Friday, February 28, 2014

That One Summer by CJ Duggan Blog Tour Review and Giveaway!

That One Summer 
By C.J. Duggan
Publication date: December 17, 2013
Reviewed from: a copy provided by Ms. Duggan and YA Bound Tours--thank you!

GoodReads Synopsis:

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.

My Thoughts:

This was such a refreshing read! It has me longing for a road trip of my own along with a trip to Australia. Even with not having stepped foot in Australia, Ms. Duggan still took me away through her characters and details in her story. 

What kept me reading is the characters. I was instantly drawn into Tammy and Chris' story though at times I found them both rather frustrating new adults like we all are at one point or another! I could not help but root for them though and hope that they could hold on and make it to the end. I am a fan of road trip novels so I was drawn to this story and this one lived up to other ones I have read and having the camping element into was interesting. I have to admit though, sleeping in the black van in the heat--bless them I don't think I would make it even with liking to camp.

Overall, this is a refreshing summer read or if you are snowbound like me, a great read to beat the winter blues. 

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About the Ms. Duggan:

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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