Published by Swoon Reads on July 21, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
In Shannon Klare's fun and sexy YA novel Last Chance Summer, a teen is shipped off to work as a counselor at a summer camp―only to butt heads with her co-counselor.
Alex is a sheriff's daughter with a less than pristine reputation. When she's caught drinking at a party by her dad’s deputy, she’s in deep trouble. With an already incriminating incident in her past, Alex’s parents ship her off to her aunt’s summer camp to work as a counselor.
What's worse than spending your summer deep in the mosquito-infested woods of Texas?
Being paired with an obnoxious co-counselor who wants nothing to do with you.
Alex is determined to make the best of her summer, even if it means putting up with Grant, who has secrets of his own that he's determined to protect. Can Alex and Grant put their egos to the side and find the bright side of a summer that neither of them signed up for?
Last Chance Summer is a young adult contemporary romance by Shannon Klare. I really enjoyed Last Chance Summer. It wasn’t initially as lighthearted as I thought it would be. There were certainly some deeper /darker topics explored like grief and loss, but the balance between summer romance and those topics was handled really well. Overall, this book was a really nice read and the romance in it was great.
In Last Chance Summer we meet our main character Alex, who is still suffering the loss of her best friend. You can tell that her friend’s loss is weighing heavily on her shoulders throughout the book, but watching her handle her grief and loss was something that I appreciated seeing addressed in her story. It wasn’t always sunshine and rainbows for Alex, such that is life. At the start of our book, Alex is acting out and her dad give her an ultimatum. Go to work at her Aunt’s summer camp as a counselor or lose her college fund. Not much of a choice if you ask me! When Alex gets to camp, she meets Grant, her co-counselor for the summer and it is pretty much hate at first meeting. I am such a sucker for a hate to love trope, so i was really excited about Alex and Grant right from their very first meeting. And they did not let me down.
Last Chance Summer was a great read. It is full of all the things you love about summer camp, and plenty of great bickering, competition, romance and some important lessons about life and loss. The romance and banter between Alex and Grant was my favorite aspect of the story, but right behind the two of them was a very strong cast of secondary characters that all played a big role in some of the other themes. Shannon Klare did a great job setting the summer scene for a fun and satisfying story. I really enjoyed Last Chance Summer. If you are a fan of summer romances that feature good character growth, Last Chance Summer is a book you should check out.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2020 New Release Challenge
- Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2020
I think I would very much enjoy this novel. It sounds fantastic as I like characters with issues they have to surmount along with the romance. Best wishes to the author on the new book.
I like the sound of this story. A story of people who overcome problems whether large or small is always interesting to me.