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The Boys of Summer (The Summer Series Book 1) by [Duggan, C.J]
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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.

Warning: sexual references, and occasional coarse language.

The Summer Series:
Book 1: The Boys of Summer
Book 2: An Endless Summer
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.

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. For more on C.J and ‘The Summer Series’, visit

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The world of the Onslow is fascinating! I was drawn in quickly because the writing flowed easily. I loved learning about this new place and the Australian vocabs that popped up here and there were so neat!

The story progressed nice and slow with Tess and Toby getting to know each other first. Even though Tess had a crush on Toby when she was younger, she doesn't let it go over her head when he starts paying attention to her. The build up was just perfect for me and when things heated up, I loved every moment of it!

All the characters were just adorable!! I love that they made mistakes. It made them all the more real to me. I also loved that they learned to forgive. Toby being forgiving shows that some relationships are worth saving and fighting for!!

Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of Angela's, it did bothered me a tinsy tiny bit with what happened. However, I do know that that's reality and it's better than lying to yourself and making everyone around you miserable so I guess it was fine ;)

This book and I'm going to say this series is definitely worth picking up. Be warned that you will become addicted to the Onslow Boys!!
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The first novel in the series, we are introduced to a load of characters. Adam convince his two best friends Tess and Ellie to work with him at his uncle's hotel pub (hereinafter, "the Onslow") for the summer. He promises them the best summer of their lives before heading into their last year of high school. The Onslow is the center hub of all that goes on in this small town. Everyone hangs out here, this is where everything happens. The Onslow is home base to Adam's brother's (Chris') friends (Sean, Toby, Stan and Ringer). This group of attractive and popular guys dubbed the Onslow Boys has every girls' attention and, of course, each one of them is irresistible in their own way. This is Tess and Toby's story. Toby's the older guy with the hot girlfriend. Tess is the naive, quiet, insecure girl who has no idea what she's got going for her. She's had a crush on him since before she even hit highschool but he has no idea she exists. What's a girl to do?

These two novels are exactly the types of novels I love to read in the summer. Seeing as I'm not knee-deep in snow right now and it's relatively warm where I am, it fits! The world (the sleepy small town of Onslow) that C.J. Duggan has created is one easily imaginable and filled with characters that are easy to relate to and love. You have Amy the little sister to everyone, the sweet and innocent Tess alongside the bad-girl Ellie and then you have the guys--Adam, the best friend; Chris, the serious one; Sean, the partying womanizer; Toby, the quiet one; Stan, the cute one; and Ringer, the one that nobody takes too seriously but everyone loves (gee, with a name like that...) Each one of these characters bring their own stories to the table and I loved reading how their stories interlaced.
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The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan is the first in a trilogy. I read this as an eBook (something I rarely do) and I don’t know if it is available as a hard copy (a heads up if you are planning on reading it). With that in mind, I enjoyed this book.

I like reading stories where the main character is about my age because I find it much more relatable. This story was just that. The thing I liked the most about the characters in this story is that you really got to know them on a more personal level, which allowed me to really connect with them. Most of the time, readers are unable to find a connection with the protagonist in the story making the book a little less enjoyable; at least that is the case for me.

With this novel, the characters all seem “real” and easy to relate to – something that seems quite hard to accomplish nowadays.

I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a believable story with “real” characters.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d619804) out of 5 stars Summer Lovin' Dec 14 2012
By YA Madness - Published on
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What it's about: Tess has scored herself a summer job - and it's going to be one summer she won't ever forget! From sneaking out to hang out with the Onslow boys, to working in the local hotel, the summer fun is just beginning! But wait, there's more! Just add a drop of drama and a few slashes of comedy and I present to you - The Boys of Summer.

What I thought: This book kept me up until the wee hours of the morning because I literally could not force myself to put it down - I just had to know what happened. Everything about The Boys of Summer absolutely blew me away. Firstly, how gorgeous is that cover? Yes, very eye-catching. Can't wait to have that baby on my book shelf! Next, C.J. Duggan has created this fantastic little town called Onslow - which I desperately want to exist because its sounds awesome! Then there are the Onslow boys which you will have absolutely no choice but to fall in love with - it's a given everyone. Toby, Sean, Stan and Ringer. Toby we get to know quite well and believe me guys, he's the fictional character of your dreams. Read it and weep girls - you've found him. Sean is a strong second runner up for me - I almost loved him as much as Toby, it's true. Stan and Ringer we don't really get to know too well, which is a shame, but we know them enough to know we'd want them as friends. This story is about Tess, but the Onslow boys really do steal the show away. But what I really love the most, is watching Tess go from wallflower extraoidanaire to super-hot babe flirting with all the boys, sneaking out of home. Watching Tess go on this life-changing journey is extremely touching and you just can't help cheer for her. Of course she couldn't have done it without a bit of help from her best friends Ellie and Adam!

