BOOK REVIEW: Camp Boyfriend
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Group: Young Adult
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
The summer of her dreams is about to get a reality check. They said it couldn't be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school halfway across the country. Amazing what losing her braces and going out for cheerleading will do. Only trouble is, the popular crowd is wearing on Lauren's nerves and she can't wait to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies. But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?
I enjoyed reading Camp Boyfriend. It's cute and very YA. When I say very YA, I mean the conflicts found in the books are very much like the conflicts you see in a teen's life. However, when I was Lauren's age I was done and over with boy crisis.
Lauren can't wait to get to Camp Juniper Point and be united with her camp boyfriend, Seth. But during that one year they weren't together a lot of things changed. Lauren's family moved. She now looks different, thanks to her mother. And she has a boyfriend, Matt.
Before she goes to camp she wants to break-up with Matt, so she can spend Seth's last camp being her girlfriend. But Matt has some bad news, which forces her to be with him until...she can pick up the courage she needs. It made the situation even more complicated when Matt announces that he will go to camp with Lauren.
Lauren is insensitive. I thought girls are sensitive, no? Like for example, when Seth left her and Seth fed her the 'I need time to process' excuse. Bullshit. Lauren thought Seth was sweet because he doesn't want her to be in an awkward position. Eh, hey yow! Seth is a coward, can't you see? Or feel? She's a good friend and a careless one. She puts her friends' trust in danger. Always. She gives her trust easily, like it's candy you can buy. But...I'm glad that she came to her senses. She's a good friend. She gives everyone chances. She has attention issues, which is understandable. They've moved to Texas a year ago. Her dad has a new job, which keeps him busy. He barely sees Lauren, and they were really close. Her mom and sister are closer. She feels like an outsider. And maybe that's why she seeks comfort. She seeks Seth. Because Seth is part of her old life. She badly wants her old life back because she thinks it's better than her life now. In the end, she learned how to accept the things she has.
Seth is a douche. He said he loves Lauren and wants to be with her. But when you love someone, you would do everything to prove so. That includes not flirting with another girl. How would you feel if a guy says he loves you and then you kinda left him hanging...but then you see him flirting with another girl? What the actual frigging shit! It sounds like he's securing a position. Like when you apply for college. If you're not sure the school you like will accept you, you go apply for another one or two. Just so that if your dream school rejects you, you know someone is there to catch you. It's okay when it comes to things like school, things without emotions. But a person, really? I do believe Seth loved Lauren at one point. But he clearly doesn't want to be with her now. He was just bummed that Lauren has a boyfriend and he has no one.
Matt is cute. He's the boyfriend you wish you had during high school. He is sweet, popular, and he has a heart. Wow. Not your stereotypical jock. He loves Lauren, enough to give her a chance. Yes, Matt gave Lauren a chance. Because come one! Lauren humiliated Matt. Everyone knows about Lauren and Seth, except for Matt. Everyone made a fool out of him because of that. But because he is popular, the humiliation didn't last long. Matt is also troubled because of his dad's cheating. More trouble comes when he discovered his parents are getting a divorce and his dad is marrying the other woman. Matt really held his head high, despite the troubles he is carrying.
The book isn't limited to romance. There's also family drama and friendship drama. Friendship is important, and I'm glad Lauren knows that. She gave a lot of chances in the book. She made a lot of friends too.
Camp Boyfriend is sweet and friendly. It's a light read that you will surely enjoy. I liked the whole plot, though it was bland.