“Tess is relieved to be done with her eleventh year. It ended on a sour note when her ex boyfriend decided to deface her locker. Ever since their breakup, Scott has tormented her. He even gave her a horrendous nickname: Tic Tac Tess which is a reference to her supposedly flat chest. Thankfully,...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Tess is relieved to be done with her eleventh year. It ended on a sour note when her ex boyfriend decided to deface her locker. Ever since their breakup, Scott has tormented her. He even gave her a horrendous nickname: Tic Tac Tess which is a reference to her supposedly flat chest. Thankfully, Tess has two amazing best friends: Adam and Ellie. The three of them have an exciting summer planned, which entails working in the restaurant at the hotel owned by Adam's uncle. The summer is off to a promising start when the girls wait on a group of handsome and oh so sexy twenty two year old boys whom they dub the Onslow Boys. Tess has a major crush on Toby, but she doesn't dare hope that he will even notice her as she is five years his junior. What follows is a look at the simple and sun drenched days of a carefree summer. Who will win in love?
What I Liked:
*The Boys of Summer was the perfect way to end the summer. It is a simple, rather straightforward romance that is perfect for when you need a pick me up or you are just craving a way to recapture the sunny season. It brings you sun soaked carefree summer days that will make you nostalgic and take you back to your own summer romances or it presents you with possibilities to dream about. If you are a fan of sweet romance and summer fun, get this book!
*The romance is slow and satisfactory. It starts when Tess encounters her long time secret crush, Toby, at the restaurant where she works. Tess has been crushing on him since she was twelve years old, but she doesn't dare think he will turn his head and notice her, she is flat chested and five years younger after all. But what if dreams can come true and the boy can and does notice her? If you enjoy slow burning romances you will certainly like this one.
*I loved all the characters from Tess, Ellie and Adam to the charming, handsome and completely swoon worthy Onslow Boys. It doesn't take long before you are swept into the story and you feel connected with everyone. Tess, Ellie and Adam felt like long lost friends, and the Onslow Boys are everything a girl dreams of in a summer romance. I loved the camaraderie between the friends and of course the sizzling sparks of romance. Adam and Sean were the two I adored. Adam with his wicked sense of humor always made me smile, especially when he offers Tess some romantic advice and discusses finger knitting. Sean was just charming and kind, he is the type of boy you would want to be your friend, I was a bit sad that a romance wasn't in the cards for him this time around. Needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed my time with all the characters in The Boys of Summer. This is a book about friendship, sharing secrets, growth and falling in love.
*I enjoyed Tess' growth. At the beginning of the book she lacks self confidence. She truly believes that she is flat chested and not so attractive. However, over time she begins to gain confidence with the attention of the Onslow Boys. She begins to see that she is attractive. Granted, she goes through plenty of moments of doubt, especially when it comes to the matters of the heart, but who doesn't? I liked that Tess was genuine, and I loved watching her mature. She does make some mistakes along the way that made me cringe, but she learns from them.
*I soaked up the Australian setting. I enjoyed the small town setting and everything that was Australian. I always like learning new words and terms that are unfamiliar to me.
*This is a self published indie gem. It is a definitely a book worth picking up, and CJ Duggan is an indie author to watch. I can't wait to read more of her work.
*I loved the satisfying and perfect ending. After a hot summer of flirting, friendship, romance and more, everything comes to a close. It was a pleasing end to a wonderful feel good read.
And The Not So Much:
*The book opens with Tess being harassed by her ex boyfriend Scott. It was apparent that their relationship ended on a sour note and I was curious to know more. How long had they dated? What happened to cause Scott to tease Tess?
Tess blossoms and she finds that she is appealing to the opposite sex. This new found confidence causes her to land in a couple of situations that hinted at the possibility of a love triangle, thankfully, it doesn't go there. I realize that these situations happened for a reason and they helped Tess grow and change, but I can't say I was pleased with the way she used one of the boys. He deserved better.
*The romance is predictable, but it doesn't matter, the journey is worth the time. Pick this up when you want a feel good read. It may not be the most original romance, but it leaves you smiling.
*I expected to learn a bit more about Toby's relationship with Angela. Was there problems before he encountered Tess? Toby does not discuss his relationship with Angela at all, and I felt like it should have been brought up.
*This is a nit picky point, but I was surprised that the characters were still listening to cassette tapes. Maybe this is something that is pertinent to Australia, but I don't think many people listen to cassette tapes these days. However, I loved all the musical references. There was plenty of shout outs to hits of the eighties and nineties.
