Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Blog Tour: Camp Boyfriend by J.K Rock {Review+Giveaway}


Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend, #1)Camp Boyfriend by J.K Rock 
324 Pages
Release Date: January 2nd, 2013 
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: Contemporary 
Level: YA 
Source: Publisher
Rating: 4/5 STARS  

Goodreads Summary: 
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?

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MY THOUGHTS: 
        J.K Rock blew me away with Camp Boyfriend! It's a fun novel that's the perfect summer read!! Camp Boyfriend is really more of a story of finding yourself, friendship, and it really taught me to not judge by looks. J.K Rock is did an awesome job trying to relate to teens and their perspective in society itself. I actually didn't expect for this story to make me say, "Huh..I've never thought of it that way." But it did and I'm glad! 

     Lauren is a character I could relate to especially with her middle ground situations and decision making skills. The whole time my feelings about Seth or Matt basically reflected what Lauren felt and I completely agreed with her when she thought why I can't do both or be in the middle. Never hating and enough liking to be on middle ground. Lauren's super sweet and definitely tries to do her best pleasing everyone even if that doesn't work out too well with her. The only thing I had a problem with was that I did hope to see her single for a longer period of time just to finger things out but I do why that didn't occur. I did hold a grudge against some of Lauren's friends especially with the way they treated her and how they didn't try to understand her reasons through. Camp Boyfriend out did itself when it came to showing how Lauren dealt with it and just the way people changed and people's reactions to the change. 

     Ahhh now for the romance of it all!! This shall be so hard writing without spoilers but I tried my best!! SNICKERDOODLES (AKA my replacment curse word)! Matt and Seth are both guys I loved and totally approve of for well anyone ;P My head is spinning from everything that went on with them. I will however say that I absolutely adored the ending and I'm so happy with who she ended up with!! Matt is one of the characters who I definitely saw the most character development in and was the character that really did the job of finding himself in Camp Juniper. Seth is the character I would describe as the mysterious one. We didn't see him as much as I thought I would and would have liked to. My feelings were all over the place when reading this book! At different points I would love Matt then when she was with Seth I would love him. It was so confusing and I didn't even know who I liked the best until this little scene that had me think SHIPSHIPSHIP

     I enjoyed Camp Boyfriend and I'm thrilled to read Camp Payback!! J.K Rock did an awesome job writing this story and I hope to read more of their writing!! Camp Boyfriend is for all you contemporary readers or those just looking for a nice, light, fun, summer read about friendship, family, guys, and just how camp is in general!! Happy Readings!!

     
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Joanne and Karen Rock- writing sisters-in-law- formed a partnership to pen YA novels as J.K. Rock. Their debut book, Camp Boyfriend, is available July 2, 2013 from Spencer Hill Contemporary. 
Prior to joining creative forces, Joanne Rock began her career as an author of adult romance for various Harlequin series. Published in twenty languages and twenty-seven countries, Joanne writes both contemporary romance and medieval historicals in addition to the occasional romantic suspense. She is a three-time RITA nominee and Bookseller’s Best finalist.
Karen Rock sold her first adult romance to Harlequin’s new Heartwarming line. The Forever Wish (September 2013) is an uplifting tale of love against the odds during the hero’s battle with cancer. In addition to writing, Karen is an eighth grade English teacher who has written and published screenplays for production by school theater departments. She is a regular blogger at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s popular “Cynsations” blog. 

Together, Joanne and Karen write Young Adult stories that don’t back down from real issues. Whether their characters are falling in love at summer camp or facing the consequences of tough life choices, the authors enjoy helping them navigate those challenges.  Their “Camp Boyfriend” books are romantic dramas with a strong emphasis on teen friendships and self discovery. Fun, warm-hearted and emotional, the series includes Camp Boyfriend (July 2013), Camp Payback (April 2014) and Camp Forget-Me-Not (August 2014). 

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GIVEAWAY TIME: 
There will be two prizes that can be won in this blog tour!

Daily Prize
Camp journal, pen, bookmark, friendship bracelet, and I heart Camp temporary tattoos

Grand Prize 
Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles, The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt, That Summer by Sarah Dessen, Always You by Kirsty Moseley, signed ARC of Wait for YOu by Jennifer Armentrout as J. Lynn and signed copies of Camp Boyfriend and Camp Kiss along with 'I Heart by Camp Boyfriend' t-shirt, Camp Boyfriend bookmark, friendship bracelets-puppy not included

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Don't forget to continue following the Camp Boyfriend blog tour!!

Tour Schedule:

1.       July 1st - Aeicha @ Word Spelunking  - Guest Post or Top Ten or Excerpt

2.       July 2nd - Aseel @ My Crazy Book Obsession – Guest Post

3.       July 3rd - Amy @ Book Loving Mom – Review

4.       July 4th - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making – Guest Post or Interview
5.       July 5th - Joli @ Actin’ Up With Books – Review
6.       July 8th - Nicole @ Books Complete Me – Guest Post
7.       July 9th - Taherah @ Books As You Know It – Review
8.       July 10th - Jen @ Jenuine Cupcakes – Matt & Seth Character Interview
9.       July 11th - Lisa @ Dizneeee’s World of Books – Review
10.   July 12th - Heather @ Nightly Reading – Guest Post or Author Interview
11.   July 15th - Hannah @ The Irish Banana Review – Guest Post
12.   July 16th - Cindy @ Princess Bookie -  Review
13.   July 17th - Jenna @ Coffee, Books & Me – Guest Post
14.   July 18th - Jess @ Book Passion for Life – Review
15.   July 19th - Jana @ The Artsy Reader Girl - Guest Post & Review




10 comments:

  1. I'd love to win this for I like their books!

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    1. Thank you for supporting the book and the blog tour!! We're so grateful :-).

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  2. Cindy, our offices are FULL of boxes with giveaways carefully labeled so that we don't mistakenly offer up the same prizes 2x!! I have to remember not to sneak my hand in to one of them to take out a book I'd love to read. There are some good ones!! .

    Thanks so much for stopping by the blog.

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  3. The book sounds so amazing! Best of luck to both authors and the book!

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  4. I tried to snag this at BEA and it was gone before I got there:( Looking forward to reading!

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  5. This book sounds so fun and summery. I definitely need to read it asap.

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  6. Most of my friends know I don't tend to read contemporaries. But this one just sounds fun :D and SHP has yet to let me down :D

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  7. SNICKERDOODLES, I loved this review! :D And dugouts and rain. ;)

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