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Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar
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Feb 19, 2016

it was amazing
bookshelves: australian, young-adult

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 than a physical level for teens is certainly not a problem exclusive to the current generation (if my experiences back in the 80s are anything to go by), but the advent of social media has made it even trickier, particularly when it comes to trust between consenting partners.

Summer Skin is funny and heartbreaking - and frequently hot. Kirsty writes steamy scenes that are sexy and at times uncomfortable to read, but always real. And always with a purpose.

And she’s not afraid to give Jess a sexual appetite and call out stereotypes around girls who enjoy physical intimacy.

It’s most definitely a modern love story that doesn’t pull any punches - nor does it let any of its characters get away with a whiff of bullshit. It’s the honesty and the insight that makes this novel so much more than an entertaining and sexy read. That - and Kirsty Eagar’s sublime writing and characters. Highly recommended.

(I also loved the Brisbane setting and that cover...!)
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February 1, 2016 – Finished Reading
February 19, 2016 – Shelved
February 19, 2016 – Shelved as: australian
February 19, 2016 – Shelved as: young-adult

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