Friday, 4 April 2014

Review: Camp Payback by J.K. Rock

Title: Camp Payback (Camp Boyfriend #2)
Author: J.K. Rock
Release date: April 29th 2014
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Format: eARC
Pages: 217
Source: NetGalley

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?

I was really excited to get into Camp Payback after reading and loving Camp Christmas, the novella which was released last December. And I'm glad to say I loved this one too! Camp Payback is a fun and light read, full of romance, humour and lots of camp drama.

All her life, Alex has been the 'problem child', the one her parents complain about on their risen-to-fame blog, Wholesome Home. When Alex gets into trouble for the umpteenth time, her parents decide to send her to an all-girls boarding school after a final summer at Camp Juniper Point. So Alex decides to make this summer the best she can, beginning with getting revenge on the guy who got her into trouble in the first place. But her plans are somewhat changed when she encounters Javier, a new guy helping out at camp. She didn't expect to involve him in her plans this summer, but she can't help being intrigued by him. And he by her, no matter how much trouble they'd be in if anyone found out.

I loved Alex in Camp Boyfriend, and even more in this one - She seems like the girl at this camp I can most relate to. I really empathized with her throughout, especially on account of her parents blogging about her every mistake and making their blog famous because of her. What most people don't see is that Alex is tough, smart, passionate, and she can be really sweet too. Luckily, she finds someone who sees all of that in her, and more.

Who wouldn't adore Javier the minute we're introduced to him? He's gorgeous, kind of broody, and he's an incredible cook. You don't see too many teenage guys who can cook, and this guy is fantastic. Javier has a job at camp, and he's taking it seriously so that he can leave foster care and live with his mom when she's out of prison. Javier doesn't want anything to jeopardize that, but then Alex pops into his life without warning. It was sweet seeing how drawn they are to each other and yet try to stay back. Alex and Javier have some pretty amazing chemistry, and I could totally see the sparks flying when they were together. You can't help but root hard for these two.

But everything's not all fun and games in this. Alex's ex-boyfriend, Vijay, isn't backing down. He harasses Alex and Javier throughout, and causes some major trouble. It was weird seeing him like this, because from what I remember in Camp Boyfriend, he was an easy-going guy with a great sense of humour. We do find out more about his sudden change, though. I won't say any more about that.

This time around, I quite enjoyed the camp drama. It's fun, and there's some bitchiness going around but of course everything works out in the end so it's all good. I loved reading about the other girls in Munchies Manor, because each of them is unique in her own way, though all of them have hearts of gold.

Though this book is definitely on the shorter side, I really enjoyed reading it. Camp Payback is cute and romantic, and I loved it way more than I did Camp Boyfriend. So of course I'm really looking forward to the next one!

*Thank you to Spencer Hill Press for providing me with an eARC for review*

Rating: 4/5

1 comment:

  1. We are so thrilled you enjoyed this one!!! And now were dying for you to read Camp Forget Me Not too.... there's still some awesome days at camp to come :-). Thank you, thank you for reviewing and posting!!


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