"Monica Murphy always delivers the swoon-worthy romance that I crave. And Murphy’s latest is no exception with this first love, mature young adult novel: Daring the Bad Boy." -Debbie, I Heart YA Books
Annie McFarland is sick of being a shy nobody. A session at summer camp seems like the perfect opportunity to reinvent herself—gain some confidence, kiss a boy, be whoever she wants to be. A few days in, she’s already set her sights on über-hottie Kyle. Too bad her fear of water keeps her away from the lake, where Kyle is always hanging out.
Jacob Fazio is at Camp Pine Ridge after one too many screw-ups. Junior counseling seems like punishment enough, but the rigid no-fraternizing-with-campers rules harsh his chill. When a night of Truth or Dare gets him roped into teaching Annie how to swim, she begs him to also teach her how to snag Kyle.
Late-night swim sessions turn into late-night kissing sessions…but there’s more on the line than just their hearts. If they get caught, Jake’s headed straight to juvie, but Annie’s more than ready to dare him to reveal the truth.
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Daring the Bad Boy
An Endless Summer Novel
By Monica Murphy, Stacy Abrams
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"Don't forget to pack extras of everything," Mom stressed, her voice high, her entire demeanor anxious. She really didn't want me to leave, though she was the one who'd suggested I go to camp in the first place. And I guess I can't blame her, since I am her only child, but it's just for a few weeks — I had to be wait-listed, and when a spot opened up for the second session, I begged my parents to let me go.
But with the way she's fretting over my leaving, I realize she needs to cut the umbilical cord sometime. At least I'll be outside getting fresh air, not stuck in the air-conditioned house with my nose in a book. That's how I usually spend my summers.
Well, no more.
Not that there's anything wrong with reading, but ... it was my escape, my safe place. I'm tired of living in someone else's imaginary world — I want to live in my world for once. But it's hard making a new impression on people you've known your entire school life, some of them since preschool.
To them I'm quiet little Annie McFarland. The girl who cried so hard on the first day of kindergarten that she blew a bubble of snot out her nose. The girl who was so petrified to perform in the third-grade Christmas play that her knees literally knocked together and everyone could hear them. The girl who had a major crush on Wade Johnson in sixth grade and wrote him a heartfelt Valentine's Day poem — and he shared it with all his friends.
I endured their teasing for the rest of the school year. Sixth grade was definitely not my favorite year.
Yeah. I could go on and on.
I'd just finished my sophomore year, and while everyone was busy pairing off, being social, actually doing something with their lives, I was stuck. Stuck in my quiet shell, stuck with the nerd-girl label, stuck as the teacher's pet. I hated it.
More than anything, I was beyond ready for a change.
"Extra T-shirts, extra shorts." Mom ticked off the items with her fingers, her gaze meeting mine. "Extra, um, feminine products."
My cheeks went hot. "I've already packed extra everything." I waved a hand at my open but mostly stuffed duffel bag.
"Okay, good. Good. Wouldn't want you to run out of necessities. Though I fully plan on sending you care packages. And there's parents' weekend, too, so I can always bring you whatever you might need." Mom was rambling. A sure sign she was upset.
"Mom." I went to her and took her hand, giving it a squeeze. "I don't leave for another twenty-four hours. It's not time to cry yet."
"I'll just miss you." She brushed a stray hair away from my forehead, her gaze soft. "You've never left us like this before, for this long. A whole month, hundreds of miles away. With strangers." She stressed the last word.
That was my favorite part of the plan. Being with strangers, people who don't know the real me. I could totally reinvent myself. Be whoever I wanted to be. I could demand they call me Ann, tell them I'm the most popular girl at my school, and win the attention of all the hot boys within hours of my arrival.
Though I doubted any of that would really happen. Just because I'm with people who don't know me doesn't mean my real self won't make an immediate appearance. It's hard for me to open up to new people. Plus, I really don't like it when someone calls me Ann — I think Annie's a much cuter name. And I've never gotten the attention of a hot boy in my entire life. Well, I have — hello, Wade Johnson — but that was unwanted attention. That I'm great at.
I'd like to change that particularly annoying trait of mine.
Okay, I'm not drop-dead gorgeous with a bubbly, flirtatious personality, not by a long shot. I'm not a hideous troll, either, but come on. Hot guys have never noticed me — unless they're six and I'm blowing snot bubbles out my nose. Or I write really bad poetry that makes adolescent boys howl with laughter. And that's not the way I want boys to notice me.
"I'll be fine," I reassured Mom, offering her a smile in return, which somehow only seemed to upset her more. Her chin got all wobbly, and she yanked me into her arms, holding me close. I let her smother me with Mom love for a few minutes before I disentangled myself from her embrace. "Seriously, it's going to be okay. I'll write you and Dad as much as I can."
"Which shouldn't be very much at all. I want you to meet new people and try new things. You need to stay busy and have fun. Don't worry about us." She wagged her finger at me before her hand dropped to her side. "I know you feel a little stifled here, so this will be good for you."
