When seventeen-year-old track star Jesse Collins’s dreams of a full scholarship are shattered after the sudden death of her dad, she leaves home to work as a summer camp counselor to escape the nosy stares in her small town…and her own secret guilt. After a mix-up at registration, she’s put in charge of a boys’ cabin, and the head counselor, Kirk, predicts she won’t last the first two weeks.
In the midst of fending off four twelve-year-old boys who are hell-bent on mortifying her and a growing attraction to Kirk, Jesse finds the inspiration to run again from an unlikely source.
***I received this book from Goodreads FirstReads.***
This is a really different type of book for me. I don’t read many young adult contemporary novels because they don’t usually appeal to me. This isn’t a premise that would ordinarily interest me and I wouldn’t pick up this book on my own, but it seemed like an easy read. I won this book in a contest and since the author is Canadian and the book takes place in British Columbia, I decided to read it. Unfortunately, it didn’t surpass my expectations.
There’s nothing wrong with the book at all. It’s a pretty standard young adult contemporary romance. It’s a little bit cheesy, and there’s nothing very special or unique about it. There’s a little bit of diversity, but it’s basically an entire book about the main character, Jesse, coming to terms with her father’s death. It doesn’t happen in a meaningful way, but it’s not rushed either. Jesse comes to terms with who she is and gathers the strength and courage to move on with the help of her friends and the new people she meets, I’m sure you know the cliche.
I think that’s the best word to describe this book – cliche. The main character is a sporty, cute jock who meets a sporty, hot camp counsellor that she spends 50% of the book fighting with. His attention is captured by a blonde, bubbly, perfect cheerleader/bikini model who spends her entire time trying to insult Jesse. There are two love triangles, a gay best friend, and a wild-child other best friend. The whole book is layer upon layer of cliche, which is why I never felt invested in the characters or the romance.
The writing was decent and it’s fine for young adult fare. If a person enjoys this genre of book, they will probably like this novel, but this isn’t a book that I would recommend.