Friday, March 22, 2013

Blog Tour: The Boys of Summer by C.J. Duggan - Giveaway, Interview, Review

Welcome to my stop on The Boys of Summer blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE
to check out the full blog tour schedule!  There is also a giveaway going on, which you can enter below.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

The Boys of Summer (Summer #1)
by C.J.Duggan
Release Date: 12/17/12
294 pages

Summary from Goodreads:  It seemed only natural to nickname them the ‘OnslowBoys’. Every time they swaggered in the front doorof 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 course language.

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What inspired you to write the The Boys of Summer?
It was something that has been churning in my mind since I was a little girl, even if it was something no more mapped out than a group of friends hanging lakeside over a summer. It was an idea that has manifested into an entire world and I felt that I owed it to that eleven-year-old little me to develop it into a story. I know I was eleven because I had found an old exercise book with the story plotted out in my child-like handwriting and I could seldom believe it was something that had been swimming around in my subconscious for so long. It fell perfectly in line with me doing NaNo that year (National Novel Writing Month) and that was that, in one month I smashed out the bones of ‘The Boys of Summer’ (TBoS). In writing TBoS I really wanted to capture the essence of growing up in Australia. I set it in a small fictional lake side town in the 90’s to give it a certain flavor and provide a rich setting for a coming of age story, it is an absolute labor of love.
Does The Boys Of Summer have any parallels that could be drawn from your life?
I grew up in a small country town in Australia so I am well aware of what it’s like to have to make your own fun. Unfortunately our town wasn’t set on the banks of Lake Onslow but it was still a nice place to live. My first job was working as a barmaid at the local hotel and I remember the fear of my first shift and learning the ropes. The one thing I do love hearing is when a reader connects with my characters, I think there are parallels in not only my life when growing up but for many others too.
My Review:  Set in the 1990's, The Boys of Summer takes place in the small town of Onslow in Australia. Tess McGee is 17 years old, she's quiet, shy, and has been silently crushing on Toby Morrison since she was in the 7th grade.  There's only one problem, Toby Morrison is 22 years old and is one of the "Onslow Boys," or so the girls have named them, a group of older popular guys that hang out together.  Tess doesn't even think Toby knows she exists.  Tess's best friends Ellie and Adam talk her into working at Adam's uncle's hotel, The Onslow Hotel, where the "Onslow Boys" tend to spend most of their free time, for the summer......a summer that changes Tess's life forever.  

I loved Tess.  She was beautiful, even though she didn't realize it, fun loving, and smart.  Circumstances had left her very shy and insecure, but her summer with the "Onslow Boys" helped her to come out of her shell and make some really great friends.  She also finds that the boy of her dreams has been dreaming about her to.  She messes up big time, but she pushes past it, forgives, is forgiven, gets her heart broken, and finds happiness.  C.J. Duggan has done an excellent job in writing her character and I really did identify with Tess and was able to experience her emotions right along with her.  Ellie is her best friend and I liked her to.  She is a little self-centered, but when push comes to shove Ellie is there for Tess, and I just loved Adam, their other best friend.  He was hilarious and I really hope he gets a story of his own.  Toby was hotness personified and every girls dream, and I loved watching the romance develop between Toby and Tess. They had their good times and bad times, and issues to work though, but it made them stronger in the end.  I loved the other "Onslow Boys" to.  Sean was my favorite and I can't wait to read his story in Endless Summer, the next book in the series.  

Overall, I totally enjoyed The Boys of Summer.  If you love contemporary romance, then I would definitely recommend checking this book out.  

Add An Endless Summer (Summer #2) to Goodreads:

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.

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  1. I loved Sean too! Why didn't I realize that the next book was about him?? I am a nerd!

    1. I am looking forward to Sean's book to

  2. I really need to read this! I keep seeing such great things about it and I really loved the interview!

  3. wonderful review Ellen and I loved Duggan's guest post. The characters sound delightful and I am looking forward to meeting them.

    1. Thank you and thanks for stopping by!

  4. This sounds so great! Awesome post and fantastic review! I can't wait to give this one a read :D

    1. I enjoyed this book, and I hope you do to :)

  5. I love books that take place in Australian (and Australian authors). I have heard good things about this so I'm definitely going to grab it!

    1. I do to. It is one of the places I would really love to see some day.


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