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.
Warning: sexual references, and occasional coarse language.
The Summer Series:
Book 1: The Boys of Summer
Book 2.5: Stan (Novella)
Book 2: An Endless Summer
Book 2.5: Max (Novella)
Book 3: That One Summer
Book 3.5: Ringer (Novella)
Book 4: Forever Summer
Authors Note: While each title can be read as a stand-alone story, you will likely enjoy taking the journey with these characters from the beginning.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The first book in C.J. Duggan’s young adult series is a sunshiny coming-of-age story set in a lakeside Australian resort town. When 17-year-old Tess takes a summer job waitressing at the Onslow Hotel, she enters a new social circle of gorgeous older boys and complicated emotions. With its fast clip, effervescent romance, charmingly awkward heroine, and easy humor, The Boys of Summer captures the sweetness and intensity of being young in love.
Customer ReviewsSee All
This was an amusing cute read that I liked more than I thought I would. The storyline and characters everything fell together very nicely, I enjoyed the interactions with all the characters not such a long one voice monologue. Would of appreciated different points of views, hearing from the other characters but this book was so nicely done that it didn't bother me for I loved the epic reveals that are placed perfectly throughout to keep the reader on edge. The concept is adorable, summer love, first job and such; getting the emotions all rallied up for the adventure. The male lead is handsome sounding would of liked to hear from his side more to gage his reactions and thoughts for a more better understanding of who he was, the female lead was crazy obsessive and represents every 17 year old that's gone through that awkward stage of life at that age but with more flare. The supporting characters were awesome they had the enough voice time that they weren't forgotten giving the reader an impression of who they are.
The Boys of Summer from The Bookmark Blog
Tess has had it with high school boys. She spent the last year being referred to as Tic Tac Tess, and it wasn't meant in a nice way. At all. Her two best friends convince her to take a summer job at the Onslow Hotel waiting tables. The first day in walks the Onslow Boys, at least that is what her best friend calls them and it seems to fit. And among them is Toby Morrison, the guy that Tess has had a crush on for years.
Somehow Tess finds her summer spent hanging out with the Onslow boys. It leads to stolen kisses and flirting and a great summer. And maybe a little more with Toby.
Definately a summer she will always remember.
Re read a lot
It’s so good I re read it a lot, because I miss the characters.