Review: Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock

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Camp Boyfriend by JK Rock

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?

Title: Camp Boyfriend
Author: J.K. Rock
Source: Purchased
Publication date: July 2, 2013

So…I’m disappointed. I have heard nothing but good things about this series! I’m a big fan of camp books and movies, and even though I didn’t love the prequel novella, Camp Kiss, I went into Camp Boyfriend with an open mind, wanting to like it.

I STILL don’t like Lauren. I STILL don’t see what she and Seth see in each other. I don’t understand their relationship, which involves breaking up at the end of each summer and then getting back together the next summer. I can kind of see why they wouldn’t want to do the long distance thing. Long distance relationships are hard, and they’re teenagers, but…how serious are you if you break up instead of at least giving it a try? Isn’t that pretty much asking for one or both of them to find someone else? And when Lauren does, Seth is a crybaby about it.

THEN WHY DO YOU BREAK UP WITH HER EVERY YEAR, DUMBASS? According to Lauren, the breakups were his idea!

Seth is supposed to be her TRUE LOVE and he’s barely in the first half of the book, other than in the background. Lauren could avoid a whole lot of drama (a book’s worth!) just by being honest with both Matt and Seth, but she lies to them both (mostly by omission) from the very beginning and leads them both on, spending way too much time pining over Seth but unwilling to let Matt go because of her massive savior complex. She had it with Seth in Camp Kiss over his mommy issues and Matt’s parents’ divorce brings it right back to the surface in Camp Boyfriend.

And it doesn’t hurt that Matt is super hot, a fact that she never really noticed before arriving at camp. Once she does notice, she can’t keep her hands off him. (And Seth’s supposed to be the TRUE LOVE?)

Then there are the girls in her cabin who are supposed to be her best friends in the who, but who turn on her when they get a glimpse of the new (pretty) Lauren. Not that she treats them very well either, but they definitely started it. Some friends! Anyway, Lauren cares but really she’d rather bask in her boy drama than open up to them about anything. On moving from New York to Texas, she gets a makeover and changes from geeky science girl into a popular cheerleader. Although she manages to maintain this new persona for an entire school year, when questioned by her camp friends, she tries to blame it all on her mom and older sister.

Poor, poor Lauren. What a victim.

Yeah, I really do not like Lauren. Or Seth. Matt, aside from laughing at the school science nerds at the beginning of the book (and he is possibly using his parents’ divorce to manipulate Lauren into staying with him) isn’t that bad. He’s not swoon-worthy or anything, but “not bad” is about as good as it gets.

The second half of Camp Boyfriend does improve a lot. By the end I was even interested in who Lauren would choose. Some of the issues I have are addressed, like the whole breaking-up-every-summer thing, and Lauren experiences a lot of growth when she realizes that she doesn’t know who she is without a guy. It’s a valuable lesson and something that a lot of girls go through. I’m sure a lot of readers can relate.

I feel like I’m being too hard on Lauren and the book, but sometimes things just don’t work out. Sometimes a person, or a fictional character, just rubs you the wrong way. Maybe it’s me. I don’t know. There are two more books and two novellas in this series. Lauren isn’t the main character in any of them, so I’m tempted to keep reading to find out if my issues are truly with Lauren or if they’re with the series/the authors. I’m really hoping it’s Lauren, because there are other Karen Rock books I want to read.

2 1/2 stars



  1. Well this sounds quite terrible lol I’m sorry you didn’t like it much. It sucks when the main character is totally unlikeable, doesn’t help at all! Hopefully it’s just her though, if you decide to continue with the series 🙂
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    • It could have been such a good book with a better main character! I did write most of my review before I got to the second half, and I had to go back and revise because it was better than the first half. The other books are about her friends from this book, so I’ll have to give it some thought about whether I keep reading or not.
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  2. Well this sounds quite terrible lol I’m sorry you didn’t like it much. It sucks when the main character is totally unlikeable, doesn’t help at all! Hopefully it’s just her though, if you decide to continue with the series 🙂

    (Sorry if this comes up twice, my internet is being glitchy and keeps eating things).
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  3. I don’t think I would have liked this one either. To bad you didn’t like it.
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  4. Aw sorry this one didn’t work out for you. I’ve seen a few mixed reviews for this one now so I’m curious to see which camp I’d fall into!
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