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?
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! 🙂