Title: Summer Skin
Author: Kirsty Eagar
Publisher: Allen & Unwin (Aus)
Genre: Contemporary/New Adult
Date: 24th June 2016
Source: Allen & Unwin Publishing
Synopsis from GoodReads:
Jess Gordon is out for revenge. Last year the jocks from Knights College tried to shame her best friend. This year she and a hand-picked college girl gang are going to get even.
The lesson: don’t mess with Unity girls.
The target: Blondie, a typical Knights stud, arrogant, cold . . . and smart enough to keep up with Jess.
A neo-riot grrl with a penchant for fanning the flames meets a rugby-playing sexist pig – sworn enemies or two people who happen to find each other when they’re at their most vulnerable?
It’s all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy’s stuff. Just your typical love story.
A searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex amid the hotbed of university colleges by the award-winning author of Raw Blue.
I absolutely loved this book. It was full of relatable female characters, swoony boys, and was a really fun read. I found Summer Skin to be a very clever story, and had some great feminist elements to it.
As a main character, Jess is very strong-willed and funny. She is quick-witted and clever, and has a very strong sense of self. Blondie is a gorgeous guy, lovable despite his faults and insecurities. All of the supporting characters are also well-fleshed out and are a central part to the story.
The feminist side of this story was perfectly balanced. It wasn’t preachy or over-the-top, but there is a bunch of strong, independent female characters in this story, and it was wonderful to see. Also, female-female friendships!! YAAASSSS!! I love seeing good female friendships in books, and whilst I did have one minor issue with Jess’s deception, they were mostly great representatives for female friendships. So thank you!!
The writing had fantastic pacing, and the plot, whilst slightly predictable, was just wonderful. I laughed out loud on so many occasions while reading this that I actually lost count. I loved this book so much. It was so relatable, being an Aussie university student myself, and it made me so nostalgic for my days of living on campus.
I will just say that the only issue I had with this was the slightly predictable ‘taming the bad boy’ trope. Whilst Blondie isn’t a bad boy, he has his issues, and these are somewhat overcome. But even so, I think that the story was executed extremely well, and it didn’t affect my rating at all.
It was a fantastic story with deep, lovable characters who show great development over the course of the book, and I was so sad when it ended. I really want more of the Unity girls and the Knights boys!! I can’t say too much more other than I LOVED IT!!