Book Review: Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar


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.

Summer Skin’s the first book I’ve purchased by Aussie author Kirsty Eagar and I read it in no time at all! You can expect a really refreshing, super-funny New Adult romance, which also explores the pains of growing up in a hip, new, media-friendly age.

Jess is a firecracker on the page and a great main character. I loved how loud she was. Some characters creep across the page and can be just a little bit boring – but not Jess! The secondary characters were also really well developed; proving that people and relationships (friendships or LTRs) can certainly be a lot more complicated than you’d ever expect them to be!

Mitch is a flawed love interest, but that’s the thing about this book. The romance isn’t ‘novel perfect’ (despite its superb pacing) and there’s heaping, steamy spoonfuls of reality mixed in. Jess makes mistakes and Mitch has moments where he buries his head in the proverbial sand, or is a big fat grump. But this just makes the novel more honest, more real.

#shipshipship! #21stcentury #girlpower #wowbook

10 thoughts on “Book Review: Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

  1. #LoveOzYA baby 🙂 I love LOVE that this is a flawed romance. Those make for the best stories, as do heroines that aren’t picture perfect! I am impressed that the secondary characters are well developed — often they never reach that level in most books.

  2. I have only seen good things about this book lately! And I always love me a flawed romance, so I might just pick it up (although sexism is not something I enjoy reading about). I’m glad you liked this, Annette! I hope you pick up some more Aussie YA – there are so many great titles to read 😀

  3. I’ve had my eye on this book ever since I’d heard about it, I’ve finally ordered my copy too, so can’t wait for it to arrive, especially with the funk I’ve been in, Aussie books are great at helping me get my reading mojo back. Also isn’t Eagar’s writing exquisite? Fab review!

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