The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan

The Boys of Summer (Book # 1 The Summer Series)


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.


The Boys of Summer is a light teen angst read. If you don't like reading about teens worrying about if the cute boy likes them and such then this is not the book for you. It would probably be better if I were younger, but I did enjoy this book. It almost got to be too much for me by the end, but it was alright. 

The book opens with Tess in the last days of school for the year. Her ex torments her and has given her the embarrassing nickname tick tack Tess. She is mortified every time it comes up, but luckily it is almost summer break. She has two great friends, Ellie and Adam, and they plan on working together this summer to make some extra money and have lots of adventures. Of course things don't work out as planned when Adam breaks his arm and is shipped off to a nearby relatives house since he can't work. 

Tess misses Adam, but pretty quick she and Ellie make friends with the "Onslow Boys." She has had a crush on Toby forever, but he has a girlfriend. They do start to hang out together and joke around and what not. It is obvious he likes her, but he is still with the mean pretty girl. Tess is very insecure about him and like everything and over analyses everything. I don't really know why she is friends with Ellie as Ellie seems...well she is not happy when things start working out for Tess. She is so negative about everything regarding Toby once he breaks up with the girlfriend. I understand what the author was going for, but I didn't really get the way she was acting. Then being all upset when Tess stopped telling her everything, when she hasn't been telling Tess everything for a long time. It was just...I didn't like Ellie. 

Of course there is some drama involved, and yes it is like what are you doing Tess?!? But I got it. I got that she was so insecure about everything that she would think the worst. Of course everything also works out, no cliffhangers or anything. So it was an alright book. I would read more in the series just to see what happens with the other characters. 

Rating: 3/5

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