Series: Camp Boyfriend, #1
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: July 2, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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?
For so long, I had seen myself in terms of who I dated. First it was as Seth’s camp girlfriend, and then as Matt’s cheerleader girlfriend. Maybe I needed to be on my own to see who I was and what I really wanted.
I’m all for fluffy and summer-day reads. They have their flaws such as clichés and melodrama, but at the core, it’s a book written for a relaxing day at the beach. But there are instances where these fluffy and cute reads are stretching my tolerance of stereotyping and melodrama. Camp Boyfriend is one of those instances.
Summary of book:
I really liked the idea of Camp Boyfriend. It’s set at Camp Juniper Point, a summer camp that Lauren has been attending since a young age. Just before Lauren leaves, she plans to break up with her boyfriend, Matt. She never felt a true connection with him, and he only knows one side to her–the typical popular cheerleader. He doesn’t know the science geek half. But someone does. Seth, her camp boyfriend. This year, she plans to be Seth’s all year girlfriend. But the break up doesn’t happen because Matt reveals that his parents are getting a divorce. Things only get more awkward when Matt tells Lauren that he’s joining her for summer camp.
I have a very weak relationship with Lauren. Despite how much I loved her personality–a girl who is always trying to keep everyone happy, (also a total nerd on the inside) unfortunately, this girl always presumes things and makes conclusions way too quickly. Lauren’s character was full of pointless drama. I just didn’t really feel any empathy towards Lauren. At one point in the novel, nothing is really working out and she is feeling like a hot mess, but I seriously could not care less. As for the side characters, I really liked them. The author manages to give each secondary character some degree of depth. I liked some of the other characters more than I liked the main character, to be honest. Lauren came off as melodramatic while the other characters did not.
I think what killed my enjoyment for this book the most, was the romance. Don’t get me wrong, it was cute! But the love triangle frustrated me to no end. Lauren one minute wants to be with Matt, next minute wants to be with Seth. She breaks up with Matt and then goes and kisses Seth but doesn’t think it’s right and somehow ends up back with Matt. Next minute, she’s presuming Matt is with Hannah because he’s not by her side; but then at the same time, she’s jealous of the older and prettier girl that Seth occasionally hangs out with. I. Just. Couldn’t. Deal. Lauren was way too indecisive and never sticks to her goals. She claims that she wants a break from all things romance, but on the next page she’s making out with one of the two. In this case, the love triangle just didn’t work. There was too much angst and jealousy going on. I could hear my brain cells dying off while reading this.
For one thing, Matt was still here and I respected him too much to jump into Seth’s arms after out break-up. Also, I missed Matt, even if my feelings for Seth were still strong. It wasn’t fair to date anyone while I was a mixed-up mess. I had to fix myself before I was girlfriend material.
Nice pep talk. Shame you never acted on it seeing as next minute you kissed Seth. Hot mess, you are.
I am pretty disappointed with Camp Boyfriend. If you’re looking for a cute and fluffy read, this might be for you, but only if you can stand annoying close triangles and pointless drama. I say look somewhere else. (I will be reading book 2 only because it’s in the perspective of a character I liked in this novel.)
~Thank you Spencer Hill Press for sending me this copy!~
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