Author: J.K. Rock
Series: Book One in the camp Boyfriend Series
Published By: Spencer Hill (July 2, 2013)
Genre: YA Contemporary
My Rating: 4 Stars!
The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check.
They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.
But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?
I have wanted to start this book ever since I read the prequel last year and fell in love with Lauren and Seth, two endearing self proclaimed nerds that meet at camp and have a little romance? What's not to love? Unfortunately with a busy review schedule I just wasn't able to squeeze this one in when I had originally planned and then even more sadly, it was forgotten about. Which sounds horrible I know but when you have a TBR pile that is literally in the hundreds, it happens more often than naught.
I was all prepared to fight for Seth, to love Seth. I was not expecting..Matt. Oh my heck. Two hotties, both with issues and both vying for Lauren. Actually, the love triangle isn't as bad as it sounds because really, this may be about that, but it isn't what it is all about.
This is definitely more a coming of age story. A story about a girl trying to find where she fits in, with the cheerleaders or with the nerds. The girls she once was with the girl she has become.
I really loved this, I love Camp Juniper Point, the friendship, the fun, the romances on the side..the whole experience I never had having never attended camp.
There were some surprises along the way for Lauren and as she struggled with who she wanted to be, not who she wanted to be with, I really liked how much her character grew. How much she changed and didn't change to fit those around her. How she became her own person which really ended up being who she always was, just slightly different and better.
This is such a fun series, I am looking forward to reading the next installment and promise to make more of an effort to do so.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by an outside source. I was not compensated for this review.*