Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Reshelved (3)

This is the third installment of books I didn't finish. I don't like to do full posts because it's not fair to the book for me to not like it and review it if I didn't finish it. So these just weren't for me, but I still want to give them publicity because maybe you all read them and thought differently or they sound spectacular to you.

The Break-Up Artist by Phillip Siegel
Publication Date: April 29, 2014
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 336
Keywords: contemporary, romance, high school
Format Read: ARC from publisher (thank you!)
Get It: Book Depository
Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the Gap. Becca Williamson breaks up couples. 

After watching her sister get left at the altar, Becca knows the true damage that comes when people utter the dreaded L-word. For just $100 via PayPal, she can trick and manipulate any couple into smithereens. With relationship zombies overrunning her school, and treating single girls like second class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even her best friend Val has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.
One night, she receives a mysterious offer to break up the homecoming king and queen, the one zombie couple to rule them all: Steve and Huxley. They are a JFK and Jackie O in training, masters of sweeping faux-mantic gestures, but if Becca can split them up, then school will be safe again for singletons. To succeed, she'll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date and wiggle her way back into her former BFF Huxley’s life – not to mention start a few rumors, sabotage some cell phones, break into a car, and fend off the inappropriate feelings she’s having about Val’s new boyfriend. All while avoiding a past victim out to expose her true identity.
Why I Put It Down:
I read a lot of this one. I loved the premise. The idea of someone breaking up couples for money? Sounds really interesting, and I was totally on board. But the further in I got, the more ridiculous and idiotic everyone was acting. And I'm not one to quit a book for unlikeable main characters. But this whole book featured people "falling in love" in 3 days, and seriously cheesy dialogue that wasn't at all believable. And Becca basically threw all her morals and beliefs down the drain super quickly, and I didn't buy any of what was happening. I made it to page 285 before I realized that the book was putting me in a reading slump, and I just didn't want to do it anymore.

Camp Boyfriend by J. K. Rock
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Pages: 324
Keywords: high school, camp, summer
Format Read: eARC via NetGalley
Get It: Book Depository
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 to return to summer camp where she's valued for her brain instead of her handsprings. She misses her old friends and most of all, her long time camp-only boyfriend, Seth. This year she intends to upgrade their relationship to year-round status once she's broken up with her new, jock boyfriend, Matt. He doesn't even begin to know the real her, a girl fascinated by the night sky who dreams of discovering new planets and galaxies.
But Matt isn't giving her up without a fight. As he makes his case to stay together, Lauren begins to realize his feelings run deeper than she ever would have guessed. What if the guy she thought she was meant to be with forever isn't really The One? Returning to Camp Juniper Point was supposed to ground her uprooted life, but she's more adrift than ever. Everything feels different and soon Lauren's friends are turning on her and both guys question what she really wants. As summer tensions escalate, Lauren wonders if she's changed more than she thought. Will her first big discovery be herself?
Why I Put It Down:
There's no one who loves camp books more than me (okay, there might be, but I'm definitely in the top percentile on this one). I went to camp for 8 years in a row and then was a camp counselor at same said camp. Now I have a tattoo of the tree from the camp logo on my foot. I really love camp. It's such a cool place. So naturally, I love camp books a lot. This one failed to deliver. I got to 23% before I called it quits. The book jumps in so I felt like there was a book before it and I missed a gigantic chunk of the story. It kind of assumes you know a lot about what's going on and who people are, so I was trying to play catch up right from the very beginning. And the suspension of disbelief was way too high for the beginning of a book. None of what was happening seemed believable — the instalove, the ridiculous break ups, and the whole dynamic of how the characters interacted.

1 comment:

  1. Sorry you didn't like these! I haven't read Break-Up Artist but I don't think I would like it either


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