Mom understood. She always had. We moved here when I was two, back to Dad's hometown; he felt right at home because he was home. Mom, on the other hand, was still considered an outsider, and they'd always treated her that way. So she knew what it was like, to feel like you didn't fit in. She understood my problems at school, when Dad always blew them off. Not that he was mean about it. He just didn't get it.
"It's going to be great," I told Mom with a genuine smile. My heart did a funny little flip in the center of my chest and I breathed deeply, telling myself everything really would be great.
Going to camp was going to change my life.
* * *
One month earlier
"You're going. I know this is a last-minute decision and you're probably pissed that you have to leave tomorrow, but too damn bad, Jacob. You're out of here." Dad's voice was firm, simmering with anger. His eyes blazed with barely withheld fury as he glared at me. He was super pissed, but what else was new? "And that's final. No arguments, no defiance, no threats that you'll run away. The second you leave this house without my permission, I'm calling the cops. And they will lock you up. Thanks to your latest mishap, that's guaranteed."
I stared at him, my arms crossed in front of my chest, my jaw clenched so tight I felt like I could crush my teeth into powder. My uncle's summer camp held good memories. Back when I was a kid and had no cares in the world, and my main priorities had been swimming in the lake and hanging out with friends.
But those days were a long time ago.
Now I didn't want to go back. There was no point. I was a different person. Not just older, but freaking wiser.
Well. Maybe not wiser. I kept fucking up, like I couldn't help myself. That latest mishap Dad was talking about? Stealing hubcaps off fancy cars in the middle of the night with my so-called friends. We'd been drinking. I'd been dared. The moment the cops showed up, they all bailed on me. Every last one of them, and I was royally busted. They booked me like a real criminal, taking my photo, getting my fingerprints. I'd nearly pissed my pants I was so scared.
Never let them see it, though. Just kept my mouth shut and glared at everyone. When Dad showed up to bail me out, I almost went weak with relief. I believed I was home free — until he got me into the car and proceeded to yell the entire drive home.
That was the first clue that I'd have to finally pay for my sins.
Dad went with me to my court appearance and asked to speak to the judge. I thought he would plead my case. Tell the scowling middle-aged woman with glasses perched on the tip of her nose that I really was a good kid. I just needed another chance.
Nope. Dad chucked me so far under the bus, I still have tire marks across my stomach. He told the judge I was a screwup, a failure, a disappointment, and that he was afraid for my future. He then promised her if she gave me community service, he'd make sure I did my time by working at my uncle's summer camp under strict supervision.
And now here I am, going to camp and having to work with a bunch of asshole kids who'll give me nothing but crap over the next two months. The only thing that was giving me hope? The possibility there would be plenty of pretty counselors with a bad-boy fetish. I'll be willing to fulfill whatever fantasy they have, as long as we can do it on the down low. My uncle gets one whiff of me doing something wrong, and I'm a dead man. I'll end up in juvenile hall or, worse, in freaking jail. My dad'll make sure I pay for my mistakes.
"Fine," I muttered, dropping my head so I didn't have to look him in the eye. Seeing the disappointment there, all the anger and frustration, I couldn't take it anymore. "I'll go."
His deep sigh of relief was loud, and hearing it didn't make me feel any better. We sat in the living room, Dad in his recliner, me on the couch. I let my arms drop to my sides and took a deep breath, glancing around the room. It was small, narrow, no pictures on the wall, no homey touches. A total bachelor pad, Dad had told me when we moved in to the place, like that was going to appeal to fourteen-year-old me.
After Mom died, Dad sold our house — too full of memories, he'd said, his expression pained — and we rented this shitty little two-story condo. A temporary move, he'd reassured me. The place was old but centrally located in single-dom paradise. As in, there were plenty of divorced women who lived in this complex who were hot for my dad.
And it sucked. Mom's dying had completely messed with my head. But Dad's moving us away from the only home I'd ever known had pushed me over the edge. The more trouble I got into, the more attention I received. It didn't matter if it was bad or good; at least someone was looking at me. Acknowledging me. Telling me I mattered.
"Spending the summer with your uncle Bob is just what you need," Dad said, his expression softening, the anger slowly dissipating because I didn't protest or get angry. Why fight it? At least at camp, I'd have some freedom.
I'd be working my ass off and under Uncle Bob's thumb all the time, but what else could I do?
"Though just because you're surrounded by a bunch of young girls doesn't mean you should touch any of them." The pointed look Dad sent my way almost made me want to laugh.
"They're off-limits. Forbidden. The campers, at least. You have to follow your uncle's rules. The counselors, they're your peers, but I wouldn't recommend you messing around with any of them, either. You don't need the distraction." He paused. "You mess up once, and you'll end up in juvie. Understand?"
I nodded. Whatever. I'd mess around with whoever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I'd freaking need the distraction so I wouldn't lose my mind having to work for Uncle Bob all summer long.
