Summer Skin April 2016




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Summer Skin April 2016

 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


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‘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

Upcoming events

Writing Herstory: Today’s female experience in contemporary YA

Saturday 20 August 2pm-3pm

Panel   | Sarah Ayoub, Erin Gough, Gabrielle Tozer and Kirsty Eagar – hosted by Jeann from Happy Indulgence

Venue: Kinokuniya, Level 2, The Galeries, 500 George Street, Sydney 2000

More information soon …

Brisbane Writers’ Festival

Saturday 10 September, 2016


Kirsty Eagar’s Summer Skin (an ‘In Conversation’ with Stacey Clair) 


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Fifty Shades Flipped

50 Shades took the world by storm. Now meet three women, Emily Harris, Karen Pickering and Kirsty Eagar who are busy positioning sex in a positive light.


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Sunday 11 September, 2016


The Re(a)d Box

BWF’s beloved reading series is back! Immerse yourself in the work of some truly remarkable writers as they share their writing in this beautiful and intimate riverside space. Seating in The Red Box is limited and unreserved, so get in early on the day to see your favourite Festival artists. 

For more info


Write Start Writing Workshop – Beachside Bookshop, Avalon, Sydney

Sunday 20 November, 11.30am 

Join Kirsty Eagar, Will Kostakis and Helen Thurloe for a 90 minute writing workshop designed to help you write characters who seem real, make your scenes compelling and will give you the insider tips on getting your book published. 

More information

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‘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.’

– Books+Publishing


‘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.’

– Sydney Morning Herald




‘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



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


2SER Final Draft

Booktopia (with Justine Larbalestier, author of My Sister Rosa)

The Co-op Bookstore

ABC Local with Rhianna Patrick

Bookish Friends

‘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:

    1. ‘How Do You Do It’ by Empress of isn’t actually one of the chapters.
    2. ‘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.

      1. I go over
      2. Alpha
      3. Pictures
      4. Known better
      5. Boys like you
      6. Games
      7. Hands
      8. You can be the boss
      9. Teeth
      10. Fever for the flava
      11. I don’t wanna hear it
      12. Shut up and let me go
      13. Get free
      14. Warm water
      15. Cherokee
      16. Team
      17. Hey ladies
      18. Catch me
      19. Left hand free
      20. So what?
      21. Closer
      22. Lovers in the parking lot
      23. Everything is embarrassing
      24. My number
      25. Holidays
      26. Cause I’m a man
      27. How to fly
      28. Burning
      29. Rendezvous
      30. Highspeeds
      31. Oblivion
      32. Little secrets
      33. Busy earnin’
      34. My car
      35. Open
      36. Ordinary
      37. Island
      38. My delirium
      39. Love is to die
      40. Wish I was
      41. Fire meet gasoline
      42. What kind of man
      43. Tough love
      44. Summer

‘Kirsty Eagar writes with searing insight into a grey area, giving it brilliant colour… Summer Skin is messy, confronting and highly relatable.’

Emily Gale, author of Girl, Aloud and Steal My Sunshine


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Summer Skin April 2016