Camp Payback (Camp Boyfriend Series #2)

Camp Payback (Camp Boyfriend Series #2)

by J.K. Rock


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ISBN-13: 9781939392909
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication date: 04/29/2014
Series: Camp Boyfriend Series , #2
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

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.

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Camp Payback 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
LolitaV More than 1 year ago
I loved Camp Boyfriend and as soon as I started Camp Payback I was so happy to be back to Camp Juniper Point. Having never been to camp myself and being a big fan of nature, the setting is an insta-win for me. Camp payback is different from Camp Boyfriend, but I loved it just as much. Camp Payback has a different main character from camp Boyfriend. This time Alex is the amin character together with the love interest Javier. I thought it was awesome this book was told from both their point of views as it really added something to the story. What I loved most about Camp Payback might be the last few chapters, I love that moment where everythign comes together, people grow and change and become stronger. I don't want to spoil anything, but those last few chapters where so good and I love the message this book gives their readers. Alex probably wouldn't be the type of girl I would become friends with in real life, with her strong personality and tendency to get into trouble, but it was so much fun to read about her. She did make mistakes, but when at the end she grows and learned from them, that was such a powerfull scene. I also liked Javier, although I thought he was a bit too strict for himself sometimes, but then again I know how stubborn I could be at that age, so I kinda understood him as well. I just wish he let himself have some fun sometimes and not always focus on the things he ahd to do. I guess his past also was part of the reaosn why he was like that and I felt a bit sad for him, he has so much strenght and determination and he just got some bad luck trown his way. I realy liked that he loved to cook and it really added a nice flavor to his character I also liked getting to see some of the same characters from the earlier books, Alex still had most of the same bunkmates as Lauren did in the first book. And I especially liked seeing the glimpses of Julian and Hannah after reading Camp Christmas. I didn't like Yasmine at first, but I did end up liking her later in the book when some events happened that made me see her behavior in a different light. One thing that bother me a bit was the reason why Javier got to Camp, it just seemed a bit weird he could skip the Foster system for a few weeks Camp. Another small issue was the movie set scene, it just seemed a bit off how they could so easily get jobs as extra's. I don't know anythign about movies, but it seemed a bit too easy. But those minor things didn't distract from the plot and I really loved this book! To conclude: I loved being back at Camp Juniper Point in Camp Payback. This book has a new main character and it's told form both Alex and Javier their point of view. I really liked the double point of view. Just like the first book this one has a great story, lots of character growth and a great message. I can't wait for the next book in this series!
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Spencer Hill Press for providing me with a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. I loved Camp Boyfriend, Camp Kiss, and Camp Christmas, so I was really excited to read this! Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review. Blurb from Goodreads: Alex has big plans for camp this year, starting with making it the best summer ever. Having fun and breaking some rules will get her the payback she wants against her parents and her ex-boyfriend. Because of his disgusting texts, she's headed to a super strict all-girls school in the fall. Then she meets Javier and revenge doesn't seem nearly as important as getting to know the troubled loner determined to keep a low profile at camp. But Alex's trouble-magnet personality and Javier's need to stay in the background don't mix nearly as well as their irresistible chemistry. With her home life eroding under her feet and her last year of summer camp speeding to a close, Alex wants to make her mark on the world and squeeze every bit of fun out of her time with Javier. Too bad her old plans for revenge turn back on her just in time to ruin everything. Will she lose Javier too? As with the first book, I love this cover. The covers of these books really portray the feeling of being away at summer camp. They are sweet and light and pretty. The cover certainly got me in the mood for the read! Alex is looking for revenge. Her perfect family always makes her the scapegoat for all the bad things a teen can do. She's looking to go to camp and have the best summer of her life no matter what. She is full of attitude and anger. I have to say that Alex actually annoyed me, a lot. I wanted to reach through the page and smack