Author: Miranda Kenneally
Series: Hundred Oaks #3Published: March 1st, 2013 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: borrowed from MHS Library
Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different… This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt--with her. Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…
Mrs. Beamer's Review:
I can't decide how I feel about this book. I absolutely LOVED the first two books I read by Miranda Kenneally...Catching Jordan & Stealing Parker (click on titles for my reviews). So, my expectations were high for this book. While I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous two books, I did finish it (which is saying something these days!).
I liked the summer camp setting. I liked the supporting characters. I liked checking in on Jordan. I liked Matt. I found Kate a tad annoying :( My problem with Kate stemmed from a lack of connection with her. I just didn't get it. I can't really say anything else without spoiling the story, so I'll just leave it at that.
However, despite not liking the main character, I did enjoy the book. This speaks highly to the author's ability to weave a compelling story. I easily recommend this book for high school students...adults that like YA? Not so much.
Mrs. Beamer’s Wrap-Up Rating: 0-5 (0=none, 5=lots) click here for more info
Sexual Content: 2.5
Recommend for High School Libraries: YES
Comfortable With My Child Reading: high school
Growing up in Tennessee, Miranda Kenneally dreamed of becoming an Atlanta Brave, a country singer (cliché!), or a UN interpreter. Instead she writes, and works for the State Department in Washington, D.C., where George W. Bush once used her shoulder as an armrest. Miranda loves Twitter, Star Trek and her husband.