Camp Boyfriend #2 Young Adult Contemporary Romance Released April 29, 2014 Published by Spencer Hill
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?
About the Author
J. K. Rock is the pseudonym for YA writing partners – and sisters-in-law – Joanne & Karen Rock. Although they started out sharing an annual shopping trip, they ended up discussing their favorite films and books, joining the same book club and talking about writing…a lot. Their debut novel, Camp Boyfriend, is the first in a three-book series plotted during family pool parties. Their creative partnership is unique in that they enjoy passing a book back and forth, each adding a chapter and fine-tuning the chapter before. Years of friendship has yielded a shared voice and vision for their work that makes writing a pleasure. Learn more about Karen and Joanne at http://jkrock.net
Having read previous books in the Camp Boyfriend series, I realized right away that Camp Payback is a little different than the others. It immediately delves into the deep-seated family problems Alex Martineau has lived with for years. Being the black sheep in her otherwise “perfect” family, she is used as an example of a problem child on her parents’ extremely popular blog, Wholesome Home, and in their best-selling book. And to make matters worse, there’s a chance they’ll host a talk show.
But what bothers Alex the most is her parents’ threat to send her to an all-girl boarding school in the fall because of a crude text sent by a former camp boyfriend, Vijay. Her revenge will be having the best summer of her life at Camp Juniper Point in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, whether that includes Vijay or not. What Alex doesn’t count on, however, is how much people can change.
Acting impulsively when she arrives at camp, Alex unwittingly sets off a chain of events she never expected, with life-altering results. She brings Javier, an exotic, troubled seventeen-year-old, into the mix, soon learning that her problems pale in comparison with his. Javier can’t afford to let a girl with Alex’s high-profile into his life, but her strong personality and drive make it difficult for him to avoid getting into trouble. The last thing he needs.
With her ex-boyfriend rearing his head, and the constant threat of banishment for Javier, Alex has to stay on her toes to keep some peace around her while dreading her future in the fall, but then she accidentally discovers where her penchant for drama might take her.
Camp Payback deals with several issues teens face today, along with relationships, and Rock leads Alex and Javier through lessons in listening and understanding as they continue on their way to finding maturity–and their lives.