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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  2,779 ratings  ·  553 reviews
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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published February 1st 2016 by Allen & Unwin
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Emily May
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is one of the sexiest romances I've ever read, easily the sexiest New Adult romance I've ever read. And it's so wonderfully feminist too.

It's been four years since Eagar has released a novel and now she comes rushing back onto the playing field with this very different, very feisty novel about revenge and female sexuality. It's a completely different beast from the heart-wrenching Raw Blue - her titles seem to be very telling; the other book was raw and blue, this one is about heat and
Mar 12, 2016 rated it liked it
"No one wounds me with impunity."

.: RATING: 3.5 STARS :.

Well. This was different. Good different. This isn't one of those backhanded differents where you're over someone house and they ask you how their quinoa, zucchini, onion-stuffed pumpkin entree is and you're just there like "uhh, it's um–" *attempts to choke it down* "–it's different". *spits food into napkin and hides it into purse*

((just to finish the story-- 'someone's house' was actually parent's house. quinoa-stuffed concoction no
Pearl Angeli
Oct 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
DNF @ 12%.

Reading this book was like a chore. I don't know what the heck is going on.


The writing style was so difficult to get into and the whole thing confused me. I don't even know how to describe the story since the narration doesn't make any sense to me at all. And so I decided to break the agony and just let this book go.



Pages of Pearl

Sep 02, 2015 rated it liked it
Well, it's hot alright. But I don't see how this novel is any different than all other "new adult" romances. I don't think Eagar managed to escape any of "new adult" tropes. Essentially, "Summer Skin" is the same story about a good girl reforming a bad boy. Yes, accompanied by some feminist talk, but mostly filled with misunderstandings, break-ups and make-ups, hot-and-cold jerkiness on the part of the bad boy, a "secret" and hot hook-ups.

Summer Skin is the type of New Adult novel I've been waiting to be written; a book that is sexy, passes the Bechdel test, and discusses feminism without shame or pretense. It's a story of two rival schools--Unity, co-ed, and Knights, all-male and distinctly elite. Last year the Knights men made a bet to sleep with a Unity freshman and this year, the Unity girls are out for revenge. The story opens with Jess, a Unity girl, sneaking onto the Knights campus to steal a Knights jersey--the prize for ...more
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Emily May

4.5 stars. Every time I read Kirsty Eagar's work I'm hit by the same uneasy feeling : we've [I' ve] used realistic too many times and its meaning sort of... watered-down, when really, authors who capture the inherent messiness of real relationships are so, so rare - Melina Marchetta and Kirsty Eagar are the only ones who pull it off for me, if I'm being honest. And yet, I know it's a double-edged sword. I know - and I understand - that many of my friends would not love this novel because they wa
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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Actual rating: 4.5

If there's anything that I wished I had at university, it is Summer Skin. Finally, there's a book that tells you that having sex is okay without being called a slut, that it's okay to stand up for yourself in an abusive relationship, that it's okay to tell off misogynist men while still maintaining your values. This isn't a usual love story, and it isn't the usual story about feminism. It's about two individ
Alex ♈
Thanks to my friend Sunny’s Books for recommending this book to me!

Despite I didn’t like the main characters much, it was worth reading.
Like one of the books, which makes you mad, but you can’t put it down – aka bag of chips *lol*

I would recommend this book for those, who are looking for a different read, maybe even to break out of their comfort zone. And if you are a feminist!
Though the girls/women in this book were not my preferred type of feminists.

I’m not the right auditorium for YA reads,
Kelly (Diva Booknerd)
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh Kirsty Eagar, how I love thee.

As a reader, don't you tire of the same protagonists? The sleek, blonde and usually perfect young women who seem to have it all on a platter? Yeah, me too kids. Me too. You clearly haven't met Jess. Jess Gordon is a strong, no nonsense girl that could be the voice of the young feminism movement. Jess attends a not so prestigious collage with campus boarding, where females band together against the onslaught against the Knights, an all male boarding house who teac
You know, these days I don't even bother reading New Adult anymore, because it's a genre I usually find myself disliking. But the thing is, Summer Skin was supposed to be different.

I think my biggest mistake was going into this book with very high expectations - that were, inevitably, disappointed. I was told of a NA book that would defy all tropes, that had a feminist main character and a beautiful romance; I was told of a book that would be different from all others. And really, now I keep won
Nov 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
‘Summer Skin’ is the new young adult novel from Australian author, Kirsty Eagar.