I will be recommending this book to anyone who listen basically. Do yourself a favour and go grab a copy now!

The Good: Can I just say everything? Yep. Everything.

The Bad: The next book, isn't released for, like, forever. *Sigh*

Rating: 5 Bookstacks
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9ddbe5c4) out of 5 stars Fantastic Onslow Boys!!!!! Dec 15 2012
By Adriane - Published on
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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.



I think I have found my favorite book of 2012! I just had to wait for the end of the year, that's all. C.J. Duggan wrote such a gem with this one.

Seriously, I'm packing up and moving. If there are guys out there like Sean, Adam, and Toby, I want one. Doesn't hurt that I'm reading about Summer in Australia and I'm sitting here in my coat freezing by hind parts off.

Okay, now that I got all the gushing out of my system, I can go on! I really loved this book. The characters were so well written it was easy to fall in love with them. And the story was great. So well written. I really couldn't put this one down! I started reading this one and couldn't wait to finish it.

Oh, and by the way, when you get to the end and see that Duggan has written another book coming out in 2013? It makes you want to do a happy dance! Well, okay, I did do a happy dance. Then I emailed her and found out who the next book was about! And it was one of my favorite characters in this book! I won't tell you, cause it will spoil this one, but I am SO looking forward to the next book in the series. With that note, I think C.J. Duggan is going to add me to her stalker list or her best friend list. Not really sure which at this point. I did get points for reading the book really fast, but again, it was hard to put down!

Anyway, if you are looking for a lighthearted, fun read over the holidays, this is your best bet! Go for it, I promise, you'll enjoy it!



(Again, I would probably give it a 6 or 7, but my brain just doesn't let me go that high!)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9db64ba0) out of 5 stars The Best Contemporary Read of Your Life Dec 19 2012
By hannahmembs - Published on
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I cannot begin to describe the love I have for this book. Let's just say if a book can keep you up all night until the sun rises and you can hear your neighbours go to work, then it's definitely a winner. I really don't know how this book escaped my attention, as it's exactly the type that appeals to me. Plus the author is Australian! Where have I been living? Anyway, I found it, I waited (very impatiently) until payday, I bought it and I read it. But no, the buck doesn't stop there.

Welcome to the town of Onslow, where the population doesn't go past 3000 unless it's the summer. Tess, who lives in the shadows of her two best friends, Ellie and Adam, gets roped in to working shifts at the local hotel during the summer between Year Eleven and Twelve. At first Tess is reluctant - all she wants is the perfect summer with her besties, not to be harassed by tourists. All that changes when she meets the Onslow Boys - the gorgeous, older guys that hang around the hotel playing pool. Including Toby Morrison, the guy she's had a secret crush on for years.

Everything about this book is perfect. Where to start? The characters. Tess is your average seventeen year old, trying to find her place in the world. A disastrous break up with her ex has left her with a horrible nickname and confident levels heading into the minus. But break her out of her shell and she's witty, loquacious and amazing at banter. My perfect girl. Then there's Toby, who has, as Tess so nicely puts it, more mood changes than four seasons in one day. But what I love about Toby is he's not like other boys in 'Mature YA/NA novels' who have chips on their shoulders larger than Texas. He's sexy, funny and witty. He's shy around people he doesn't know, but opens up to those he does. Yeah, he's perfect. I could go on and on about everybody else, but in order not to make this review ten pages long, let's just say that everyone else was perfect. From Tess's best friends Ellie and Adam, who all had their unique attributes and the Onslow Boys - where can I meet a set of them? Puh-lease? I really felt for Sean as well, and definitely think that he needs his own spin off series!

The whole story and plot line was amazing. Not once did it lag, or seem like the storyline was going around in circles (like I've noticed some books do). There was a great amount of tension and romance to light hearted bantering, and C.J. has an amazing talent for keeping the reader entranced in the story. I hadn't actually realized too, that the story was set in the 1990s until they started belting out to Wonderwall like it was Gangham Style. The carefree, lazy summer days reminded me so much of my own childhood and what I loved about summer the most (okay, I wasn't their age in the 1990s, but we still silly danced to Kung Foo Fighting too!). CJ captured the perfect summer romance, one that twisted my heart into a million pieces. I loved all the little quips that came from Tess and her friends, a couple of my favourite liners being:

"Tess, it's Onslow. People go to the opening of an envelope, seriously, what is there to do in this town?"

"Toby was behind the wheel. It wasn't a serial killer, it was Toby. "Oh thank God it's you! I thought you were a murderer."

