How can a girl break a guy’s heart, then hope to be friends? That’s what Kayla wants to know when she comes face to face with Nick Desanti at Camp Juniper Point. They were best friends three years earlier, but she did a favor for him by letting him go. Or at least she thinks she did. Now she’s not sure.
J.K. Rock has done an amazing job of capturing Kayla’s thoughts and emotions, letting us into her world at camp. Kayla wants to talk to Nick about all that transpired that last summer they had together, but she thinks he came back to camp to punish her. During the years they were apart, he has become an all-star snowboarder, winning Olympic gold and showing up in commercials and on the covers of magazines. Kayla wants to explain to him that she didn’t drop him that summer just to become a member of Divas’ Den, but communication with him is sparse, thanks to Brooke–a YouTube star wannabe– who hangs around Nick any chance she gets.
And even though Kayla is “in” with the Divas, she’s not quite sure she fits. She’s tired of being a follower, and she wants to express herself more. Phone calls and visits from her divorced parents have caused her life outside of camp to seem uncertain, making the present even more difficult.
All of the girls think Nick is gorgeous, with his dark hair and hazel eyes, but he has problems of his own. His parents follow his older brother all around to watch him play baseball, practically ignoring Nick. The pressure he feels only complicates his relation- ship with Kayla, and she feels overwhelmed at times as she searches for her true self, trying to make sense of her future.
Camp Forget-Me-Not is a fun read with thought-provoking scenes almost any teen can identify with. I highly recommend it.