I’ve stated a few times before that teen romance isn’t my normal read. Mostly because I have a teenager, and that’s enough teen drama for this mom right now! But we get requests to review them from time to time, and since I loved Molly E. Lee’s “Love in the Friend Zone,” I thought I’d give this a chance as well.
This book is about a girl, Mallory, who has an identical twin sister who seems to have it all. She’s popular, athletic, and gets any guy she wants. Except for Ben. So Blake (Disney Princess twin) is mad that Ben didn’t ask her out and pulls a prank that is pretty much illegal and Ben gets the blame. When it all comes out, she’s found guilty, and they both get sent to summer camp as punishment. Blake can’t stand the thought of going to camp all summer, so she asks her twin, Mallory, to take her place. Mallory thinks Blake’s life is perfect so she sets out to BE her. Only to find out that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Ben thinks Blake has changed and starts to fall for her (but it’s really Mallory he’s falling for). And then, of course, mayhem happens, and the girls are found out.
The storyline itself is a bit cliché, but then teen drama is, a lot of the time, the same basic stories. The themes of teen love and angst seem to happen over and over to each new generation. This author’s writing was good, but I would have liked to have had more of Mallory’s character development in the beginning of the story. Maybe more scenes from school highlighting how she feels like she’s always on the outside looking in. And more about Ben himself, before they get to camp. Not having this bit of background made it hard to follow both characters’ progression at times. But, all in all, this was a cute, fun, and easy read. I did love how it highlights the fun of summer camp. I was a camper as a kid and then as a teen/young adult was a counselor many times. Definitely fun times, and the hijinks just make it even more of an epic experience. Now, as a mom of a teen, the sexual innuendos in the story were not fun to read. I know that teens do things and think things, but this mom doesn’t like to think about her kids thinking and doing such things. Naïve of me, yes, but hey… I won’t apologize for that!
I’m going to give this book 4 propellers just because I felt there were some holes in the character development and plot that I think should have been filled in, in order to make it a 5 propeller read. Still worth the time and money if you love teen romance, though!
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