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?
In Review: My Thoughts
“But, in the words of the late, great rocker Kurt Cobain, ‘Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.'”
This book made me wish I had gone to summer camp when I was growing up. Now, the issue with this is that I have always had some, shall we say “diva tendencies,” that lead me to not exactly enjoy the out-of-doors. Not that I think *all* of the outdoors is bad. I’m just not a fan of the bugs and creepy-crawly things and swimming in natural bodies of water and such. But, this book made me want to go to summer camp even as a 30-something year old woman. I just don’t think that’s an option. 🙂
I picked this book up at the time there was a pretty large book blitz taking place because I read so many positive things about it. I’m so glad I did; I absolutely adored this book. Everything about the writing was totally believable and real. The setting was created so perfectly, I had no trouble picturing myself at camp. The characters had depth. There was more to them than met the eye. The romance(s) and friendships and conflicts were realistic. Sure, some of the big issues, especially with the friendships, seemed petty and illogical… but that’s part of being a teen.
“This is about me. I need to be on my own, to figure out what is going on.”
I liked Lauren. I could relate to her struggle of being someone different to fit in. I think most girls probably can put themselves in her place pretty easily. Sure, she was a bit wishy-washy and indecisive, but I could feel and understand why she felt that way. First love is a powerful thing. It’s not easy to move past. I respected the way Lauren handled the love triangle. She didn’t string both boys along. She took time away to decide what she really wanted. That, alone, sets this book apart from a lot of the YA genre and I appreciate that.
“You make me the person I want to be, Lauren. Give me these four weeks before I leave for football to convince you that good times like that aren’t a fluke. We’ll be as good here as we were in Texas, as right for each other. I know it.”
“I don’t want to risk hurting you.”
“It’s my heart, Lauren. Let me decide what it can take.”
Now, for the boys. I wasn’t sure about Matt as the book started, but my word, it didn’t take long to convince me that he was so much more than “the jock.” He broke the stereotypes. If I’m being honest, I wasn’t ever a huge Seth fan. I didn’t dislike him, but he didn’t do anything for me either. I just never really connected with his character. He gave up too easily in the beginning. I wanted him to fight for Lauren more.
I was so pleased with this book. It really was the perfect summertime read. So, read it now, before summer is over. 🙂