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Celebrating the Release of CAMP PAYBACK by J.K. Rock with a Giveaway
Apr 20th, 2014 by Liza Wiemer

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Celebrating the Release of CAMP PAYBACK by J.K. Rock with a Giveaway

From Goodreads:

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 J. K. Rock:

J. K. Rock is the pseudonym for YA writing partners – and sisters-in-law – Joanne & Karen Rock. After years of comparing notes on their favorites books and films, often dreaming up new endings to suit them, they decided to write their own stories. Their first Young Adult book, CAMP BOYFRIEND, is part of a three-book series. CAMP PAYBACK will be an April 2014 release, and CAMP FORGET-ME-NOT arrives in Fall 2014. Visit the Camp Boyfriend website at http://campboyfriend.net to learn more about the free novellas they are offering readers prior to each full length book. Individually, Joanne Rock is an award winning Harlequin author published in 26 countries and translated into 20 languages. Karen Rock writes critically acclaimed stories for Harlequin Heartwarming including her latest, HIS HOMETOWN GIRL.

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Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Karen’s Twitter | Joanne’s Twitter  | Pinterest

The first book in this series is called: CAMP BOYFRIEND.16409311

My Review: A best summer read of 2013

CAMP BOYFRIEND is . . .

authentic. Beautifully captures the difficulties of navigating friendships and relationships. So much more than a love triangle. (Don’t let that turn you off. It’s a huge plus.) This novel is about self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem.
I really want to see this in all middle schools/high schools/libraries.

CAMP BOYFRIEND does an incredible job of portraying the inner turmoil of a girl torn between two really good guys. But it’s also so much more. It begs the reader to ask, “What’s important to me?” Until that question is answered, it’s tough to know the bigger question, “Who am I?”

I am NOT going to summarize this novel. You can read that in the description. Instead, I want to share with you . . .
what I LOVED about CAMP BOYFRIEND.
1. Lauren’s a high school student struggling to figure out who she is. Often times we’re defined by others and I loved how Lauren decided that SHE needed to figure it out for herself before she could know for certain which boy was best for her.
2. I love that Matt saw that Lauren was worth waiting for and that he didn’t overreact and do something rash when another girl was clearly interested in him.
3. I love how Matt used camp as an opportunity to bring out his other fine qualities and talents, giving him the opportunity to shine.
4. I love that Seth is very different from Matt. He’s the science/outdoorsy guy. This pulled at Lauren’s love for nature, science etc.
5. As Lauren recognized the qualities she liked both Seth and Matt, it brought out her own interests and what qualities she liked within herself. <3
6. I love the dynamics between the girls and the cabins. In my opinion, it was so authentic. The way these girls flip-flopped in loyalty, the way they butted into each other’s business, often rashly, the way that other girls stepped up and found their own voices and backbones.
7. I love how these girls began to realize that they didn’t need to be with a guy just because they felt an attraction. They looked deeper at themselves and at the guys they were with and decided whether they made a good match.
8. I love how Lauren’s relationship with her sister evolved and that they were able to give the very best of themselves.
9. I love that Lauren learned that parents make sacrifices and that it’s not always perfect or exactly what they had hoped for, but with courage, things could evolve and change to something so much more.
10. I love how Lauren learned to start honoring all aspects of herself and began to stop worrying about what others would think. She really evolved.
11. I really believe that high school girls will see themselves, their friends, perhaps even their families in this novel. It mimicked real life, and that’s why I believe it’s an excellent YA contemporary novel.

Definitely recommend for seventh graders and above looking for an authentic YA contemporary novel.
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