About the Book:
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 parents ship her off to her aunt’s summer camp to work as a counselor.
What’s worse than spending your summer deep in the mosquito-infested woods of Texas?
Being paired with an obnoxious co-counselor who wants nothing to do with you.
Alex is determined to make the best of her summer, even if it means putting up with Grant, who has secrets of his own that he’s determined to protect. Can Alex and Grant put their egos to the side and find the bright side of a summer that neither of them signed up for?
About the Author:
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 is her debut novel.
Last Chance Summer was a fun and fast read that I flew through. I read it in one sitting because I didn’t want to put it down. But even though it was a super quick read, I still had some issues with the book that made it a three star book.
Things I liked:
- I love the camp setting. There’s something about summer camps in books that really gets me. The woodsy setting was super fun, and I love the summer vibes from the book as a whole.
- I also loved that this was a summer camp about kids who didn’t have the best lives back at home, as it made the bonding between characters feel more special
- Speaking of bonding, I loved most of the girls in Alex’s cabin. Jess, especially was super mature (a little unrealistically mature) for a fourteen-year-old, but I loved her character nonetheless. I also loved Kiara, the junior counselor a lot! I hope we can read more about her one day!
- I enjoyed the flirty banter and interactions between Alex and Grant. Their relationship was a bit wonky throughout since they argued a lot, but they still made a cute couple.
- I loved Alex’s mom for the short amount of time she was actually in the book. She was always vocal of her support for Alex, and she truly had her best interests in heart whether or not Alex was able to see that
Things I didn’t like:
- Alex herself got quite annoying throughout the boon. She was unnecessarily stubborn and selfish, but when others called her out for it, she would always pull the victim card. And even though I think the author intended for that to be a character flaw that Alex is supposed to grow out of, I don’t think she ever really does. Her growth was instantaneous, after she came to the life-altering realization of her problems toward the end.
- I wish Alex and Grants romance was a little more slowly paced. They just went to “enemies” (they really aren’t even enemies for more than two days) to lovers in a snap. I wish there was a friendship stage, where Alex and Grant had moments where they both opened up to one another and began to relate to each other instead of the one sided vulnerability actually in the book.
- I wish there were more interactions with side characters. Throughout the whole book, Alex really only talked to her grandmother, and one other courser at the camp. I understand that the main focus of this book is the romance, but when side characters like Line are only mentioned and never introduced, it makes the reader feel disconnected. Especially when side characters are constantly mentioned, yet their interactions with Alex are never on the page, so you are never given the chance to connect or really like the side characters.
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