Loving Chris Henderson would be wrong. Diabolically disastrous. I mean, what is there about him to love? He’s moody, bossy, brooding, a control freak, and that’s on a good day … but there was one achingly obvious fact that haunted my every thought, every minute of every day …
He sure could kiss.
As the countdown to the new millennium begins, there is one thing everyone agrees on: no one wants to be in Onslow for New Year’s Eve.
So that can only mean one thing: road trip!
No longer the mousey, invisible, shy girl from years ago, Tammy Maskala is finally making up for all those lost summers. A new year with new friends, which astoundingly includes the bossy boy behind the bar, Chris Henderson.
She likes her new friends (at least most of them), so why does she secretly feel so out of place?
After chickening out on the trip, a last-minute change of heart sees Tammy racing to the Onslow Hotel, fearing she’s missed her chance for a ride. The last thing she expected to meet was a less-than-happy Onslow Boy leaning against his black panel van.
Now the countdown begins to reach the others at Point Shank before the party is over and the new year has begun. Alone in a car with only the infuriating Chris Henderson, Tammy can’t help but feel this is a disastrous start to what could have been a great adventure. But when the awkward road trip takes an unexpected turn, Tammy soon discovers that the way her traitorous heart feels about Chris is the biggest disaster of all.
Fogged up windows, moonlight swimming, bad karaoke and unearthed secrets; after this one summer nothing will ever be the same again.
I've heard some great things about The Summer series, and the setting of Australia in the late 90s sounded pretty awesome. I began the series by reading That One Summer, and after reading it, I'm looking forward to going back and reading the previous two books in the series. It was a great new adult read!
Chris was moody from the beginning, but I was still curious about him, especially when his sense of humor really shined. He could be quite hilarious. Tammy and him were so cute, and he did some super sweet things for her.
I liked Tammy, and she was a lot different to me from the normal characters I read about. She was somewhat insecure and shy, but she was also a kind, realistic person. However, she jumped to some crazy ideas quickly and didn't make the best decisions. She was still likable, though, and I was rooting for her and Chris to end up together.
The romance was pretty steamy, but my favorite moments between Tammy and Chris were the sweeter ones. There were some especially cute ones ;)
I did like the plot, although it started to drag quite a bit in the middle of the book. I feel like this book could have been about 50 pages shorter, as there was a period of time in which it seemed like nothing too important was going on.
The setting in Australia in 99' was amazing, too! It was so unique, and I loved reading about the countdown to the New Year. I don't remember any of that, but it sounds like it would have been so much fun to celebrate the new millennium.
That One Summer is definitely one of the better new adult books I'd read. If you're looking for a romantic summer read, I'd suggest giving it a try! (The first book is also currently free for Kindle :) I'd give That One Summer 3.5 out of 5 flowers.
About The Author: C.J Duggan is a Number One Best Selling Australian Author who lives with her husband in a rural border town of New South Wales, Australia. When she isn’t writing books about swoony boys and 90’s pop culture you will find her renovating her hundred-year-old Victorian homestead or annoying her local travel agent for a quote to escape the chaos. The Boys of Summer is Book One in her highly successful Mature Young Adult Romance Series.
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