Title: Camp Boyfriend
Author: J. K. Rock
Series: Camp Boyfriend
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Release Date: July 2, 2013
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 was thrilled with the message behind this book. I thought the authors did a great job of showing how a girl needs to know and understand herself before she can really relate to those around her. This was a delightful, fun story that kept my attention throughout. I was anxious to know what comes next. I was thrilled with the resolutions between a number of the characters.
I was also a bit disappointed with some of the language and encounters between the guys and girls in the book. While I know that I am more conservative in this area than many others, I thought the language could have been kept a lot cleaner. The authors did a great job showing how important it is that there not be pressure to have sex before one is ready, but I thought the characters were still a bit too physical with one another. Again, I have high expectations in this area. Others may not have the same concerns I do.
I really like that Lauren needed to learn to relate to the girls around her and not just the boys. In fact, I actually cried near the end about the actions between Lauren and a girlfriend, and not between her and either of the guys that she adores. I also like how Lauren comes to understand her family better in the end. This is a positive uplifting story about relationships.
Ebook for review from Net Galley