#ReadCampBoyfriend by J.K. Rock (ARC Book Review)

Camp Boyfriend

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Title: Camp Boyfriend
Author: J.K. Rock
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Series: Camp Boyfriend #1
Format: ebook
Acquisition: Netgalley / Spencer Hill Contemporary

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?


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Have you ever read a book that successfully pulled off a love triangle that you don’t know which guy to choose? Well, that is how Camp Boyfriend was to me. I didn’t know whether to choose Seth, the guy she had so much history with, or Matt, the guy she’s been with longer but has numerous surprises up his sleeve. It took me a great part of the book before I could actually choose one because they were just both great guys. But of course, someone always wins out.

I’ve never really been to a summer camp. The longest I’ve gone was a week so I’m not familiar with the concept of camp boyfriends. But I found it so easy to step into Lauren’s shoes and really experience it in a way. I may have not done most of what she did, but I found it easy to relate to her and to like her. I like that Lauren steps out of typical norms. She can be pretty and popular, but also really nerdy. I like how she reminisces of days when they were young and without cliques. She’s not perfect, but came to love her more and more as I got to know her.

Through the imperfection of the characters, the story and plotline just moved and worked really well. I will admit that I was disappointed by the attitude of some characters, but I liked that it was a contrast to who they were in the end. I thought I would hate Lauren for leading on two guys, but I loved her decision and the strength she showed with her choices and her actions.

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OVERALL, Camp Boyfriend is an awesome fluffy read that doesn’t only bring romance and humor, but also personal empowerment. It’s refreshing with a great cast of characters that grow along the course of the summer. It’s not all fun and games though as Lauren undergoes conflict with the guys and her friends. But I think she handled things well and comes out wonderfully. There were a couple of cliches or predictable moments, but there were also a couple of surprises and moments that meant so much to me. This book made me really happy in the end, and I recommend it to anyone who likes YA Contemporary books or anyone who needs a book to read in one sitting.

RATING:

5-star

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Have you ever had a hard time choosing when there are love triangles in a book? Have you ever had a camp boyfriend? Do you like seeing characters grow in ways you didn’t expect? Do you like YA contemporary romances?

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Disclaimer:

  • This is all based on personal opinion, and as much as I’m open to other people’s opinions, I hope you understand that this is based on what I feel. I avoid giving out spoilers as much as possible, too.
  • I do not own most of the images I use, and some may be subject to editing.
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