Camp Boyfriend by J. K. Rock
Publication date: July 2nd 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Number of pages: 324
Series: Camp Boyfriend (1#)
Genre: YA Contemporary
Source: Received in exchange for review. This is my honest opinion. I read this during the Fluffy Reads Readathon!
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?
Camp Boyfriend certainly made me a happy camper.
This book was absolutely prefect for me. Talk about right place right time.
I was on holiday when I read this. It took me about the day. Coincidentally, it was also a really warm day with brilliant weather and I was in a really similar setting to how I imagined the camp. Talk about perfection. It was meant to be.
Can I just say that I was Team Matt for the whole book? (I’m not counting the beginning because I judged Matt before he’d even spoken. Then I changed my mind. My review, my rules.) Matt was just amazing wrapped in a ball of amazing.
On the topic of the love triangle, can I just say that J. K. Rock seriously kept me guessing until the end as to who Lauren would end up with? Seriously, the anticipation was so high that I could barely contain myself.
I have never read a book with a love triangle quite like the one in Camp Boyfriend. It was done in a way that even people who have this mega-grudge against them wouldn’t even have minded. That much.
Camp Juniper was absolutely crazy. It sounds like so much fun! I wish they had camps like that where I live. And the councillor Emily was pretty epic. There we go, Epic Emily.
My thoughts on the main character, Lauren, are undecided. Overall I wasn’t particularly impressed by her because I found a few of her choices to be most questionable. She was ok but I wanted to become a councillor just so that I could guide her in the right direction.
All in all, Camp Boyfriend was a cute and heartwarming story. Perfect for Summer and I’m really looking forward to reading the next book in the series, Camp Payback.
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A huge thanks to the Fluffy Readers for organising this! I had fun – I only wish I could have participated more, but I was away.
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