her in the head. I just couldn't wrap my mind around her needing revenge so bad. I mean, I got that she was angry with her family, but she wanted to involve everyone else in her anger and it just got to me. I could not come to like her. I just felt no connection. Even once she resolved her issues, I could not feel any empathy for her at all. Javier, on the other hand, was easier to like. He was a sweet and loyal guy, especially to his mother. He came across warm and completely honest, there was nothing he seemed to really be hiding (even though it took him a bit to tell Alex about his mom). I didn't find him as swoon worthy as the boys from the other books, but I don't think it really mattered. What mattered was his personality and how he was determined to pull his way out of a bad situation. He did, however, give mixed signals, which bothered me. I understood it was to show how torn he was between needing what he needed and staying true to his mother We saw some old characters: Julian, Emily, Bam Bam, and a few others. It was nice to watch them be in the background. It brought a familiarity to the story and that made me happy. I have to say that I had a really hard time getting into this book, which made me sad. It wasn't that the story was terrible, because it's believable enough. I just had no empathy for Alex and that caused me to read it much more slowly than I anticipated (especially since I flew through the other stories written by these authors). The dual POV definitely helped to break things up. And I enjoyed Javier's parts much more than Alex's. I looked forward to his chapters. I felt like the pacing was off with this book. Some parts would go quickly, others would drag. There was a lot of the same situation happening again and again. I know it was for the learning experience and to help the characters, specifically Alex, to develop and understand why they needed to change, but I didn't see the need for it. My biggest issue this book was the unrealistic things that happened. First, Javier and Alex go off campus so he can cook for a movie set. It's just not believable. I went to camp for many years and we would never have been allowed off campus, unless it was a field trip for my group or something of that sort. Same with Javier's trip with Bam Bam. Camp is about the experience of being with a group. Honestly, there's not much individuality happening because it's about your friends and what you do together. Yet Bam Bam is allowed to take a camper camping alone for the weekend? It just made no sense to me. The romance, which was a main part of the book, was ok. It was sweet at times, and other times annoying because of how wishy washy Javier could be. Oh and the fact that Alex seemed like she was using him rather than really falling for him. I would have liked to see a bit more depth to their relationship. But, I am a hopeless romantic, so I was happy with how things ended. It was nicely rounded. I loved Emily. I think she is one of my favorite characters in this book. She makes so much of the campers time. And I understood how the bunkmates were trying to help Alex realize her faults, but it just didn't feel real. It felt forced. I was excited to see that we got a glimpse of Seth in this book, albeit not as much as I would have liked. I missed Lauren and Matt, though. I really like how JK Rock writes. The words flow easily with nothing complicated and overly done. I like that they keep it simple. Overall this story was enjoyable for me. I do wish it had been more gripping after the first few chapters. I think those who liked the other JK Rock books will really enjoy this book. **DISCLAIMER*** I am a publicist for Spencer Hill Press but I am not involved with this book in any way
Kelly_Hashway More than 1 year ago
While I really enjoyed Camp Boyfriend, I loved Camp Payback more. Alex is a great character. She really grows during this story and I felt for her. Her home life isn’t great at all and she wants to escape to camp for a while, but her ex-boyfriend ruins camp for her immediately. Determined to get back at him, Alex pretends she’s dating someone else and kisses the fist guy she sees. That guy is Javier, who is off-limits because he’s working at the camp and he’s forbidden to date any of the campers. Javier’s situation is delicate and he can’t have Alex screwing things up for him or he’ll wind up back in foster care. But his attempts to keep Alex at bay fail and the two wind up falling for each other. That means sneaking around so Javier doesn’t get kicked out of camp and back into a foster home. But trouble is brewing for Alex in more than one place and she risks losing everything, including Javier. I had a hard time putting this book down because I was dying to see what would happen next. I loved getting a closer look at Alex, who is very different from the character we saw in Camp Boyfriend. There’s a lot to this girl. No spoilers but the ending does jump ahead a bit, which is something I don’t typically like, but it totally worked in this book. I highly recommend putting Camp Payback on your summer reading list. Bring on the next book JK Rock!
