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?
A nice YA romance story which explores friendships, growing up, changing and love, all in one summer at camp. I re-read this book as part of the #ReadCampBoyfriend read-along at Fluffy reads and I am a part of the street team for the series so obviously, I am a fan. I love the writing, it manages to convey all the emotions. At first, I didnt like both love interests, Seth and Matt. Seth appeared to be distant, it seemed to me that he didnt care either way if Lauren was with him or not, he moved on pretty fast. Matt wwas a jerk jock at the begginning, at least thats the way Lauren saw him and since the book is in her POV, I saw him that way as well. He had no regard for others less popular than him and his friends are bullies while he stands back and laughs. I hate that kind of behaviour. My opinion during the book didnt change regarding Seth but Matt turned to be a sweet and artistic guy, who fought for his relationship with Lauren while Seth let her go as if he couldnt care less. The other thing that is a big part of Camp boyfriend are the friendships and the cliques. I didnt like Laurens old friends, who turned their back on her in a second and who couldnt trust her and love her even though she changed. I also didnt like Hannah, the mean girl, who is a bully and really bitchy. But I did like Emily and Bam-Bam, the camp counselors, Kayla and Brittany who are the popular girls but are really nice when they arent under Hannahs thumb. All in all, this is a realistic story about a girl who changes through the year, she loves both fashion and science, chearleading and doesnt mind getting dirty and who during that summer realizes that it is okay to love all those things and that people who love her for who she is are the ones she should keep in her life. A great summer read, and I am looking forward to the sequel, Camp payback this summer.