Fair warning: when I love something I like to talk about it and examine it from all angles. I really loved ‘Summer Skin’, so prepare for a long, loving review …

First I’m trying to think of how to describe this book and what happens, plot-wise, when I don’t actually want to give too much away. Also that there’s isn’t really much to give away that the blurb doesn’t already beautifully summarise, like with this pithy o
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So, I started Summer Skin this morning and finished it at 1.15am and probably would have finished earlier if I hadn't been required to fulfill domestic chores and what not. Kirsty Eager, you wily minx. I am throwing handfuls of stars right at your gorgeous face. I loved Jess and Mitch. They made me laugh and cry. They broke my heart and put it back together. This was unflinching, honest, confronting, uncomfortable and triumphant. It's awfully late and I'm such a nana and I am going to pay horrib ...more
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
UPDATE 2020: Had the sudden urge to check out one scene from this book and ended up rereading all the scenes with Mitch in one quick succession. (Yes, I still skip the pages only to read the scenes with Mitch/Blondie).

Is this my favorite book couple? No. Is this my favorite romance? Yes. Make it make sense...

It's just that I take so much joy in the actual romance scenes of this book that I don't even care for the fact that the couple doesn't fit that well together. Similarly to my reading expe
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Summer Skin offers a 'girl meets boy' story, a typical trope in YA/NA fiction, but author Kirsty Eagar has stripped back the common artifice of the construct to present a love story that honest, unique and relevant.

I found Jess to be a particular refreshing character for the YA/NA genre, though a mess of contradictions, she reflects a realistic young woman still figuring out that life and its challenges are rarely black and white.

Mitch challenges Jess in interesting ways, at first glance he is
I'd heard great things about this book, so I figured I'd read it for myself before ordering a copy for work. And wowsers, I'm glad I read it before I ordered it because I'm pretty sure my boss would sack me for ordering this. I've seen a few people referring to this as YA, but NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE NOPE, it's very definitely a new adult book, with the explicit sex scenes that are practically a requirement of new adult books.

Anyway. That has very little to do with the book itself and is more to do
Reread: May 2018

Buddy reread with Rachel!

Man, I miss reading this book. This reread was wayyyyy overdue.

Anyway, Summer Skin is finally releasing in US/CAN on May 29th!!!

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First read: Feb 2016

4.75 stars


how do you even review a book you love, tell meeeeeee

I've been in a reading rut for a while, starting and abandoning and putting books on hold, and the fact that I stayed with this book from start to finish said a lot about it.

Summer Skin is definitely the Wow book I've been look
Marla Mei
This book is so fucking beautiful it hurts. I've already reread my favorite parts countless times ever since I finished it last night and I still can't get enough.

Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was ok
I was so excited to read this book because:



But I think this book may be for people who aren’t normally into romance. I didn’t find it particularly romantic or sexy, just cute at certain moments. I felt that it told a more realistic story about life and specifically, college life, in general.

I expected BAM, something in your face. Something as loud as that cover, you know? This book just wasn’t unforgettable to me, despite having strong ch
Emily Mead
Nov 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
AHHH. Aussie YA is on point this year. Seriously guys, you're going to want to read this. It's sexy and smart and Jess is a protagonist you'll immediately love.

Absolutely loved it. Review to come!


Aussie YA this year is ON POINT, guys!

I’ve read some absolutely amazing books – this and My Sister Rosa and Facing Up and the Colours of Madeleine series, for instance.

If NA was more popular in Australia (or anywhere), this would probably be classified as NA. And so would one
L A i N E Y ~back in a bit~
For the life of me I still don’t know why oh why why these two didn’t just get together?! Who’s stopping them? Nobody that’s who! So I kept getting exasperated with the fake “angst” when they were like “oh I can’t be with you”.... yeah but... why??

I actually am getting frustrated just thinking about it now. It just made no sense to me.

So regardless of that one time I found the scene between them quite sexy, it’s a let down for me.
Mar 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book, you guys! It was wonderful! I just loved it. And I don't say it often, especially not when we are talking about NA romance. And this book is unlike any NA romance I've read. The plot might seem very simple, and maybe it is, but what I loved the most in the book was how despite the simple plot, the author has managed to create such beautiful story.