Cupcakegirly More than 1 year ago
Fast, fun and deliciously swoony! Pull up a log, grab a S'more (or a S'more cupcake) and let's get started! I wasn't sure how I would feel returning to Camp Juniper Point knowing Matt and Seth wouldn't be there, but then Javier--- Wait. What was I saying? Oh right...cupcakes. ;) Fast, fun and deliciously swoony, Camp Payback is a story about not letting your past define you and learning to see just how awesome you can truly be. But it's also about the consequences that come as a result of the choices we make. Alex has spent her whole life cast in the role of the "The Troubled Child" on her parent's blog and thanks to a angry ex-boyfriend and a few unsavory texts he sends her, she's being shipped off to an all girls boarding school at the end of summer. Not. Cool. But instead of trying to make the most of what little freedom she does have left, Alex decides to use her time at Camp Juniper Point to get back at both her parents and Vijay. She doesn't waste any time in implementing her plan, dragging an unsuspecting Javier along for the ride. The problem? Javier isn't at camp for the same reasons anyone else is. This is his one shot to prove himself and he can't afford to mess up. He certainly doesn't need some girl doing it for him, especially one whose stubborn, overly dramatic and more than a little pretty. Alex and Javier are both strong characters who are well intentioned but often go about things the wrong way. Luckily for them, they're surrounded by people who love and care enough to help them figure out that, while we can't control what other people do, we can control the choices we make. As with the other books in the Camp Boyfriend series, there is a strong focus on friendship and loyalty, even to characters who might not be so deserving of it, and the romance is light, sweet and full of feels! I'm really excited to see whose story we get next!
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
Alex is a girl who has lived her entire life in the spotlight. Her parents run a blog titled Wholesome Home and she's often featured on the blog as the problem child, complete with tips on how to keep your child from being like her. After a text from her ex-camp boyfriend gets her in serious trouble with her conservative family, her parents decide to send her to an all girls school. She has one summer left at camp and she plans to make the most of it – and hopefully get a little revenge on the guy who put her in this predicament in the first place. If she finds another boy to have a fun and flirty summer with, well, that's just a bonus.  Javier is a boy who has had a tough life. His mom is close to being released from jail. He's been in and out of trouble and his mom's old prison friend Helena has given him one last chance to stay out of a foster home before his mom is released. If he can spend the summer at Camp Juniper Point, do the job he was hired to do, and stay out of trouble, he'll be golden. The first day he's at camp, Alex throws herself at him in a fit of panic over her ex Vijay and he can't get her or her kiss out of his mind, no matter how hard he tries, no matter how much it's against the rules for him to have a relationship with a camper. As different as Alex and Javier may appear on the outside, they're more alike than you would think. They've both been pigeon-holed by others as a "problem child." Javier realizes if he gets involved with her and her parents find out, he'll be portrayed as a miscreant on the blog and that definitely won't help his cause any. Both feel more than a little abandoned and not entirely in control of their lives and they bond easily because of their feelings. I loved Alex and Javier together. She brought him out of his shell and he helped center her. What they had developed pretty quickly, but it still felt real. I loved their banter and it was apparent how much they liked each other. Too apparent, probably, because others started taking notice too. They're playing with fire, continuing their flirtation and despite resolving to stay away from each other, they just can't seem to follow through. Their attraction to each other is strong and they're working towards something real. It's worth the risk and surely they can keep it quiet until camp is over. Right?  There's a healthy amount of drama in this book, but it was never too much or too angsty. It's been awhile since I've been a teen, but I think this was actually a pretty realistic portrayal of the things teens go through. From friends (or frienemies, perhaps) with bad behavior to boys with a wicked jealous streak and the tendency to be a little crude and douchey, to girls who are real, supportive friends, you'll find it all here. And if you're like me, you'll love every minute and want more when it's all over. Alex was a little tough to deal with at times. She had a really strong personality and tended to be self-centered and more than a little immature at times. I can't truly say she was ever unlikable though. There was something about her that I connected with. She went through a great transformation during this book. With a little help from her Camp Secret Santa (?) she matures and starts to listen to others and see how her actions affect them. By the end of the book, I can honestly say that I loved her. Her character development was spot on and much needed. And more than that, it felt believable. It wasn't like she had this one single "a ha!" moment and everything was perfect after. She truly worked hard to make herself over and be a better person.  