Review: Camp Boyfriend Series Books 1 and 2 by J.K. Rock

Camp BoyfriendCamp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock

  • ISBN-13: 9781939392503
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Series: Camp Boyfriend Series , #1
  • Pages: 236
  • Source: Netgally For Honest Review
  • Overview

    They said it couldn’t be done, but geeky sophomore Lauren Carlson transformed herself into a popular girl after moving to a new school half-way across the country. Amazing what losing your 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 begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.

Camp PaybackCamp Payback by J.K. Rock

  • ISBN-13: 9781939392909
  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 4/29/2014
  • Series: Camp Boyfriend Series , #2
  • Pages: 304
  • Source: Netgalley for Honest Review

Overview

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?

My Thoughts

I would consider these books as “clean” YA especially since most of the characters in the stories are probably 14 or 15 years old right at the top of the age group for sleep away camp.  While this is a series each book focuses on a different set of main characters so while the setting is the same the books are very different.  It takes a good author to find balance when you set a different group of characters in the same space and make each book feel like its own story without repeating events and story lines.  This was well done in this set of stories.

I really enjoyed the development that happened through out the stories.  In both there was a reason the teen was rebelling at camp but the outcomes were very much worth the reads.  The only thing that I struggled with is because they were younger teen there were time when they were too whiny for my liking.  I had the grow up mentality for a bit but I was able to get by it and enjoy the read.