The female characters in Summer Skin are great. This book is mainly about feminism, and our protagonist, Jess, is a best fit for it; She doe
Carol -  Reading Writing and Riesling
Mar 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
WOW! This author can write!

My View:
This New Adult/Mature YA book took me completely by surprise. The writing is fresh, bold and honest and the characters are written without self-consciousness but with a healthy dose of self-awareness. This is new age feminism at its best.

Realistic (well I cant vouch for the university pranking/drinking /hook up culture – I was a very mature age uni student when I completed my degree, studying part time, working part time with no experience of living in a board
Paula Weston
Feb 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is such a timely and excellent read. Not just because it’s brilliantly written, witty and populated with engaging, three-dimensional characters, but because it explores an aspect of young adult life we don’t discuss as frankly as we should.

Summer Skin deftly picks apart how the all-pervading porn culture impacts intimacy between teenagers (in this case uni students still finding their way as adults with new freedoms), particularly the ‘pressure to perform’.

The issue of connecting on more th
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is smart. And hot. It is written with the authenticity and detail of literary fiction, but is essentially genre romance at its best.

Amusing, complex characters, and the sort of relational tension that is left unresolved until the final page. If I had one complaint it would be that Eagar's style can border on frenetic. At times I wanted her (as a writer) to just calm down. Breathe. But perhaps she was merely deep within the point of view of her protagonist, Jess, who is a little freneti
Mar 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of the new adult genre
Shelves: favorites
smart, hot, funny, feminist, romantic, sexy, moving...

why the hell didn't anyone tell me about this book?!?

this was the feminist NA love story i've been waiting for.

genuinely me throughout the entire thing:

(p.s. gracias a Gliré por facilitarme una copia!)
Nov 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2016
Originally posted at Chachic's Book Nook.

I was introduced to Kirsty Eagar's beautiful writing through Raw Blue, which I read and loved way back in 2011. Wowza, I didn't know it's been that long! I was pretty excited when I found out that she has a new book this year and with such a bright and fun cover too. I saw Aussie bloggers raving about Summer Skin, and I knew that I needed to have my own copy sooner rather than later. Thankfully, Book Depository now has stocks of some Aussie titles and
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Eri by: lisa
4.75 stars

This is the type of book that feels so achingly real it hurts, and character that tug at your every heartstring. I seem to get this feeling most often with ausYA, and after discussing with Lisa, we both agree that a lot of it could be with how the YA genre seems to be more liberal and less censored? compared to the YA books published in the US.

"All I really think is that girls are allowed to collect life experiences, too, without it meaning that they're ruined."

Jess, our heroine,
Eliza ☽
Mar 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, new-adult
4.5 stars!!

This book subverts the romance genre. You know how most new adult features an arrogant, sexist asshole as the love interest? This book does too. But it does something no other new adult books have attempted to do: It completely unseats him, teaches him a lesson and makes him a better person. Our main girl is a loud, unapologetic feminist, and, unlike so many new adult heroines, she doesn't sit there and meekly take it from the asshole. No, you know what she does? She teaches him respe
Sam (AMNReader)
The path to happiness and togetherness is not always that clear cut build-up, neat conflict, and ultimate outcome. Nowhere is that more clear in the most new adult to ever new adult than in this straightforward book. I loved the central friendships in this, and that these two were respectably, age appropriately, struggling with who they were and who they wanted to be. And a bit immature at that.

The style of writing supported these rapidly-changing new adults, leaving aside sentiment and overdone
May 2018: I never did review Summer Skin back in 2015 and I do feel kinda bad about that but also? I still don't have the words. All I can really say is that I love this book. I love it a RIDICULOUS amount. I love it for the romance, for the characters, for the friendships, for the Australian-ness, for the writing! OH THE WRITING.


Anyway, I had a ton of fun rereading it with Lisa, here's my live-tweet thread:

Nov 2015: Fu
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Kirsty Eagar grew up on a central Queensland cattle property and spent her school holidays at the beach. After studying economics, she worked on trading desks in Sydney and London before changing careers, wanting a life where she could surf every day. She travelled around Australia for a couple of years, worked a variety of jobs and began writing fiction. Her debut novel, Raw Blue, was published b ...more

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