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3.58  ·  Rating details ·  149 ratings  ·  72 reviews
In Shannon Klare's fun and sexy YA novel Last Chance Summer, a teen is shipped off to work as a counselor at a summer camp―only to butt heads with her co-counselor.

Alex is a sheriff's daughter with a less than pristine reputation. When she's caught drinking at a party by her dad’s deputy, she’s in deep trouble. With an already incriminating incident in her past, Alex’s par
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Published July 21st 2020 by Swoon Reads
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Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it

Shannon Klare

This is my first Shannon Klare book and I enjoyed reading this quick and fun YA Romance with relatable characters that I enjoyed reading about.

Alex is the sheriff’s daughter who is struggling with a recent loss of her best friend and difficulties moving on. As a last chance effort, Alex is sent to work as a counselor in her aunt’s summer camp in Texas. There she meets Grant where the attraction and friendship undeniable.

I loved the easiness in her writing that h
Stephanie Fitzgerald

My Recommendation
Seventeen year-old Alex is not comfortable in her own skin anymore. As a result of a bad decision that she made, a tragedy occurred that left her without a best friend and unable to cope with her grief. Hoping to find some help for her, Alex’s parents send her to the summer camp that her aunt runs for troubled teens, to be a counselor. Alex has been carrying the weight of her grief and guilt for so long that it will be very difficult for her to open up and expose her dirty sec
Leighellen Landskov
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, read-in-2020, own
This is the adorable teeny bopper romance I didn't know I needed.

Heeellllloooo high school summer!! This little gem transported me RIGHT back to the summer's of my youth growing up in Ohio. Sneaking out, meeting boys on the golf course. One summer, my best friend Emie Heisey and I set up a tent in the back part of my property. We lived out there ALL SUMMER LONG. Extension chords and sleeping bags. What the heck were my parents thinking?? All I know is it was the best summer of my life and I sti
3.5 - I really liked the setting and the story. I always love summer camp settings. I do wish the relationship between Grant and Alex was more fleshed out because it seemed to jump suddenly from bickering to they're flirting and like each other to they're dating-- what? It seemed choppy. I also wish there had been more time to delve into Alex's issues and more time spent on her and her campers. Overall I did enjoy the story though! It's a good summer read! Full review to come.
Shirley Cuypers
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-beta, 2020, ebooks

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This book was provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Shannon Klare and Xpresso Book Tours.

Last Chance Summer
is a standalone Young Adult Contemporary and tells the story of Alex and Grant.

Last Chance Summer was the second book I’ve read by Shannon Klare and I really enjoyed it! Last Chance Summer was a quick, and fun read with some relatable characters. It’s hard not to enjoy a good YA Contemporary and I think that Shan
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The perfect summer YA read that will tug at your heart strings while making you swoon. LAST CHANCE SUMMER was such a delight. The main character wasn’t always likable, but she was understandable and so well developed. I was rooting for her the whole way through and watching her progression was so rewarding. I was in tears by the time I was reading the final page. I also loved this author’s debut and hope to see more from her in the very near future.
Samantha (WLABB)
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, arcs, ya, romance
After a few bad decisions and a great tragedy, Alex is given an ultimatum, work at her aunt's camp or give up her college fund. She thought this was her last chance summer, but it ends up being her second chance to live.

From the synopsis, I bet you are all thinking this is just some summer romance, and well, it is set in the summer time, and it features a wondrous romance, but it is so much more.

Not only did Alex make some bad decisions, she also lost her best friend. Though it was almost a year
Jen Ryland
I typically love books like this, books that I think will be about personal journeys of redemption and self-reflection. But to me this had too much romance (with a strange instalove-to-hate-to-love format) and not enough delving into actual issues.

I really wished the story could have been more about Alex's getting to know her campers and coming to terms with her past than 75% her arguing with Grant over whether she is qualified to be a counselor and 15% refusing to talk to her therapist and 5%
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Lenni Jones
Jul 29, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs-and-special
I was extremely disappointed by this book. After reading and loving "Surviving Adam Meade" by this author, I expected so much more from "Last Chance Summer." Unfortunately, the main character was annoying and self-centered. I expected to come to like her, but I didn't. She annoyed me to the end - which wasn't even a satisfying ending. The whole thing felt very anticlimactic. If you're going to read a book by this author, read "Surviving Adam Meade." It was way better.