Javier was absolutely adorable from the start. Despite his tough exterior, there was something vulnerable about him. In every one of his chapters, I could see how confused he was about everything. He wanted so badly to make this situation work, keep his head down and get through the summer and back with his mom, but he also had strong feelings for Alex. He's such a sweet and caring guy underneath. His concern for his mom and his future was endearing, as was the depth of his feelings for Alex and the honesty with which he spoke about them. I just love this series. The first book made me wish I had gone to summer camp – or that I wasn't too old to go now – and this one just solidified that wish. In addition to all the fun and flirty romance, there was a great message about friendship and an even better one about family. One of my favorite things about this book was how Alex's relationship with her mother developed by the end. I wasn't expecting that. Camp Payback was a great addition to the Camp Boyfriend series. It had a whole lot of humor and heart and left me with a big, happy, contented smile on my face. I can't wait for more of this series. J.K. Rock have something special on their hands here and I'm loving every minute. I received a copy of this book from the author, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
CindyRayHaleAuthor More than 1 year ago
This book grabbed me from the very beginning. I read it very quickly. I'm a huge Camp Boyfriend fan so when I heard this book was available through Netgalley I jumped on the opportunity to read it and J.K. Rock didn't disappoint! Having come from a VERY strict home, I immediately connected with Alex. I felt her pain like you wouldn't believe. It was fun to watch her rebel a little bit. Her parents were so over the top it was nauseous, but that only made me feel even more sympathetic for Alex.  She starts her summer out with a bang when to get revenge on her ex, she impulsively kisses the sexy new guy who turns out to be an employee of the camp. Whoa! I was completely enthralled. I loved being in Javier's head and getting to know him a bit better. And let me say, I liked what I saw. A lot. His love and concern for his mom totally won me over. On the outside he seems like a "troubled kid" to those around him, but on the inside he's this beautiful, loyal person. Camp Payback had me hooked to the very end. I highly recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this from Net Galley and the publisher in return for my honest review of the book. My actual rating would be 3.5, not a full on 4 stars because the foster kid with mom in jail story has been done to death. That really dragged the story down for me. Also, I hated that they made virtually no mention of Lauren in this book. I really wanted to know how things worked out for her, and if the Munchies were all so close, wouldn't they've have written her at least one letter or email? I also wasn't a fan of the split perspective of the book. It was told by both Alex and Javier, and I think the book would have been much better if it had just been Alex narrating it. Other than that, the book was pretty good. Still lots of fun at Camp Juniper Point, and hopefully in the next book we'll get to know more about some of the new characters that were introduced but not really used in the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
**I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review** I love this series for a couple of reasons: I love how each book focuses on a different character and helps the reader understand that person more; I love the relationships (friends, crushes, families) that are shown; and I always wanted to go to a summer camp and I feel like I'm at one--even though it's vicarious. In Camp Payback, we see camp and life through the eyes of Alex and newcomer, Javier. They are so similar in ways, yet so different in others. Alex is somewhat famous because of her parents and their famous blog. She's almost rebellious and that interferes with her potential. She has so much to offer the world. I loved watching Alex drop the act and delve deep within herself to find who she really is and what she really wants. Her relationships with others seem so complicated--especially with new bunk mate Yasmine and ex-boyfriend Vijay. Not to mention Javier. Javier has been raised in foster homes. He feels responsible for everything that life has handed him and has a hard time controlling his temper. He is working really hard to change the direction of his life and has been given a second chance. He just can't mess things up or he'll end up in the last place he wants to go. The way Alex and Javier meet was shocking and the chemistry that follows is unexpected--it all starts with a payback. It's a battle to fight the sparks, among other things, to get to where they want...and be. Content: moderate language; some fighting; moderate kissing (a couple of make-out scenes), but it stays clean.