Playing it safe and fitting in may have rocketed Kayla West into the “In” crowd at Camp Juniper Point, but it’s left her lonely. The only person she’s ever been herself with was her former best friend, Nick, an outsider that pushed her to join the most popular girls cabin two years ago. Too bad being a Diva meant pressure to break up with Nick. Of course, Kayla had her reasons, but Nick can never know the real one.
She always thought she’d forget him one day and move on. Until he returns to camp a super-hot Olympian snowboarder. Now, every girl wants him and Nick seems determined to show her what a mistake she made. Or at least, she thought that’s what he wanted. But when Nick starts sending her private notes–just like he used to–she wonders what kind of game he’s playing. Nick’s attention is making it tougher to stay in the background and play in safe, forcing Kayla to make a decision–stay on the sidelines and get overlooked? Or take a chance on trusting Nick and, maybe… herself
Another terrific story from Camp Juniper Point. I enjoyed watching Kayla and Nick’s story develop. The best part of all these stories is how each character grows as an individual. Kayla really struggled with trusting herself to speak up and not always be a follower. Watching her overcome this insecurity is the best part of the book. So often I wanted to just shake her and help her see things as they really are. Then I had to step back and realize we all need to grow up on our own at some point. Nick has his own demons to face. Like many teens they don’t always see the world around them clearly. Yet they do learn and grow. Once they come to understand themselves better, they are free to allow their relationship to develop too. I felt there was more strong language than necessary in this book. I am a tough critic in that area. Perhaps the language reflects what many teens come to expect.
Rating: 4 stars – Great Book
Content: About a dozen uses of strong language (no F word)
Source: Review copy
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