Welcome to this week’s Fiction Friday, today I am reviewing the YA contemporary romance ‘Camp Boyfriend’ by J.K. Rock.
Synopsis from Goodreads: 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?
J.K. Rock is the pseudonym of sisters-in-law Joanne and Karen Rock, and they should write more books together because this book totally rocked.
Once I heard about this book I wanted to read it, so I started to try and win it (so many books, so little money) and after entering a few comps I finally did and I was so excited. Thanks so much to Sonya Weiss for hosting the giveaway on her blog Once Upon A Time , and for Joanne for picking me and sending the book all the way to Australia 🙂
This book started off good but then just get kept getting better and better! It’s the start of summer and Lauren is off to Camp, the same camp she has been going to since she was little. She is excited to see her camp only boyfriend Seth. The only problem is she has to break-up with her boyfriend Matt, but he is going through some hard stuff at home and she just can’t do it. Before Lauren can do anything about it, Matt is at camp too – let the teenage drama begin!
Lauren has changed from the nerdy girl she use to be and her camp friends are having trouble accepting the new her and her choice not to get back together with Seth. Lauren is torn between the two boys and her two selves. Poor Lauren keeps making decisions that isolate the people around her and my heart went out to her.
Matt was the biggest surprise for me, and for Lauren. I’d say I was leaning toward Seth at the start, but the more I saw of the real Matt, the more I leaned toward him.
I loved the camp setting, I felt like I was transported into camp myself. Once Lauren was at camp I was drawn right into the book and couldn’t put it down.
Camp Boyfriend was lighthearted,romantic,fun and gushy and I loved it! I loved how no one was who everyone perceived them to be, that no one was black and white and everyone had hidden layers that you’d see if you just took time to get to know them. I think Lauren makes a really good decision to not date anyone for a while and find out who she is. She figures out that you don’t need a boyfriend and that you can be happy being who you truly are.
Even with the drama, it was definitely a feel good book and I can’t wait to read the next two installments when they are released. If you love to read a good YA lighthearted romance you will love this one.
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