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(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 Alex is out for revenge after her ex-boyfriend sent her a text message that her parent’s deemed inappropriate, which got her enrolled at an all-girls boarding school. Javier is a kid whose mother is in prison, and he needs to be extra good if he’s to be allowed to live with her when she’s released. How much trouble can Alex and Javier get into though, when they know they’re not allowed to be together? This was an okay story, but it did have issues. Alex was an okay character, and I got why she was so annoyed by her parents and the way they treated her, and it seemed pretty unfair the way they never listened to what she wanted. Javier was also an okay character, although his chat up lines needed some serious work; telling a girl that she reminds you of your mother (who to top it off is in prison) is not much of a compliment. I have to say that I am still miffed that the rest of this series is not about Lauren though. I really didn’t like how her story ended, but it seems like that really was the end unfortunately. The storyline in this was okay, but it was a bit cliché still. I wasn’t impressed how one moment Javier was all about his mother, and in the next completely forgot about her just to kiss a girl, and I wasn’t impressed about the way he’d kiss her, then push her away again – talk about mixed signals. The romance was the main storyline I suppose, with the added storyline of Alex’s parent’s imminent TV show. I didn’t really find the TV show stuff all that interesting though, as it just seemed a little unlikely. For me the story dragged in places as well. The kisses between Alex and Javier were alright, and probably the best part of the book for me, but the rest of the story didn’t really keep me interested. The ending was okay, but everything turned out just a little too perfect for me. I also didn’t really get why Alex would want to start a blog and follow in her parent’s footsteps, when she had hated it so much all her life! Overall; an okay story, but not a favourite. 6.25 out of 10.
LizzyLondon More than 1 year ago
When I read Camp Boyfriend I didn’t really know Alex so I didn’t identify with her much, but within the first chapter of Camp Payback I was in tears for her.  I, personally, was never the popular kid, I was always “troublemaker” because I never felt heard and had a tendency to act, or speak, before thinking. Sounds like our heroine, right? I think this book will  speak to all of those girls(and possibly guys) who are looked over and deemed as “difficult” because they don’t fit the cookie cutter mold because of how they act, or look, or think. Javier didn’t fit the mold because of his anger(which was really frustration in disguise) and Alex didn’t fit her father’s expectations. I was cringing right along with them. Alex’s new found relationship with her mother was great. We would see where Alex got her strength from, and we were able to see that her mom wasn’t just a “Yes, dear.” kind of wife. The things she did for Javier and Alex were amazing. Again, in the wonderful sequel, Rock channeled the world of the teenager, but in a sophisticated way.  It wasn’t a book filled with “Like” and “Uh”. These characters were learning who they were as people and individuals while dealing with all the hormones! I wonder how we all survived adolescence! Each characters’ situation was unique and was genuine to what teens face these days. It may not be as intense as being embarrassed on national television or steroid use but it touched on situations that young people do face. I love the conversation between Yasmine and Alex while they are sitting in the sand. Alex realizing, with Yasmine’s help, that going full force all the time may not be the best course. Teenagers just want to be heard and express their opinions and individuality, which is pretty important Alex considering her family life outside of camp, so without meaning to they can come off as pushy and impulsive, when in reality it’s just excitement. This relationship showed that even though we might always like what people have to say it is usually a good thing to have a person in our lives who won’t sugar coat things and who will kick us in the pants and allow us to think outside of the box, and that was Yasmine for Alex. At first Alex believed Yasmine was snobbish and just like her parents, but that wasn’t the case, Yasmine was trying to help, even if her approach was a bit harsh.  I had a lot of favorite parts in this book, but I really did like the end. And without giving too much away, because it’s so sweet, it really gave you a sense that they could make it and we could read about Javier and Alex as an adult couple in a future book. You could see the innocence and the hope, but you could see the love and chemistry between them. Incorporating a movie set and a version of a famous musical was a great twist as well. The plot was solid and the characters were charming. Camp Payback definitely kept in time  to be consistent with the rest of the series. It’s a labor of love for these two ladies and it shows. This book was a pleasure to read. It was smart, funny, sassy,  sincere, and truthful.  I can’t wait for the next one!