The Boys of Summer
Published December 17th 2012
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.
I think what drew me originally to this book is that it is set in Australia. AUSTRALIA, people! AND written by an Australian author. These things don't seem to happen very often and I just gobble them up when they do. I find it refreshing to have the change of scenery from the common American based ones. Another awesome thing about The Boys of Summer? It takes place in the 90's! It made me miss the days were simpler and living wasn't about technology, but about enjoying the world around you.
There is one quality in a person that I just CANNOT stand, and that is when people pursue someone already in a relationship. I think its really disrespectful and it's not something you would want done to your relationship so why do it to others? With this being the main plot line for the majority of the novel, it kind made me loose respect for Tess and those who encouraged her - even if Toby's girlfriend is a giant witch with a B. The one saving grace, however, is that Toby never cheats on the little witch, and thank Plumbob for that because that would've really been the last straw for me.
However, when I pushed that niggle away and focused on the feelings and moments that built between Tess and Toby, I found myself rooting for Tess to be the one left standing with the Witch crumpled on the mat and out for the count.
The Boys of Summer is a well written book about friendship, love, and the complications that such wonderful things. It has a suck-you-in world that won't spit you out until it's done with you.
3 out of 5