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Camp Boyfriend

(Camp Boyfriend #1)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  504 ratings  ·  157 reviews
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
Paperback, 324 pages
Published July 2nd 2013 by Spencer Hill Contemporary
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For so long, I had seen myself in terms of who I dated. First it was as Seth's camp girlfriend, and then as Matt's cheerleader girlfriend. Maybe I needed to be on my own to see who I was and what I really wanted.

I'm all for fluffy and summer-day reads. They have their flaws such as clichés and melodrama, but at the core, it's a book written for a relaxing day at the beach. But there are instances where these fluffy and cute reads are stretching my tolerance o
Camp Boyfriend was a cute read perfect for the summer. Our MC Lauren has been going to camp Juniper point for the summer far as long as she could remember it’s where she met long term crush Seth and so she is just itching to go back to her friends and Seth once again. This summer is meant to be Lauren’s last at camp, so she wants to make sure it’s one to remember. But things have changed dramatically in the last year; Lauren’s changed as a person both physically and emotionally. Will her friends ...more
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genre-ya-na
Enjoyable and almost innocent YA coming-of-age story with romance elements set in a fun summer camp (and briefly high school). I liked almost all the(many) supporting characters in the book, which is rare. The romance was a love triangle which normally I hate - but this one was handled just right! - and made me like and admire the h even more. Both the H's had positives to them but in the end I liked the h best and was cheering for her all the way!

3.75 stars!!
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Actual rating: 3.5 stars

After reading the first 20% of this book, I was prepared to give it a very low rating. It just seemed very juvenile to me and I thought it was a pointless story, but by the time I closed the book, I already liked it more and saw that it was not the pointless story after all.

There were lots of things I didn't like about this book. How Lauren kept going back and forth bet
Aug 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
I am astonished that I finished this book. It was that bad. I almost checked out of it several times, but plodded through. These were the longest 324 pages of my life.

This book was 100% YA, huge emphasis on the "young." Lauren did not read like a rising junior in high school. Everything seemed so juvenile. It was brainless, angsty, and unnecessarily drama-ridden.

Almost all of Lauren's problems stemmed from her poor communication skills and over-analysis of every situation... with gaping holes,
Kayleigh {K-Books}
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary
Camp Boyfriend Review Posted On K-Books

There are seriously no words to explain just how excited I was about this book. As soon as I heard that my favourite publisher, Spencer Hill Press was launching a new Contemporary line I was pretty much bouncing with excitement. I am soooo in love with contemporary book. Then I heard about this book from writing due Karen and Joanne Rock I was so beyond excited. Since first hearing about this book I have become friends with Karen and Joanne and let me tell
Liza Wiemer
Aug 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing

authentic. Beautifully captures the difficulties of navigating friendships and relationships. So much more than a love triangle. (Don't let that turn you off. It's a huge plus.) This novel is about self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem.
I really want to see this in all middle schools/high schools/libraries.

CAMP BOYFRIEND does an incredible job of portraying the inner turmoil of a girl torn between two really good guys. But it's also so much more. It begs the reader to ask
Princess Bookie
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2013
My Thoughts: This was such a cute novel! We are once again introduced to Lauren who stole my heart in Camp Kiss. She’s spent the last two summers as Seth’s girlfriend and the last year at school as Matt’s girlfriend. She’s been questioning her relationship with Matt, so here's her chance to go back to camp and be with Seth again. She plans to make a clean break from Matt. Lauren has really changed. She’s not so nerdy anymore. She’s gained more confidence, lost her braces and done a complete turn ...more
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Wow! I must say I had an idea of my mind not of how the book was actually going to go but like a general idea of what I was going to find but Joanne and Karen truly surprised, this was a hard read, full of emotions but oh! so worth it. Because amidst all the drama, the tension and all the other things I can truly say this book is more than a summer reading.