The Boys of Summer is a story about self discovery and first true love that will stay with you for a long time after you read it. It will leave you delirious, as if you are experiencing Tess's emotions yourself, and when the book ends you'll have come out of the most amazing dreams ever! A perfect summer read, I know that all I will be doing for the next couple of months is re-reading this, waiting for my own Toby to come along. In the mean time, I'll just wait for the second book in the series, which will more than likely come before Toby does!

Watch out Melina Marchetta, CJ Duggan is in town and she's ready to claim the Queen of Australian YA title!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0ee857c) out of 5 stars One of my favourite books of the year, it's a MUST READ! Dec 16 2012
By Lesley (My Keeper Shelf) - Published on
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I stayed up until 2:37am to finish The Boys of Summer to say I was gripped would be a massive understatement. I swooned, I cried, I laughed and then I swooned a little bit more. At 70% I had to physically put it down to wipe away a little tear after shouting a gigantic "Noooooo!!" at my poor kindle. I loved it, and then I loved it some more.

A real coming of age story, Tess has lived in the shadow of her gorgeous boy crazy BFF Ellie and cool but thoroughly likeable Adam. Tess is hoping that a lazy and fun filled summer will let her forget about the cruel torments from moron ex-boyfriend Scott. Instead, Adam talks Tess and Ellie into working at Onslow hotel where they will be at the mercy of posh tourists and excessive dish washing before he breaks his arm and finds himself packed off to his Nan's house. To Tess the summer looks utterly bleak until the Onslow boys arrive at the hotel's pool room. Tess has crushed on Toby Morrison since forever, but he has a perky blonde girlfriend and Tess has always happily blended into the scenery. But with Onslow Boys Tobey, Stan, Sean and Ringer around Tess's life as a wall flower will change forever and she will never forget this summer. Filled with humour, flirtyness and some seriously heart breakingly good romantic moments The Boys of Summer absolutely blew me away, it's a must read.

My initial thoughts after finishing The Boys of Summer were something along the lines of "I wonder how much exactly an airfare to Australia is?" because I want to live in a town like Onslow (even though I know in my head it's a made up Aussie town). I also want Tess's sense of humour and her ability to deliver the best one liners ever "Remember, boys, hands off your nuts." made me honestly, snort with laughter. Her ability to initially blurt out unintentionally suggestive comments around the Onslow boys which resulted in her cringing even more inside made me love her even more. I also want a best pal like Adam who's adorable and totally on Tess's side, his emails back and forth to Tess had me laughing out loud. I really did want to kick Tess's ex-boyfriend the truly cruel and spineless Scott right up the backside. But most of all, I want an Onslow boy of my own. I really, really wanted to steal head Onslow boy Toby E Morrison because he is undoubtedly the most swoon worthy character I've read in ages. New book boyfriend? why yes, I think so.

Self published by C.J. herself, The Boys of Summer is polished, beautifully written and full of heart. I've loved C.J.'s style of writing since I discovered her on the interwebz, her blog posts are always full of win ranging from her journey as a writer to hilarious posts about her guilty pleasures such as the love of pretty cushions for decorative effect to the crane move in Karate Kid. C.J. has transferred her witty conversational style and ability to tell the most amazing story into her debut novel The Boys of Summer. As a reader I could absolutely picture Onslow in my head, those lazy summer bike rides, swimming at the lake and the towns fireworks display and I thought the supporting characters she created (not just the Onslow boys although I did love them the most!) really added to the story. I have to say though I'm really hoping C.J. writes Sean's story I loved him to bits!

The Boys of Summer is now up there as one of my favourite Aussie YA books alongside Melina Marchetta's Saving Francesca and Cath Crowley's Graffiti Moon and it absolutely deserves to be there. If I could give it a squillion stars I would. It's a must read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9d6fe714) out of 5 stars Just the drama you need to spice up your life :D Dec 21 2012
By live a little - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
Hot boys alert!!!! The Onslow boys is the book you need if you're lacking drama in your life or lacking hot young men :D I really enjoyed myself reading the book. I thought the first 10% of the book was a bit boring, but I was so glad that I did not quit because of how good the book turn out to be. Tess is a shy 17 yrs old high school girl who lacks self confidence. She has always been mooning over Toby, and during her summer job at the Onslow hotel, she met what her best friend named 'the onslow boys' and there she got to know her long time crush Toby. I like how the story progresses with Tess and Toby, but not only that but also it went into other relationships, like the bromance the friends shared with each other. What makes it so enjoyable to read was also the humour in this book. I was laughing like a lunatic throughout the book. Thats how much I really enjoyed it!!! Cannot wait to read the 2nd book :D