Summary (from Goodreads):
“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?”
This is the second book in the Camp Boyfriend series (and the first full-length one, after the introductory novella) and we are back spending time with Lauren and Seth. This time, though, things are incredibly different. Lauren and Seth aren’t together (they break up at the end of every summer) and Lauren is (a) very popular in her new school and (b) dating an incredibly popular guy. Even so, she’s excited to get back to camp and the people she considers her real friends—and, of course, Seth, who she obviously considers her real boyfriend.
The problem with Lauren is that she’s way, way too nice and that she spends more time trying to figure out what she SHOULD do than she does trying to understand what she WANTS to do.
When you consider all these things, there’s no real surprise that camp isn’t what she expected it to be. Her real friends don’t seem willing to accept that Lauren (while popular) still is who she always used to be. And Seth isn’t exactly enthused that she’s dating another guy.
While I spent a good deal of the book mentally screaming, “TALK TO EACH OTHER, ALL OF YOU!”, this is such an incredibly fun, sweet series.
After this, each book is told from a different perspective and I’m excited for that (although I’ll miss Lauren and Seth and Matt).