As the blurb says, here we have Lauren, who is anxiously counting the days to go to summer camp and leave her façade as the cheerleading with
J.A. Belfield
Jun 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Ever since reading the prequel to this novel, Camp Kiss*, I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Camp Boyfriend. I enjoyed the writing style of J.K. Rock in the short taster, as well as their storytelling ability, so I already suspected Camp Boyfriend wouldn't leave me disappointed.
And it didn't.
Sure, the opening couple of chapters leading up to camp were a little slow—but they were only 2 chapters, and I think they might have seemed as such due to my having read the prequel and w
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-that-i-own
When I first heard about Camp Boyfriend I doubted I wanted to read it. While it sounded good, the blurb also made it obvious there would be a love triangle and I don't like love triangles in books. After reading Camp Kiss I changed my mind and I decided I had to read Camp Boyfriend. Since then I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Camp Boyfriend and when my paperback copy finally arrived I finished my current read and started reading Camp Boyfriend that same day, because I just had to read ...more
Jun 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Right so, I struggled a little to start with, but I put that down to me having started a series before this and missing those characters. I was struggling to get into the story and connect with any of the characters in Camp Boyfriend.

I haven't read the prequel to this, so I just jumped straight in to Camp Boyfriend and although I struggled a little for the most part, I liked it as well. I liked the idea of camp. I'm not a fan of love triangles. I was also not a big fan of Lauren, I thought she
Jul 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After moving to a new school, Lauren Carlson has hid her inner-geek and made it with the popular kids of the year. Maybe she's getting a bit sick of that crowd because she can't wait to go back to her regular summer camp and see her new friends again – and Seth, her camp boyfriend. Lauren plans to break up with her current jock boyfriend, Matt, thinking that they don't really get each other but Matt's parents suddenly announce that they're separating and so there's no way she can tell him now. W ...more
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, bea13
I Wish I Could Go To Summer Camp!

This was such a fun book to read! It made me laugh, it made me cry and it made wish I wasn't too old (and married) to go to summer camp!

Lauren is a fantastic female character who, despite struggling with choices about friends, family and boys, still has a good head on her shoulders which comes in handy when her heart gets caught between two equally swoontastic boys, Seth and Matt. It's obvious both boys care about her and both are definitely worthy of a FCK (Firs
Katie W
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This story was full of emotion. Once again, it was easy to relate to Lauren. I remember having a boyfriend once and wanted to break up with him, but then he ended up in the hospital with a burst appendix. How do you break up with someone when he's going through such a rough patch? Lauren was completely torn between these two great guys and she was also torn in trying to figure out who she really is. I think most teens go through that dilemma--trying to figure out if you're who you are because th ...more
Cindy Hale
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! It was fun. It was silly. It was serious. What a good book for young girls trying to find themselves. Girls need to understand that they don't have to have a boyfriend to discover who they are. I'd recommend Camp Boyfriend to anyone, even if they aren't so young anymore.

That being said, this book still had plenty of fun stuff involved! I loved Gollum with his whistle and Emily with her strong, loyal, energetic personality.

Lauren was very easy to relate to. I loved it that she fit i
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Camp Boyfriend is a book that takes you back to summer camp and your first taste of love. It makes you remember all the good and bad of summer camp and how you couldn't wait to go back the next year! Teenager Lauren is trying to find her way when she realizes she isn't sure if she wants to be with her camp boyfriend or her school boyfriend. Its a definite page turner. If you are an adult read it so you can remember those times. If you are a teenager read it so that you can see you are not the on ...more
Danielle Rock
Apr 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a joy to read! The characters are incredibly funny and authentic. Camp Boyfriend strikes the perfect balance between hilarity and depth that can be so hard for writers to achieve. The J.K. Rock team kept me guessing about many of Lauren's choices, not only in her love triangle, but also in regards to her future and her friends. An absolute must read! ...more
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
From the moment I saw this book's blurb, I knew I would have to read it! After all, I was a camper myself and really wanted to see it portrayed in a book. And I was not disappointed at all!

Blurb from Goodreads: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.
Amy Fournier
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, blog-tour-2013, own
This book was such a perfect summer read! It was fun, entertaining, and full of that teen drama that you expect from people this age. I had been looking forward to this book since I participated in the cover reveal for it and it was so worth the wait. Though not perfect, it was very realistic, and made me really think of my teen years when things were complicated and seemed so harsh. As much as Lauren annoyed me at times, and so did all of the girls at camp, it was things that I could see really ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The teen years can be some of the most confusing and drama filled years of a person’s life. Perfect for an author to create wonderful stories but tricky to pull off in a realistic and enjoyable style. J.K. Rock, to put it in easiest terms, rocks it.

