A searingly honest and achingly funny story about love, sex and navigating life on campus from the award-winning author of Raw Blue.
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.
It’s all Girl meets Boy, Girl steals from Boy, seduces Boy, ties Boy to a chair and burns Boy’s stuff. Just your typical love story.
Young Adult, ages 17+ Available in paperback and ebook from Allen & Unwin (Australia)
CONTENT ADVICE: Contains sex scenes.
From the Publisher:
Scorchingly brilliant and brave, Summer Skin craftily balances a cutting exploration of contemporary sexual relationships and ugly, predatory and exploitative behaviour with the carefree hedonism and discovery of young adult life. Utterly compelling, raunchy and hilarious, this is the book to be reading this summer.
‘Taking a keen look at modern day intimacy in a hook-up culture, Summer Skin expertly shatters notions of slut shaming and the pull of sexual desire. Realistic, modern and moving, the story of Jess and Mitch is as smart as it is hot. Kirsty Eagar has written the feminist love story that girls have been waiting for.’
– Clementine Ford, author of Fight Like A Girl
‘Jess and Mitch don’t just meet, they clash. Disdain turns into curiosity, which quickly morphs into desire, and that is when things get both messy and, from a reader’s perspective, utterly compelling … Eagar writes about lust in an effortlessly candid way and always with the female gaze in mind.’
– The Age
Tuesday 21 June 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
The Radical Act of Writing Women
Type: Panel | Kirsty Eagar, Emily Maguire, Fiona Wright – hosted by Bec Kavanagh
Are women’s stories for women only? Writing about women can be a radical act against the male-dominated literary canon. These three artists will each present a 5–10 minute piece that demonstrates how this is true for them. This will be followed by a short panel discussion.
‘Kirsty Eagar’s marvellous cast of characters are as flawed as they are endearing, and it is impossible to get to the end without wishing they were your friends. Steamy, sexy and gorgeously written, Summer Skin is a book that all older teens should read for its frank discussion of sex, feminism, relationships and growing up.’
‘Summer Skin is more than a well written romance; it’s a great read that might encourage the kinds of discussions that should be had around raunch culture, gender assumptions and the chaotic, confusing, and timeless struggle between the heart and the head.’
‘It shows us—and when I say ‘us’ I mean ‘men’— what the worst of our behaviour looks like and why it’s not acceptable … It’s mind-blowing. I haven’t read anything like it.’
– Andrew Pople, Final Draft
FROM THE AUTHOR
Hi, I’m Kirsty Eagar, author, speaker, escaped economist. I live with my family on Sydney’s northern beaches, and if I’m not writing, I’m usually surfing. My Young Adult novels have won and been shortlisted for a number of literary awards, but I’m best known for RAW BLUE.
SUMMER SKIN is a modern romance set at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, with a focus on college life. I wanted to look at a relationship happening now – in a world where sexual content is freely available online and social media plays a large part in people’s lives. From the very start the two main characters, Jess and Mitch, had a chemistry that was undeniable, but the bonus was they also made me laugh.
I wrote it because the act of sex is different to the act of ticking off a checklist compiled from porn. I wrote it because girls and women feel desire, and have a right to pleasure, too. I wrote it because sometimes it’s hard to say no to things you don’t want to do, and it can be equally hard to voice what makes you feel good.
‘This novel requires a warning label on the cover, but not for reasons you might expect – it’s the YA novel this generation needs and people will talk about it. I loved it.’
– Vikki Wakefield, author of Inbetween Days
‘It was compulsive reading—funny, romantic, thought-provoking— Jess and her friends are like fabulous, confident conquistadors exploring the joys, confusions and expectations of love and sex. Summer Skin shines.’
– Simmone Howell, author of Girl, Defective and Notes from the Teenage Underground
Every chapter in Summer Skin is a song title, with the artist mentioned somewhere in the corresponding chapter. The playlist is the chapter list, with two differences:
- ‘How Do You Do It’ by Empress of isn’t actually one of the chapters.
- ‘This is what makes us girls’ by Lana Del Rey has been substituted for ‘You can be the boss’ – also by Lana Del Rey, but unfortunately not available on Spotify. If you do a search around you’ll probably find it. It’s one of her demo songs from when she was early into her ingenue phase.
The chapter list is included below.
- I go over
- Known better
- Boys like you
- You can be the boss
- Fever for the flava
- I don’t wanna hear it
- Shut up and let me go
- Get free
- Warm water
- Hey ladies
- Catch me
- Left hand free
- So what?
- Lovers in the parking lot
- Everything is embarrassing
- My number
- Cause I’m a man
- How to fly
- Little secrets
- Busy earnin’
- My car
- My delirium
- Love is to die
- Wish I was
- Fire meet gasoline
- What kind of man
- Tough love