Saturday, December 21, 2013

Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5) by J.K. Rock

December 2013, 74 pages. My Rating: ****--4 Stars.
Blurb: A novella from the authors of CAMP BOYFRIEND: A teenage girl falls in love on a winter getaway with an unexpected boy from her past.

From the Author

We are so thrilled to share another novella in the Camp Boyfriend series with our readers! First came Camp Kiss (novella), then Camp Boyfriend (book). Camp Christmas is the latest addition to the series and readers can take a sneak peek at what some of the Camp Juniper Point characters are doing during their Winter Break. It's a romantic holiday read you won't forget!
Next up is Camp Payback (book) available April 29, 2014 when reader can catch up with Alex, one of the girls in Munchies Manor and Lauren's best friend. Until then, we hope you love Camp Christmas! Happy Holidays!

From the Back Cover

Hannah never meant to be a mean girl - at Camp Juniper Point or at her high school. It just sort of happened during one painful year when her parents split and her life fell apart. Who knew being mad at the world would catapult her to popularity? But since changing the status quo would make her some serious enemies, she's prepared to ride out her time until graduation. That is, until a camp friend calls her on the act during their school ski trip. Will Julian out her to her friends? Or will the guy she once accused of being King of the Nerds make her wish she was a whole lot more like him?
My Review:
This novella tells the story of mean girl, Hannah. I believe that a lot of "mean girl" usually have a reason why they're mean and it seems that it's often to hide their pain and protect themselves. Hannah has her reasons and I loved seeing inside her head and coming to understand her better. I loved watching the growth that took place with her.

This story had some tense moments as well and the emotions were well written. I could feel the stress and panic of the characters. There are characters that really grow on me and characters I want to slap. Since I'm now an adult, I can look at them and say, "It doesn't matter--grow up!" yet most teens are insecure and have a hard time standing up against the flow. I hope the changes that happened continue on in the next books and these immature behaviors don't resurface.

There was also a sweet romance. Ah, the joys of young and new love. :) I love how real the characters seem. The internal dilemmas they face and the way they react to them are very real.

Content: kissing; some language; mean girl behavior.

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