*This is listed as a YA title for mature readers due to sexual content. There are some sex scenes and a discussion on losing one's virginity, as well as some drinking. *Nothing is explicit or over the top, but I honestly feel that this is actually more along the lines of a New Adult title as it features characters who are in their twenties and on the verge of turning eighteen. It is fine for mature readers I would say fifteen and up.
The Boys of Summer was a wonderful way to end the summer. It captures everything you love about the summer season: hot, sunny, carefree days, sizzling romance and the camaraderie of summer friendships. Grab this book for when you need a pick me up, or when you want to relive summer. It is also perfect for reading during the final days of summer or anytime. Don't miss this book.
"Don't give your heart away too easily." He turned to me. "Make him earn it."
"It's Onslow. You can't swing a dead cat without hitting someone you know."
"So weird, society's rules. Sure, people could dry hump and make out, that was acceptable, but underage drinking was seriously frowned upon."
"Here's another helpful insight into guys, Tess: opposed to what girls think, mates talk. We are mostly apes with our brains in our pants, but don't underestimate the power of the bro code."
I purchased a copy of this book. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
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About The Book:
Tess was expecting this summer to be the summer she wanted to be: to be at the Onslow lake with her two best friends, Adam and Ellie. But her two best friends have another different idea. What could be better for summer than to work in the Onslow Hotel the three friends, earning money, meeting new hot guys and going to the hotel swimming pool?
Since Tess did not want to be left apart, she gets in this not so dreamy summer. And the problem is that she is afraid of everything. She's what you would called a shy person thanks, in part, to his jackass ex-boyfriend who has made her life a living hell since they broke up. She's even afraid of the coffee machine! The summer is getting even worse, when Adam breaks his arm while dancing, drunk, on a pool table. As a punishment his is sent to spent the summer with his grandmother, knitting and carry boxes from the grocery. That's when Tess thinks this summer is the worst summer ever. Until they met the Onslow Boys.
It was easy to called them the Onslow Boys. They were every day after a hard week at work, filling the place with laughter and jokes. And Toby Morrison, Tess' crush since she can remember, is one of the hot Onslow Boys.
What seemed a not so dreamy summer time, it begins to be the best summer of their lives. They hang out with The Onslow Boys almost every day. Old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews, that is what the Onslow Boys are. And the summer gets even more memorable when two of the Onslow Boys are fighting to get her heart.
We cannot believe that we have not found this book sooner. We are madly, deeply and insanely in love with each Onslow Boy. As we were reading the book, each time Duggan describe The Onslow Boys, the only think we were able to think was in a big shiny sign where you could read: Serious Hot Guys Alert. Besides that they are like a big group of masculine hormones, but in a good sense. They are man, not guys and they are mature from other characters like Tess' ex-boyfriend. It is also good to see that they are honest and good people and most important, they respect Tess and Ellie.
We really enjoyed seeing Tess change through the story. She was really shy thanks to his jackass boyfriend who made her life a living hell in high school. She was willing to forget everything in summer and hide from everything, but instead she ends up exposing herself each weekend at the Onslow Hotel. She has to fade the exigent crowd and she is able to gain confidence. But having someone like The Onslow Boys in her life, boys that did not judge a person by what people said or how they look like, is what really make Tess get loose.
Ellie, however, is what guys could consider a bombshell. And because of that and her attitude toward the boys in her high school, she is consider a slut. Imagine our shock when she drops a big bomb of truth right into our face in the end of the book. We were beyond stunned. We think that this character is the one that provides all the energy to the book and the one who is always willing to do the things other are afraid to do.
Adam is the funny friend everyone has in their group of friends. We are in love with him and a little bit disappointed, because we were suspecting all along that he had some feelings for Tess and we were hoping to see him fight with our beloved Onslow Boys, all caveman. But he steps aside! What?!?! Yes, ladies. All a gentleman. To not ruin their friendship. Bullshit! We think he was afraid of the hotness of the Onslow Boys (*wink, wink*). Despite this, we would not mind to have our personal Adam with us!
We would love to talk to every Onslow Boy, but we are gonna talk just about the ones who made our heart beat fast. Is that or talk non stop!
Sean is a legal and honest guy. We have been repeating over and over that they are hot, but we think Sean is the one that would win the title of the Hottest Onslow Boy. He's such a great guy that even when Tess messes up everything at the almost end of the book he even tries to help, trying to smooth things. Even when all the trouble comes looking for him! Such boy is not easily to find.