The reason this book got two
Donna Hines
Imagine the pressure of being the sheriff's daughter in a small town.
Now, imagine that same daughter with a hidden secret so troubling that it's taken years to overcome.
Alex had a best friend until a tragic end took her life.
She was shipped off to summer camp in hopes of a renewal as camp counselor.
Camp is where she meets up with her rival turned friend turned confidante and co- counselor named Grant.
Grant also has a troubled past which helps in the ultimate support of each other once they get b
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: camp
I'm still trying to process my thoughts about Last Chance Summer. The writing was fine and the plot was ok.

I've spent many of the summers of my life as a camper at a summer camp and then later as a counselor. I'm naturally drawn to stories with a camp setting. I've always believed camp is the perfect place to find yourself and figure things out. In a way, it makes sense, that Alex would start to heal from her grief there.

Don't go into this thinking it is only a summer romance. It's so much
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Still grappling with the death of her best friend after a tragic accident, Alex is furious when her parents give her an ultimatum-- work at her aunt's camp for troubled kids, or lose her college fund. Reluctantly choosing the former, she finds herself in charge of a cabin filled with rowdy young teens, and locking horns with her cute but aggravatingly uptight co-counselor, Grant. Is this summer worth keeping her college fund? Furthermore, will Alex ever get closure from the accident? Last Chance ...more
Laura's Book Addiction
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
“In your lifetime, you’re allowed to make the wrong choice. That’s what living is. It’s a series of complicated decisions and our ability to weave through them, doing the best we can to pick the right path along the way.”

Last Chance Summer was a quick read, but probably to quick. I felt like it could have done with fifty pages so if not more. I did enjoy Alex’s PoV and Grant was a nice addition to the story.
Jul 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Timeless tale of tortured girl meets tortured boy and they fall in love and their love is what enables them to conquer all. Quick and easy summery read. I do wish there had been more relationship development between Alex and her campers. Having attended and worked at a summer camp for many years growing up, I found the entire concept of how this camp operated a little far fetched.
Andi (Andi's ABCs)
3.5 Stars

A very quick read. Loved the setting and the story, but it needed to be longer so really delve into everything. Felt things moved a little too quickly for my liking. But all in all a good read.
Lindsay Montague
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars
drunk driving, death of a loved one

I needed more information. This seemed like the first pass on a story. I felt like I didn’t know these people at all. I would have liked for it to have spanned the whole summer, not just a few weeks. She hits a breakthrough in her recovery and then it skip to the end, That could have been a jumping of point to see her develop across the entire summer.

The conversations and dialogue were strong, but dragged on way too long. There co
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book's setup is good. Pressed into work as a summer counselor at a camp for troubled youth, Alex is attracted too and repelled by Grant, her co-counselor. What it lacked was a rich back story.

*Who was Marcus and what was their relationship like?
*What about flashbacks with her friend?
*Why did her aunt think she could handle being a counselor?

Without a window into Alex's past, we're adrift and left with Grant saying too many times, "You're not qualified!" (Which she totally wasn't!)
Belle Ellrich
May 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnfed-books

Having been a fan of Shannon Klare's Surviving Adam Meade, I was sure that I would end up loving this book. I'm really disappointed and upset to say, that wasn't the case.

Opening this book, there were a lot of things I was able to pick out immediately.

Firstly, the writing was choppy. The transition between scenes and chapters just didn't feel natural, and it made it difficult to follow al
Apr 26, 2020 rated it liked it
thank you to NetGalley and the published for a free copy in exchange for an honest review

This was a quick and easy read about Alex, a girl dealing with a tragedy and a few mistakes, who is given an ultimatum and shipped off to a summer camp to counsel troubled youth. She thinks she has to just endure the summer, but ends up finding forgiveness and love in the process.

I enjoyed this book, a quick read with likeable characters. Grant was adorable and I appreciated his graciousness with Alex, to
T.H. Hernandez
Eighteen-year-old Alex has an attitude bigger than the sun and entitlement issues to give even the most spoiled child a run for their money. The daughter of the town sheriff, she seems to have spent her life breaking the rules for no other reason than she didn’t like them. The only child of two loving parents, she doesn’t really have much to rebel against, except she discovered being a rebel in her small Louisiana town made her more popular, so rebel she did. Until the fateful night in the autum ...more
"You want me to let it all out so I can move on. But I can't move on. I can't let it go. I have to live with this. And that's something you could never understand. I'm on my own. Quit trying to help me."

