ARC Book Review: Camp Payback by J.K. Rock

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Title: Camp Payback
Author: J.K. Rock
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Series: Camp Boyfriend #2
Format: ebook
Acquisition: Netgalley / Spencer Hill Contemporary

Alex has big plans for camp this year, starting with making it the best summer ever. Having fun and breaking some rules will get her the payback she wants against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. Because of his disgusting texts, she’s headed to a super strict all-girls school in the fall. Then she meets Javier and revenge doesn’t seem nearly as important as getting to know the troubled loner determined to keep a low profile at camp. But Alex’s trouble-magnet personality and Javier’s need to stay in the background don’t mix nearly as well as their irresistible chemistry. With her home life eroding under her feet and her last year of summer camp speeding to a close, Alex wants to make her mark on the world and squeeze every bit of fun out of her time with Javier. Too bad her old plans for revenge turn back on her just in time to ruin everything. Will she lose Javier too?

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ARC Book Review: My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

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

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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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[Book Tour] ARC Review: The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith

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Title: The Geography of You and Me
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Headline | Poppy
Date of Publication: April 10, 2014 | April 15, 2014
Genre: contemporary YA romance
Acquisition: borrowed from Pinoy Book Tours

Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they’re rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.
Lucy and Owen’s relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and — finally — a reunion in the city where they first met.
A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith’s new novel shows that the center of the world isn’t necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.

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Book Review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

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A journey to a new home

No matter how we start, we can never plan what happens in between until the end. – Francine

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Title: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour
Author: Morgan Matson
Publication Date: May 3, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew–just in time for Amy’s senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she’s always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy’s mother’s old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she’s surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road–diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards–this is the story of one girl’s journey to find herself.

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Book Review: In Honor by Jessi Kirby

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A journey towards a last concert

No matter how we start, we can never plan what happens in between until the end. – Francine

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Title: In Honor
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publication Date: March 8, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: N/A
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Honor receives her brother’s last letter from Iraq three days after learning that he died, and opens it the day his fellow Marines lay the flag over his casket. Its contents are a complete shock: concert tickets to see Kyra Kelly, her favorite pop star and Finn’s celebrity crush. In his letter, he jokingly charged Honor with the task of telling Kyra Kelly that he was in love with her.
Grief-stricken and determined to grant Finn’s last request, she rushes to leave immediately. But she only gets as far as the driveway before running into Rusty, Finn’s best friend since third grade and his polar opposite. She hasn’t seen him in ages, thanks to a falling out between the two guys, but Rusty is much the same as Honor remembers him: arrogant, stubborn . . . and ruggedly good-looking. Neither one is what the other would ever look for in a road trip partner, but the two of them set off together, on a voyage that makes sense only because it doesn’t. Along the way, they find small and sometimes surprising ways to ease their shared loss and honor Finn–but when shocking truths are revealed at the end of the road, will either of them be able to cope with the consequences?

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Book Review: Golden by Jessi Kirby

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A journey to find a legendary dead girl

No matter how we start, we can never plan what happens in between until the end. – Francine

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favoriteTitle: Golden
Author: Jessi Kirby
Publication Date: May 14, 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Series: N/A
Format: Hardback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she’s about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a clue in her lap—one that might be the key to unraveling a town mystery—she decides to take a chance.
Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High—perfect in every way, meant to be together forever. But Julianna’s journal tells a different story—one of doubts about Shane and a forbidden romance with an older, artistic guy. These are the secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river, leaving behind a grieving town and no bodies to bury.
Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker the courage to start to really live—and it also gives her reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Armed with clues from the past, Parker enlists the help of her best friend, Kat, and Trevor, her longtime crush, to track down some leads. The mystery ends up taking Parker places that she never could have imagined. And she soon finds that taking the road less traveled makes all the difference.

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Book Review: Viola in the Spotlight by Adriana Trigiani

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PLEASE NOTE: This is a review for a sequel in a series. I try avoiding spoilers as much as I could, but I cannot guarantee that I could avoid giving out too much. You may jump to the end of the review to see my summary and rating. You can also check out my review on the first book, Viola in Reel Life.

P.S. I felt that this book was better than the first, and I think it’s quite a conundrum whether the first book should be read to be able to read this one. Although maybe it is possible to read this one without reading the first.

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Title: Viola in the Spotlight
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Publication Date: January 1, 2010
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Viola #2
Format: Hardbound
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

I am in the midst of a conundrum.
Viola is finally where she belongs—back home in Brooklyn, where there are no khakis or sherbet-colored sweaters and people actually think her yellow flats are cool. With two whole months of nothing to do but hang with her two best friends, Andrew and Caitlin, this is going to be the best break ever!
But her BFFAA, Andrew, has started acting weird around her, and a new boyfriend has her friend Caitlin ditching her every chance she gets. When Viola’s roommates from Prefect Academy show up for a visit, she starts to wonder—is Brooklyn where she wants to stay? When a tragic event shakes everyone’s world, Viola realizes it’s not where she belongs that matters—it’s who she’s with that really counts.
In this heartwarming follow-up to bestselling author Adriana Trigiani’s teen debut, Viola in Reel Life, Viola just may be ready to get out from behind her trusty video camera and take the starring role in her own life.

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Book Review: Viola in Reel Life by Adriana Trigiani

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Title: Viola in Reel Life
Author: Adriana Trigiani
Publication Date: August 18, 2009
Publisher: HarperTeen
Series: Viola #1
Format: Paperback
Acquisition: Bought

Purchase at: Amazon

I’m marooned.
Abandoned.
Left to rot in boarding school . . .
There are four reasons why Viola Chesterton knows she’ll never survive her first year at Prefect Academy:
Her parents have heartlessly dropped her there against her will
She has to leave behind her Best Friend Forever And Always, Andrew
. . . and replace him with three new roommates who, disturbingly, actually seem to like it there
“There” is South Bend, Indiana—Sherbet-Colored Sweater Capital of the World and about as far away from her hometown of Brooklyn, New York, as you can get
At least she has her video camera and her dreams of being a filmmaker to keep her busy. But boarding school, and her roommates, and even the Midwest are nothing like she thought they would be, and soon Viola realizes she may be in for the most incredible year of her life. But first she has to put the camera down and let the world in.

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