From Kirsty Eagar, Summer Skin is a young adult novel about a modern-day riot grrl and an alpha male jock who explore love, trust, and double standards against the backdrop of today's hookup culture.
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 College 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.
Kirsty Eagar expertly handles a searingly honest and achingly funny story about love and sex amid the college hookup culture.
Australian author Eagar (Raw Blue) offers a YA novel about college life that, though it reflects the Australian university system, will resonate with college readers in the U.S. Eagar's characters, each of whom has a strong personality, struggle realistically with fears and vulnerabilities, especially in the areas of sex, romance, and love. Jess and her fellow Unity College women friends are angry at the men at Knights College for a sex video of Jess's friend Farren they made without permission. The women swear revenge against Knights men and cut them off entirely as potential romantic and hookup partners. But when Jess meets Mitch, a Knights College student who is grieving the loss of his best friend, the two are immediately attracted to each another and Jess struggles with powerful resentments toward what she believes Mitch represents. Eagar's portrayal of college life is a dark, believable one. The unlikely love story that arises from the antagonistic campus climate comes across as more strained than organic, but Eager's exploration of gendered and sexual power dynamics is timely and unflinchingly honest. Ages 17 up.