Summer Skin


27 January 2016


Summer Skin

 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

‘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


Hi, I’m Kirsty Eagar. I live in Australia 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.Kirsty Eagar author pic

SUMMER SKIN is set at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, with a focus on college life. I wanted to write a novel set at uni because it’s such a transitional time for a lot of people. You’re starting to make your own choices and feeling the weight of those decisions, but you’re also enjoying a heady freedom. High school rules no longer apply and you can be anybody you want to be. Life’s a lot less rigid than it’ll be when you start your career. 

SUMMER SKIN is a girl meets boy love story, where the girl is a modern day riot grrl and the boy is a modern day sexist pig, but she’s vulnerable and he surprises himself by caring. It’s looking at what’s happening to intimacy now that we’ve got so much sexual content available online, and with social media giving us a highly edited view of other people’s lives. 

It’s about knowing your friends are the most interesting people in the room, while still being open to somebody new. It’s about the long, involved conversations you can have when you’re taking a ride in a stolen shopping trolley, or talking to your best friend in bed, using her boyfriend’s knee for a pillow. It’s about night swims and music and festivals, and the rush of energy you get when you’ve been working all day, but are due to meet your friends for a night out. It’s about owning your sexuality – trusting yourself enough to say no to things that make you feel bad, while learning to be unashamed of the things that make you feel good. It’s about knowing where you’re from and who you are.   

I hope it makes you laugh, and I hope it starts a few discussions – I think it’s time we brought some of this stuff out into the light. 

Kirsty :)

‘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

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‘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

Summer Skin