Alex is the daughter of a small town sheriff, but she doesn't have a stellar reputation. While she has made several bad decisions in the past, it's the most recent that has left her hollowed out: after drinking at a party, her best friend dies in a car accident. Wallowing in grief, Alex flunk
Jul 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020
I am SHOCKED by the low ratings for this book. It is fantastic. So well written.
The biggest complaints I saw were wishing Alex connected more with her campers (Y'all. She literally couldn't connect with pretty much anyone because of what she was dealing with. If the book went further into the summer, I'm sure we would've seen a difference in their relationships.) and her not being likable (well, I think she'd agree. Again, she's dealing with not just guilt but BLAME. That's huge for a 17? year o
Amelia Sandoval
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just like Surviving Adam Mead, I completely inhaled Last Chance Summer and stayed up to the wee hours of the morning reading it. Shannon Klare brought a unique setting to this novel with trouble teenagers, summer camp and an unexpected relationship.

Our main protagonist Alex is the sheriff’s daughter. Trying desperately to break away from the automatic mold, she’s been put in by her peers, Alex made a few mistakes and is currently under “house arrest” by her parents. Tragic happens when she deci
Jul 16, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 Stars - Last Chance Summer was a fun YA romance where we follow Alex who has recently gotten into some trouble as well as recovering from an accident. Her parents decide that since she failed her senior year that before she starts it over she is going to spend the summer as a camp counselor at her Aunt's camp in Texas. Alex who is still dealing with the guilt and trauma from her accident the previous fall does not want to be there and is making things a little difficult for her co-counselor ...more
Janelle Hackbarth
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wishlist
After reading the summary/plot of this book back in early August 2018, I immediately put it onto my to-be-read list. Back in mid February 2020, I was able to receive an ARC of it and after just the first few chapters, I IMMEDIATELY fell in love with the book.

Just like the summary/plot says, Alex gets in trouble one summer with a devastating and surprising consequence (no spoilers!) and shuts herself off from people. By the next summer, her parents try to help her by sending her from their Louisi
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Last Chance Summer by Shannon Klare is a sweet YA romance novel about a girl named Alex, who is traumatized after the death of her best friend. A year later, Alex's parents decide to send her to work at her Aunt's camp in hopes that it will help Alex work through her feelings of her best friend's death. This is not a typical summer camp, but instead, it is a summer camp for troubled youth. Camp and getting used to her surroundings is a challenge that Alex needs to meet head-on as is the challeng ...more
Emily ~ breatheeasybooks
TW: underage drinking, drunk driving and it’s consequences, grief and self-blame

This book ended up being more than just an angsty summer camp romance that I was expecting it to be! Klare packed in so much grief and emotion that you can’t come out at the end without feeling exhausted. I felt the character’s raw pain and grief as if it were my own and the growth and acceptance and love that they found was so healing and realistic. I really appreciate how the author handled the MC’s healing process
Alexa Moore
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Last Chance Summer
By Shannon Klare
Alex sneaks out of her house one night to go to a party even though she is grounded. She experiences a life changing tragedy that leaves her angry and guilty with no one that understands her pain. When her parents cannot get her to open up and grieve, they send her to her aunt’s summer camp to work as a camp counselor. Here Alex meets Grant, the handsome ideal summer camp counselor. Grant and Alexa are stuck with eachother as co-counselors and while they get on
John Clark
Aug 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Alex was already on a short leash when her best friend twisted her arm to sneak out and go to a party in the woods. Instead of a fun time, things went terribly wrong and after failing her year at school, her desperate parents gave her a choice: Go to rural Texas to her aunt's camp, go to boarding school, or lose her college funds. Kicking and screaming, she ends up with her aunt, only to discover she'll be a counselor for troubled younger teens. The first person she meets is Grant who's there as ...more
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Shannon Klare is a writer, teacher, reality TV fanatic, and movie connoisseur. When she isn’t writing or daydreaming new plots, Shannon can be found frequenting Starbucks or hanging out with her family. SURVIVING ADAM MEADE was her debut novel. LAST CHANCE SUMMER releases July 21, 2020

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