Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Blog Tour: Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock - Review and G!veaway


Hey everyone!! I'm so excited to be part of the Camp Boyfriend Blog Tour!! I had been waiting forever for this book to come out and I can say it was so worth the wait. I have my review for you today!! There is also a daily giveaway and a tour giveaway that is pretty epic!! 

  • Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2013
  • Series: Camp Boyfriend , #1 
  • Source: ARC provided by the publisher for review
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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?

My Thoughts

This book was such a perfect summer read! It was fun, entertaining, and full of that teen drama that you expect from people this age. I had been looking forward to this book since I participated in the cover reveal for it and it was so worth the wait. Though not perfect, it was very realistic, and made me really think of my teen years when things were complicated and seemed so harsh. As much as Lauren annoyed me at times, and so did all of the girls at camp, it was things that I could see really happening. I like when books keep things believable.

Lauren has been going to camp for years. She is super smart, loves science, and loves Seth. He is her camp boyfriend. The only thing is, he breaks it off every year, and now she's at a new school with a new look... and a new boyfriend. A boyfriend who is into sports, a total jock, and super popular. She wants to break it off with Matt before going back to camp so she can try to be with Seth full time, but when she finds out Matt is coming to camp too, that changes things. She has been very superficial about things up until now, and she needs to find a way to balance her old life with her new one. She wants to do the right thing, but she finds that all the lines are beginning to blur. I was so irritated at her about some of her decisions, but I totally got it. She wasn't just trying to figure out who to be with, she was trying to find herself.

So, I need to touch on the friendships. She has been in the same cabin with the same girls year after year. They are all close friends and can depend on each other. Now that Laurel is more like The Divas, then The Munchies, things get tense there too. She is having a hard time with her relationships, and with her friendships. The girls all get super catty at one point or another, give up on their friendships and trust, and struggle with the changes that Lauren has gone through. Yes, it seemed harsh, but I remember being a teenager, and we weren't always nice or logical. Friendship is strong though, and even despite some hard times, you know you can depend on friends. Whether new ones or old ones, friends are there for one another.

Now onto the romance. Or should I say, romances. Yes, there's a love triangle. BUT WAIT!! Before you run away, hear me out. This one makes sense. Seth is Lauren's camp boyfriend. Her first kiss, her first love. Of course she is torn. Matt is her current boyfriend, from her new school, where she is popular. Not a science geek. She thinks he is just a jock and it benefits her to be with the popular boy while at school. She cares about him, but not the way she cares about Seth. That is, until he comes to camp. She sees a different side of him that she never knew. She finds out that she was being as superficial with him as he was with her. They realize that they like the people who they both have hidden underneath. But the question is, will she choose Matt or Seth. She tries to distance herself from both to get her mind in order, but that's easier said than done. Especially with a whole camp in your business.

I thought this was such a great story, and it felt very real. I loved getting to know not only the main characters, but all of the secondary characters too. This was fun and entertaining, but also packed some emotion in there too. I was so torn for a lot of the book on how I wanted things to end, and honestly at the end I had a suspicion that I knew how it would end up, but I really wasn't sure. I felt a connection to the characters, and it made me think of my summers when I was in high school. I definitely recommend this to fans of contemporary. I know that I will be eagerly awaiting then next book in the series. 



*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.

J.K. Rock

Joanne and Karen Rock- writing sisters-in-law- formed a partnership to pen YA novels as J.K. Rock. Their debut book, Camp Boyfriend, is available July 2, 2013 from Spencer Hill Contemporary.
Prior to joining creative forces, Joanne Rock began her career as an author of adult romance for various Harlequin series. Published in twenty languages and twenty-seven countries, Joanne writes both contemporary romance and medieval historicals in addition to the occasional romantic suspense. She is a three-time RITA nominee and Bookseller’s Best finalist.
Karen Rock sold her first adult romance to Harlequin’s new Heartwarming line. The Forever Wish (September 2013) is an uplifting tale of love against the odds during the hero’s battle with cancer. In addition to writing, Karen is an eighth grade English teacher who has written and published screenplays for production by school theater departments. She is a regular blogger at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s popular “Cynsations” blog.
Together, Joanne and Karen write Young Adult stories that don’t back down from real issues. Whether their characters are falling in love at summer camp or facing the consequences of tough life choices, the authors enjoy helping them navigate those challenges.  Their “Camp Boyfriend” books are romantic dramas with a strong emphasis on teen friendships and self discovery. Fun, warm-hearted and emotional, the series includes Camp Boyfriend (July 2013), Camp Payback (April 2014) and Camp Forget-Me-Not (August 2014).

***Important Links***

You can order SIGNED copies of CAMP BOYFRIEND by calling Anderson's Book Shop in Larchmont, NY914-834-6900.

Also, there are giveaways!!

