About the Author
J.K. Rock is the pseudonym for writing partners--and sisters-in-law--Joanne and Karen Rock. After selling some adult romances on their own, they thought it would be fun to write YA together. Joanne is a three-time RITA nominee, a Romantic Times Career Achievement Nominee, and a frequent speaker at writing conferences. Her books have been translated into twenty languages. Karen is an eighth grade teacher who has published newspaper and magazine articles along with YA short stories and plays.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've found each book in J.K. Rock's Camp Boyfriend series wonderful in their own way and Camp Forget-Me-Not was no exception. I'm really sad to see this series come to an end, but I think it went out on a high note. Being perfectly honest, Kayla wasn't the easiest character for me to like at first. She's a popular girl and it's obvious how much that popularity means to her. She's sacrificed her relationship with a longtime friend, Nick, in favor of being with the "right crowd" and she's regretting it now that Nick is famous and back at camp. I questioned her motivations at first. Did she only want him because he was famous or was it more than that? Did she miss the strong connection they had? What was the real story here? Because the story was told solely from Kayla's POV, I couldn't get a real feel on what was going on with him outside of the scenes he shared with Kayla. So I was left with a lot of questions all around. The romance wasn't my favorite in this book – I definitely wanted MORE. MORE of everything – communication, time together, kissing. I did find myself frustrated with Kayla and Nick at times because of the lack of communication. Then, you know, I remembered what it was like to be that age and I tried to take it a little easier on them. ;) I did, however, LOVE reading these important scenes that shaped their friendship in the past and led them where they were today. And when they were good together, they were REALLY good together. The issues of the past had definitely left a mark on their friendship (and the possibility of something more) but I did to see them move on and realize there was something good there. My favorite part of this book, hands down, was Kayla's growth. We spend the entire book in her head, so we get it all. I loved reading along as she came into her own and realized who she was, outside of her friends. Friendship is so important, but so is being true to you. She was a far more likable person once she started to realize this. I loved her journey. Despite my small issues with the romance, Camp Forget-Me-Not was a great book. It was a wonderful conclusion to the Camp Boyfriend series. I love what Joanne and Karen Rock did with this series. Each of the books made me nostalgic for the time where summer was the most important part of the year. I never did go to a camp like this one, but my days and nights were more often than not spent with neighbors and friends, making memories. You can't read these books without being transported back there. I've read them all with a big, cheesy grin and, often, a tear in my eye. I am kinda sad to say goodbye to this series and these characters, but I imagine I'll do rereads in the future.
I couldn't decide what to read next, but knew I was looking for a fun and lighter read. When I noticed Camp Forget-Me-Not on my shelf I knew I had found my next read. I loved the first two books in this series and I knew I would enjoy this one too. Camp Forget-Me-Not is a fun and enjoyable story. It's always a pleasure to be back at camp in this series, although it took me a bit too realize this book takes place in the same summer as Camp payback. I also like the focus on self development and change these books always have. And the camp setting is just great. Concerning the characters it's always fun to see everyone again, although this book focusses on a camper from the Diva's Den, so we get a slightly different cast of character then before. I enjoyed seeing the Diva their point of view and realizing their not so mean and popular as I thought in the first book at first. It was fun to get to know these characters, although it can be tricky to remember who's who due to the huge cast of characters. I liked seeing Alex from Kayla her point of view and how Alex and Emily were a big help to Kayla when she needed it. Kayla was the main character of this book and it's told solely from her point of view. I liked Kayla as a character and could easily relate to her. Although in the beginning of the book she was a bit of a wallflower, she prefers to stay to the background and doesn't speak her mind. Later in the book she changes and the changes in her character were one of the things I liked most in this book. It was fun to see her figure out who she is and wanted to be and at the end of the book I felt so proud of her and all the things she had done. There's an especially touchy scene with one of the other campers towards the end that really shows Kayla her personality. There are also some scenes with younger campers as Kayla is doing the Counsellor in Training program. I liked seeing a bit from the younger campers and it made it easier to realize that there are a lot more cabins out there then the ones we read about so far. It was fun to see those kids interact and even change due to Kayla and Nick their guidance. The only thing that was a bit of a miss for me was the romance, I just didn't feel it and I couldn't care less about Nick. I liked they were friends before and I hoped we would see their friendship grow into romance, but there seemed a lot of hostility and miscommunication between the two of them. I didn't like the romance scenes, they frustrated me and I just couldn't root for the couple. I just wish they talked things through and we would get some fun scenes of them, but they are fighting with themselves and the other till the very end. I was a bit disappointed with the romance, although luckily the rest of the book made up for it! To conclude: another great story set at Camp Juniper. It's so fun to be back at this Camp again and I loved getting the point of view of a Dive in this book. Kayla is a great character and I liked seeing her change and grow over the course of this book. It's really about finding yourself and growing into who you wanted to be and the book carries some great messages like those. I liked getting to know the Diva Den campers a bit more and seeing Alex again, the main character of the last book. The romance didn't do it for me unfortunately. All in all a great ending to this series, although I am sad there won't be more camp stories.