And the only Onslow Boy left to talk about is Toby. Toby Morrison. We are in love with him because he tries to do the right things. He's hot, a good guy and he's having some problems while being around Tess. He even leaves his former girlfriend! However, the have a few problems, all because of Tess. She thinks that a boy like Toby Morrison, older than her, more mature than the boys she's been with and one of the Onslow Boys, would never, ever, ever, would go out with a child like her, right? Wrong! And that's the problem in their relationship: Tess' insecurity. Although, like we have repeat until our eyes hurt, he's a good guy and they way he handles things it made us cry! Where do we have to sign up to find such guys?
We are very fond with this couple and think they are really cute together. However, we feel really bad for Sean. Poor, hot, good Sean.
Book Addicts, this book is one of our most beloved Summer Reads, definitely! We are madly in love with all of the Onslow Boys and we are trying to find guys like them for this summer!! (*wink, wink*).
You'll fall in love with the book, with the boys and with both girls. This Summer Read is gonna captivate you from the first page and you won't be able to leave the book or go to sleep until you've read it all! That's what happened to us. We finished the book in one evening. We were really sad to finish our relationship with the Onslow Boys so soon, but then we saw that the second book is going to be released this summer! Yes, Book Addicts, Endless Summer is gonna bring our beloved characters. Plus, it's all about Sean this time! So, what better time will you find than this time to start reading this book?
Captivating, refreshing, full of hotness and funny. This would be a few of the words, from a lot more, we would use to describe this book. We can assure you, Book Addicts, that you're gonna fall for this book as much as we did. You're gonna jump so quickly in the story that this summer you'll be searching for some vacations like the ones the characters spend, some boys like the Onslow boys and a summer full of new experiences and romance! So what are you waiting for? ”
“"5 out of 5 stars--a teenage girl grows up and comes into her own during the summer before her Year Twelve begins because of good friends, forbidden love, and a whole lot of fun late night activities!
I fell in love with this novel, mostly because of how Tess blooms throughout it and because of her unique and growing relationship with Toby."
Read more of this review, two teasers, and a guest post by Ms. Duggan here: http://frommetoyouvideophoto.blogspot.com/2013/04/blog-tour-idolizing-in-boys-of-summer.html”
“Tess did not imagine her summer vacation would end up like this one did. First her two best friends talk her into getting a job at a restaurant with them. That is where she meets the ‘Onslow Boys’. During the summer as she gets to know them better she starts to come out of her shell and become more confident and sure of herself. She ends up of falling in love with her first crush Toby and makes a mistake that will make this a summer she will never forget.
Wow. This was one incredible book and the journey it took me on was so entertaining. It is the first New Adult Contemporary book I have read that takes place in Australia and it really has made me so interested in visiting this country. I was fascinated with how similar yet so different the Aussie and the American cultures are.
The Boys of Summer is a book about friendship, boys and growing up over summer break. C.J. Duggan did a wonderful job developing these characters and their lives in the small town of Onslow. The way they changed seemed so natural and the situations they went through felt very real. I am very impressed with the way this was written and I look forward to seeing more by this author.
“Set in the 1990's, The Boys of Summer takes place in the small town of Onslow in Australia. Tess McGee is 17 years old, she's quiet, shy, and has been silently crushing on Toby Morrison since she was in the 7th grade. There's only one problem, Toby Morrison is 22 years old and is one of the "Onslow Boys," or so the girls have named them, a group of older popular guys that hang out together. Tess doesn't even think Toby knows she exists. Tess's best friends Ellie and Adam talk her into working at Adam's uncle's hotel, The Onslow Hotel, where the "Onslow Boys" tend to spend most of their free time, for the summer......a summer that changes Tess's life forever.
I loved Tess. She was beautiful, even though she didn't realize it, fun loving, and smart. Circumstances had left her very shy and insecure, but her summer with the "Onslow Boys" helped her to come out of her shell and make some really great friends. She also finds that the boy of her dreams has been dreaming about her to. She messes up big time, but she pushes past it, forgives, is forgiven, gets her heart broken, and finds happiness. C.J. Duggan has done an excellent job in writing her character and I really did identify with Tess and was able to experience her emotions right along with her. Ellie is her best friend and I liked her to. She is a little self-centered, but when push comes to shove Ellie is there for Tess, and I just loved Adam, their other best friend. He was hilarious and I really hope he gets a story of his own. Toby was hotness personified and every girls dream, and I loved watching the romance develop between Toby and Tess. They had their good times and bad times, and issues to work though, but it made them stronger in the end. I loved the other "Onslow Boys" to. Sean was my favorite and I can't wait to read his story in Endless Summer, the next book in the series.
Overall, I totally enjoyed The Boys of Summer. If you love contemporary romance, then I would definitely recommend checking this book out. ”