Published By: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Date Read: March 10, 2014
Genre: YA - Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC from Spencer Hill Contemporary and Netgalley
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?
After reading and devouring the first book in this series Camp Boyfriend I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. I loved the first book and JK Rock completely captured me with their amazing writing style and story-telling skills. I have to admit that I did not like Camp Payback quite as much as Camp Boyfriend. It didn't have the magic that I felt Camp Boyfriend did but it was still a fantastic follow-up to Camp Boyfriend.
Camp Payback follows Alex, Lauren's best friend, as she faces a year at Camp Juniper without her best friend. After having broken up with her former camp-love she wants to get him back for all the trouble he has caused her with her family. Enter Javier, the new, hot guy at camp he seems the perfect person to help her get her revenge. But as they get closer Alex's revenge is the last thing on her mind. She wants to get to know Javier and when sparks fly she knows that the story of her revenge could ruin everything.
I admit that even though I knew Lauren's story was over I missed her so much. I really thought we might get a glimpse of Lauren and Matt and when I realised that they weren't present in the book I was a little bit disappointed. It didn't take long for me to get completely caught up in Alex and Javier's story. I really enjoyed reading their story and they are amazing characters and Javier is most definitely my new book boyfriend. He is awesome.
My major issue with the book is that I still find the friends in the book so unlikable. They are so bitchy and unloyal and betray their friends even though they are claimed to be friends for years. It really frustrates me as I end up getting annoyed at the main character as I just don't understand why they would stay friends with someone like that. I most definitely don't understand the friendship when it's such a dysfunctional friendship that Alex could do so much better without.
Camp Payback was an amazing romantic story that any hopeless romantic will love and devour. It's a super fun, drama-filled love story that will have you laughing one minute and then dying for things to work out the next. I loved it and although I very much missed Seth I still ended up loving this one too.
The Camp Boyfriend series is a great YA Contemporary series that is a must-read for every fan of YA Contemporary novels. I really love the setting especially since we don't really do summer camp in the UK so it's a totally new thing for me. Although Camp Payback didn't have the same magic that I felt the first one it is still a very good book that I really enjoyed. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series and hoping that I will finally understand why this group of friends are actually friends in the next book.