Monday, April 7, 2014

Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock - Review

Camp Boyfriend
Title: Camp Boyfriend
Author: J.K. Rock
Series: Camp Boyfriend #1
Release Date:
July 2nd 2013 
Format: E-book & Paperback
Publisher:
Spencer Hill Contemporary  
Source: complimentary copy from the publisher via Netgalley
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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MY REVIEW.  

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

After going through some major changes Lauren is finally coming back to summer camp. Camp Juniper Point is a place her geek side always loved and the place where Seth and her, shared amazing moments. But this time it won't be the same because she is now a cheerleader with a hot boyfriend. Lauren will have to find out who she really is, what she wants and who she truly loves.

Camp Boyfriend has all the ingredients of a Young Adult romance. A love triangle, mean girls, the endless fight between the popular kids and the nerds, a girl growing up and discovering herself but above all is a book that tries to pull down prejudices and preconceptions of what type of people we should be.

The start was a bit slow for me. The whole drama wedding was too boring, Lauren and her inner dialogues were annoying and to make things worse, the personality crisis caused by a external makeover was over the top. Somewhere around half the book the story takes another rhythm. When she starts to care about others and realize that having a boyfriend is not the most important thing, the book becomes more enjoyable.

The main character is not one of my favorites. Lauren is extremely self-centered and has a hard time figuring out what is correct and what not. I know teenagers are dramatic and selfish but she takes it to another level. Matt is a sweet guy, I think he is well portrayed as a typical athlete with a good personality. And now about Seth… I didn't like him at all. He acts wounded and offended when he breaks up with her every year at the end of camp. His personality was really irritating and his dialogues were silly.

I like how the author tried to create a young and fresh world and most times they achieve it. The language is simple and natural, the descriptions and situations are ok.

One of the best things about this book is the message of not labelling yourself and others. You can enjoy things like astronomy and fashion at the same time. Sometimes we believe that some universal rule states that smart girls can’t be girly or that athletes can’t be artists too. A big round of applause to the author for remind us to stay true to ourselves and what we love.

Overall, Camp Boyfriend is the typical YA contemporary romance with some highs and lows. If you enjoy this genre I’m sure you will enjoy it.

3 comments:

  1. I feel like a lot of YA MC are always a little stuck up and think the best of themselves. But this does sound like it would be a light read so I might check it out if I have time. Great review!

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  2. Hey, Ruty!

    Hope all is well and that you are not working too hard. Just stopping by. I have always been fascinated by geeky girls with low self esteems that suddenly get a makeover and become popular. But finding a well written story about it is a whole other matter. I can see why you liked and disliked this book at the same time. I think you made some valid points. This may be the kind of novel the younger crowd might appreciate.

    Awesome review as always, girl!

    Love ya!
    Mia @ The Muses Circle

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