Daily Prize: Camp journal, pen, bookmark, friendship bracelet and I <3 Camp temporary tattoos - colors and style may vary (see picture).


Grand Prize: Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles,The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt, That Summer by Sarah Dessen, Always You by Kirsty Moseley, an autographed Arc of Wait For You by Jennifer Armentrout as J.Lynn and autographed copies of Camp Boyfriend and Camp Kiss along with 'I <3 Camp' temporary tattoos, a 'I <3 My Camp Boyfriend' t-shirt, a Camp Boyfriend bookmark and friendship bracelets- puppy not included :)


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23 comments:

  1. The synopsis sounds a little cliché and dramatic but looks like it turned out to be a fantastic summery read! The love triangle here sounds sweet and entertaining, as do the friendships.

    Lovely review, chick! <33

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    1. It was so much fun!! I never went to summer camp, but the way the characters act is totally realistic and I could really get lost in their story.

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  2. Fabulous review, Amy!
    I've been wanting to read this book since forever now and I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed this so much. I'll admit I nearly ran away when you mentioned the love triangle, but I have a good idea who the MC might end up with and from your review he sounds like the right guy for her. I also like how much the authors seem to give the friendships!
    I'll definitely be picking this one up soon!

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    1. Ahhh I hope that my review isn't obvious. I tried to not make it that way. You know me and my dislike of love triangles, and I can honestly say that this one made sense and it really worked!!

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  3. Oh wow, this sounds really good! I love the idea of this girl needing to reconcile the two sides of her life, and being honest. And the boys sound great too. I will definitely try to read Camp Boyfriend at some point. Great review!

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  4. Sounds fantastic! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. Well done Amy! Wonderful review! I love it when a YA story has a genuine portrayal of teens. Gosh I want to meet Matt and seem what he is hiding.

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  6. Oh fun. I might be able to deal with that love triangle, maybe. So glad you enjoyed.

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  7. Thanks for the great review! And awesome giveaway!!!

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  8. Camp sounds like fun this summer :]

    Great review, very thorough!
    And this is an awesome giveaway!!

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  9. Amy, it's always very flattering to a writer when a reviewer puts so much thought into a book... it's a bonus when a reviewer also articulates those ideas so well! *Thank you* for giving readers this unique look inside the story and happy cheers for how skillfully you managed to avoid spoilers ;-).

    Many thanks for hosting us on your blog today! And readers... we'd love for you to visit us throughout the tour for extra chances to win some of the great giveaways we have going on. Sell all the stops here: http://campboyfriend.net

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  10. Amy, it's always very flattering to a writer when a reviewer puts so much thought into a book... it's a bonus when a reviewer also articulates those ideas so well! *Thank you* for giving readers this unique look inside the story and happy cheers for how skillfully you managed to avoid spoilers ;-).

    Many thanks for hosting us on your blog today! And readers... we'd love for you to visit us throughout the tour for extra chances to win some of the great giveaways we have going on. Sell all the stops here: http://campboyfriend.net

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  11. As a teacher as well as a writer, I so appreciate your thoughtful, honest review of Camp Boyfriend, Amy! You gave such an in-depth, nuanced look at the book that it would help a teacher like me to decide if I want to get the book for my class and the reader in me whether I want to spend a day outside reading it under a tree. Great review! It is such a talent.

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  12. I really wanna read it! I want to experience summer camp, too, so this will be my kind of book.

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    1. We sure hope we brought that part to life! We both have such great memories of summer camp and definitely wanted that to come through. Thanks so much for stopping by the blog.

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  13. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of camp.

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    1. Ditto! I (Joanne, this time ) sent the book to my cousins that I went to camp with and they had such fun remembering those days.

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  14. Great review Amy! I'm so looking forward to reading this one. It sounds great and I like how you explained the love triangle. I'm usually a little nervous about books with triangles but glad to know this one is different. I'm definitely saving this book for a beach day!

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    1. Traci, we can't wait for you to read it!! I totally hear you on saving it for the right day though. I've got Maggie Stiefvater's (sp??) Dream Thieves and I want to read it so badly, but won't give in until I have a nice, long "don't bother" me window where I can really savor it :-).

      Thank you for stopping by and I want to know your opinion about that love triangle. We've been nervous, excited, and generally dying for feedback on this book .

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  15. This author followed me on Twitter, and I always wonder about those authors. Glad you liked her book! Do you think this is a good readalike for Kenneally? I could do with more books like those!

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    1. Christina, I'm dying to say "YES!!" but who wouldn't want to be in the Kenneally category? I can tell you that we very much see our own voice- er, ideally- in that vein.

      Thanks so much for considering our book for the TBR!

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  16. Oh, I like the sound of that love triangle! Lol. I seriously need to read this one, sounds like the light & fun book I need right now. Great review!

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