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?
I loved Camp Boyfriend and as soon as I started Camp Payback I was so happy to be back to Camp Juniper Point. Having never been to camp myself and being a big fan of nature, the setting is an insta-win for me. Camp payback is different from Camp Boyfriend, but I loved it just as much.
Camp Payback has a different main character from camp Boyfriend. This time Alex is the main character together with the love interest Javier. I thought it was awesome this book was told from both their point of views as it really added something to the story. What I loved most about Camp Payback might be the last few chapters, I love that moment where everything comes together, people grow and change and become stronger. I don’t want to spoil anything, but those last few chapters where so good and I love the message this book gives their readers.
Alex probably wouldn’t be the type of girl I would become friends with in real life, with her strong personality and tendency to get into trouble, but it was so much fun to read about her. She did make mistakes, but when at the end she grows and learned from them, that was such a powerfull scene. I also liked Javier, although I thought he was a bit too strict for himself sometimes, but then again I know how stubborn I could be at that age, so I kinda understood him as well. I just wish he let himself have some fun sometimes and not always focus on the things he ahd to do. I guess his past also was part of the reaosn why he was like that and I felt a bit sad for him, he has so much strenght and determination and he just got some bad luck trown his way. I realy liked that he loved to cook and it really added a nice flavor to his character
I also liked getting to see some of the same characters from the earlier books, Alex still had most of the same bunkmates as Lauren did in the first book. And I especially liked seeing the glimpses of Julian and Hannah after reading Camp Christmas. I didn’t like Yasmine at first, but I did end up liking her later in the book when some events happened that made me see her behavior in a different light.
One thing that bother me a bit was the reason why Javier got to Camp, it just seemed a bit weird he could skip the Foster system for a few weeks Camp. Another small issue was the movie set scene, it just seemed a bit off how they could so easily get jobs as extra’s. I don’t know anythign about movies, but it seemed a bit too easy. But those minor things didn’t distract from the plot and I really loved this book!
To conclude: I loved being back at Camp Juniper Point in Camp Payback. This book has a new main character and it’s told form both Alex and Javier their point of view. I really liked the double point of view. Just like the first book this one has a great story, lots of character growth and a great message. I can’t wait for the next book in this series!
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Other books I read and reviewed by these authors:
– JK Rock – Camp Kiss (Camp Boyfriend #0.5) – 4 stars
– JK Rock – Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1) – 5 stars
– JK Rock – Camp Christmas (Camp Boyfriend #1.5) – 4 stars
– Karen Rock – Wish me Tomorrow – 4 stars
– Karen Rock – His Hometown Girl – 3 stars