Monday, March 18, 2013

Blog Tour: The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

Welcome to my stop on The Boys of Summer blog tour hosted by YA Bound. Click HERE to check out the full blog tour schedule!

Title: The Boys of Summer
Author: C.J. Duggan
Published: December 17th 2012
Publisher: C.J. Duggan
It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘Onslow Boys’. Every time they swaggered in the front door of the Onslow Hotel after a hard week’s work, their laughter was loud and genuine as they settled onto their bar stools. I peeked through the restaurant partition, a flimsy divider between my world and theirs. I couldn't help but smile whenever I saw them, saw him ... Toby Morrison.

Quiet seventeen-year-old Tess doesn’t relish the thought of a summertime job. She wants nothing more than to forget the past haunts of high school and have fun with her best friends before the dreaded Year Twelve begins.

To Tess, summer is when everything happens: riding bikes down to the lake, watching the fireworks at the Onslow Show and water bomb fights at the sweltering Sunday markets.

How did she let her friends talk her into working?

After first-shift disasters, rude, wealthy tourists and a taunting ex-boyfriend, Tess is convinced nothing good can come of working her summer away. However, Tess finds unlikely allies in a group of locals dubbed ‘The Onslow Boys’, who are old enough to drive cars, drink beer and not worry about curfews. Tess’s summer of working expands her world with a series of first times with new friends, forbidden love and heartbreaking chaos.

All with the one boy she has never been able to forget.

It will be a summer she will always remember.

I wouldn't have read this right away if I haven't been part of the blog tour which I actually forgot I signed up for until I, to my surprise, received a schedule for a tour stop. Haha! Yeah, it was during the few weeks before my practicum ended and my blogging schedule was really a mess. But now, I'm so glad I am part of this tour and that I'll be able to share you how much I enjoyed this book because The Summer Boys is definitely a very lovely read!

It's been quite a while since the last time I read a summer book. The Boys of Summer was definitely a good way to start with them. A lot of my GR friends have enjoyed this very much so I was really excited to start this. And to realized that this book isn't just some ordinary contemporary book, but a summer read, set in Australia, in the 90's (!) is definitely a very very good treat and encouragement to read this book.

The characters of this book are very fascinating to read about. Every one of them complimented each other and made this book shine and stand out. They carried the story very well and have provided so much amusement and laughter in me. Tess was a fantastic MC. The development and changes she'd gone through with the help of her friends and the Onslow boys and how she realized and learned things about herself were very admirable. She had her frustrating moments too but I'm glad how she reflected on it in the end.

The Onslow boys are the gem of this book! Haha! They just made this book feel more summery and light. Full of easy banters, teasing and laughter. Even with the age difference they had with Ellie and Tess they treated them with so much respect. They treated them like equal and not like they're just some naive teenage girls but still took great care of them.

After reading this I felt like I just had my own summer in Onslow! I enjoyed going through different experiences Tess, Ellie, Adam and the Onslow Boys had in their summer. The friendship they formed and the lessons they learned with it was wonderful. The romantic build-up between Toby and Tess too was really sweet. Although I think the conflict around the last part felt a bit too dramatic and frustrating, I'm glad how they pass through with it and how it strengthened more their relationship.

This book is such a lovely summer read. I would gladly recommend this to everyone! Read this. :)

About the Author: 

C.J Duggan is an Australian author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her Mature Young Adult Romance Series.

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  2. Oh, I totally agree with you, Eunice! This book sounds like a perfect summer read. :) You don't know how relieved I am that The Onslow Boys don't take advantage of the younger girls and instead being a true friend. I hope the dramatic conflict won't bother me too much though. :)

    Amazing review, hun! <3 So glad you loved this book! :)

  3. THIS BOOK SOUNDS JUST WONDERFUL. THE 90'S? AUUUSTRALIA? I'm SO in. Everything seems to just click in this book, eh? I really want to meet these polite Onslow boys and the way they treat the main girls. I really need to start picking up summer books to get in the book, so this one sounds perf to the perrrrf. Thanks for the awesome review, Eunice!

  4. Yes Eunice this book definitely got me in the mood for Summer too! Sometimes you're just in the mood for a quick pick me up and The Boys of Summer was exactly what I needed! I can't wait for more of the gang in the next book! Lovely review! :)

  5. I just won this book Eunice and I'm so excited to read it! It does sound like the perfect summer read, and I can't help but hope if I go ahead and read it, my doing so will usher in warmer weather. It's still entirely too cold here. Can't wait to meet these Onslow boys!

  6. Awesome! Definitely a book I would love to read during spring break next week. A nice romance (Drama is good), good genuine guys and an enjoyable story.
    Fantastic review Eunice!!!!! ^^

  7. I really liked that the boys treated Tess and her friends as equals, too, despite the age gap. This book was such a relaxing read for me, for the most part. I can't for the next one! Great review, Eunice. :) I'm thrilled you enjoyed this one too.

  8. Everyone seemed to really enjoy this, Eunice. It seems like there is some frustration that might irritate me as well, so I'd probably have the same feelings reading this as you. Great review. :)


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