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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.

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.

My thoughts
This book is so good. I actively hunted it own after loving Raw Blue and yay for Book Depository for now having Aussie titles that they ship for free directly to the UK. It was absolutely worth the effort of tracking it down.

I really loved so many things about this book and can't recommend it enough. It is older YA or could be seen as New Adult as the book is set at university. I've not been a huge fan of new adult in the past but if New Adult books were like this I'd read so much more of it.

I loved the main character Jess because she is a really awesome and strong female lead. I love the fact that she is both tough but also with a softer edge. I really rooted her from the first page and wanted to know more about what was going to happen to her. I would gladly read more books about her further experiences at university.

For me one of the best things about this book is its take on feminism. I love that these girls are independent and tough, they enjoy sex but also girly and feminine too. So many times in fiction feminism is seen as being tough and man hating and anything else is seen is unfeminist. I love how the feminism in this is flexible in much the way I think it should be to suit the different characters you meet. Linked to that Another thing that stands out about this book is that the sexy scenes are damn sexy. They aren't cliche and show girls enjoying the experiences without guilt which is refreshing.

I loved the main storyline which is centred around a revenge plot. It's exciting and interesting throughout. I found myself not wanting to put down the book as I needed to know how things were going to plan out.

All in all a book I adored. Definitely worth a look.


Kirsty Eagar has long been one of Australia’s most daring and rebellious YA writers, dating back to her powerful debut ‘Raw Blue’. ‘Summer Skin’ is more brilliance and fearlessness from this Aussie favourite, and I absolutely applaud Eagar for elevating such conversations around modern romance in our young adult literature.

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