Lauren Carlson cannot wait to go to her favorite summer camp, Camp Juniper Point, when her story begins. A lot has changed since last summer. She has moved across country, has a new look, became a cheerleader and is now part of the “in crowd.” Her new
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Camp Boyfriend received 4 1/2 stars for my blog post, so that rounds up to a 5 for Goodreads!!!

I have been anticipating Camp Boyfriend for such a long time, it seems. When I finally received a copy, I squealed with delight and immediately began reading. Boy, oh boy, it was so worth the wait!

Camp Boyfriend is the epitome of what a Young Adult Contemporary story should be. It was full of love, self-discovery, roller coaster emotions, humor, decisions, family issues, friendships, and more.

The main
Jun 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Camp Boyfriend is fun and entertaining and a great book to kick-off my "summer-themed" reading. It is full of humor and drama (a lot of drama) as Lauren spends the summer deciding who she wants to date and tries to discover who she is and figure out who she wants to be.

One thing that I really like about this story is that there is a love-triangle that really is one at all. Lauren does have feelings for both boys - one, a lifelong friend who in recent summers became her summer boyfriend and the
May 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
While reading the book;

I'm kind of dissapointed in this one, because I liked the prequel better and now it's not as good as I thought it would be. I hope this one gets better. The book has been boring all the while I was reading it until this accident happens, what's up with that? I don't know how I really feel about this one, but I should figure it out by the time I'm finished with it. I'm curious myself... ( I would give this book a 2.7 star rating until now...)

When I was done with the boo
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review, enjoyed
Review can be found at

I really have no words to describe this book, except for I think this is definitely an essential Summer Read - one that I will definitely re-read over and over again during the summer! (If I'm not so busy with other books!).

I didn't quite know what to expect when I asked to review Camp Boyfriend for this blog tour, but I'm glad I asked. I really, REALLY enjoyed it and don't think I could have loved it anymore than I did. Coming from a UK
Allison Rivera
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
More reviews at: Book Fixation

It's official guys! I'm in love with this story! I'm in love with Matt, Lauren and Seth! Oh god I just loved it so much! I can't stop thinking about it! It is one of the best YA Contemporaries that I've read.

First we have Lauren. She can't wait to break up with her current boyfriend Matt so she can go spend a whole summer with Seth and hopefully make their relationship year round. Things get complicated when Matt decides to go to camp with her. Things get more comp
Moshii Mars
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The following book Camp Boyfriend (Camp Boyfriend #1) by J.k. Rock was given to me for review in regards to a good reads giveaway. The following review though is my honest opinion and feelings of the book. Besides getting the book for free, I am in no way shape or form getting paid this review. This disclaimer is made towards FTC guidelines that protect the rights of authors and publishers.

First of all, I wanted to just say that camp Boyfriend is a perfect summer read. Written by J.k. (Joanna an
Paula Robinson
Mar 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'd been waiting a while to read this book. I finally picked it up at the Romance Writer's conference in Atlanta. I'm so glad I did. After reading the prequel, Camp Kiss, I had my ideas of how I wanted the story to go, and who I wanted Lauren Carlson to end up with. I started reading the book with all those preconceived notions in mind, but the actual reading of Camp Boyfriend, really turned things around. It is filled with angst, uncertainty, and insecurity, all palpable emotions experienced by ...more
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Spencer Hill Press and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Lauren is about to go off to camp for the summer, for the last time, but first she needs to break up with her boyfriend Matt, because her camp-boyfriend Seth will be waiting for her with her first camp kiss when she gets there.
Things don’t go to plan though, and soon Lauren finds herself in a very difficult situation.
Who does Lauren love most though? And sho
I really enjoyed reading Camp Boyfriend. It made me wish I went to summer camp. Lauren was a female protagonist I did not want to slap for being too hysterical or unnecessarily dramatic; and in this day and age it's really hard to find teenage female protagonists that I don't want to slap. Yes, I sometimes want to slap fictional female protagonists for their fictitious hysterics- Lauren wasn't one of them.
There were times where her silence was frustrating, like when she didn't stand up for her
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J. K. Rock is the pseudonym for the Young Adult writing partnership of Joanne Rock and Karen Rock. Their CAMP BOYFRIEND series recreates the magic of summer camp, first love, and friendships.

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