"You'll get out of here." Away from my friends. "You'll meet new people." Who aren't my friends. "You'll earn a little money and save it up." So I can buy my own cigarettes or weed or whatever I want and not have to ask for cash from you. "And you might learn a thing or two."
But instead of saying any of that, I nodded like I agreed and stood, finally meeting his gaze. His eyes weren't blazing with so much frustration anymore, and I felt like I'd jumped over the first hurdle. "I'd better go pack, then," I told him, and left the room.
Never looked back once, either.CHAPTER 2
The bus ride was long, the road twisty enough to make my stomach pitch and roll like I was on a boat in the middle of an ocean storm. I tried to ignore it by slipping in my earbuds and closing my eyes, concentrating on my newly created playlist on my old iPod Touch, but it was no use. I ended up nauseous and trying my best not to hurl by the time the bus arrived at camp.
I was pretty sure it wasn't just the ride that made me sick to my stomach, though. I was super nervous, too. What if I had a hard time making friends? What if I couldn't open up? Back at school, I was known for being shy. Quiet. I kept to myself, kept my head down, got good grades.
In other words, I was totally boring. My guidance counselor told me as much when I met with her right before school ended.
"You're such a bright girl, but grades alone won't get you into the college of your choice," she'd reminded me. "They want someone well-rounded. A student who's both smart and social — the total package."
"The total package." Those words struck fear in my heart because I knew without a doubt I'm not the total package. Not by a long shot.
I was just ... me.
Well, this was the summer of freedom. Of bravery. I needed to prove to myself that I could be more than just ... me. I could become the total package and go back to school ready to conquer all. Join clubs, maintain my GPA, and maybe even lead a cheer.
Okay. That last one might be a stretch, but I could probably lead the school, right? Join student council? I'd always wanted to do that but figured I wasn't popular enough.
Summer camp was the perfect place to put my newfound bravery to work. How many books had I read where the nerdy girl went away to summer camp, transformed herself, made a ton of new friends, and got the hottest guy by the end of the summer? Too many to mention, and every one of those stories made me sigh with longing when I finished.
I wanted to be that girl. I wanted to be brave, make friends, accomplish something that I've always been too scared to do, and I wanted to end up with the hottest guy at camp by the end of the summer. I could do it.
Seriously. I could.
A very official-looking girl who couldn't be much older than me stood by the flagpole holding a clipboard, a whistle on a cord hanging around her neck. Her hair was a glossy brown and hung perfectly straight just to her shoulders. She wore a T-shirt with the camp emblem on the front, and she smiled as everyone milled around, not appearing fazed by all the loud chatter and squeals, girls hugging each other like they were long-lost friends finally reunited.
Like a loser, I stood there completely alone. For my age, I knew I was late in going to summer camp, and it looked like everyone else had already been coming here for ages. Plus, I was here for only the second session, so I was totally late to the party.
As I glanced around and saw girls and boys breaking off into groups of three and four, I was one of the only girls with no one to talk to. My instant reaction was to retreat. The old me would've stood beneath a tree with my earbuds in and my music loud, my gaze glued to my ancient iPod — no phones worked up here since the reception was bad — like I was alone on purpose.
But the new me, the daring and brave me, lifted her chin, contemplating the group of girls standing the closest. They were all really pretty with perfect hair and makeup, wearing cute clothes I could only dream of affording. I took a hesitant step, then another one, ready to approach them, when someone tapped me on the shoulder.
I turned to find a very tall, very thin girl standing in front of me, a friendly smile stretching her mouth wide, her dark brown eyes meeting mine. "Hi!" she chirped, like I should know exactly who she is. "It's been sooo long, right?"
Frowning, I answered, "Sure?" Was she messing with me or what?
"I mean, it feels like I haven't been here in forever. And then I see you." She paused, as if waiting for me to answer with my name.
So I do.
"Right! Annie." She nodded, her smile growing wider. "Anyway, Annie. It's so freaking good to see you again. I've been waiting all year for our reunion." She pulled me into her arms, hugging me tightly, and I had no choice but to hug her back.
"Um, I missed you, too ..." My voice drifted and I worried for a moment that this girl could be a total wack job. Or she was playing a trick on me.
"Kelsey." She pulled away from me, her hands still gripping my shoulders. "I'm sorry I never wrote. I lost your address."
"More like you never had it," I reminded her.
Her nose scrunched up, drawing my attention to the many freckles covering it. "Well, you've always been a little selfish when it comes to revealing your true self."
This girl was more on point than she realized. "You know I'm a private person," I said with a smile.
"Right. I get it. I do. This is why we're the best of camp friends." Kelsey started to laugh and gave my shoulders a little shake. "I scare you, don't I?"
"Sort of," I admitted, which only made her laugh harder.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Being in love can sneak up on you. The story of Annie looking to break free from her she'll and find the typical story romance and Jake not believing he can love the way he does. When the two meet at camp it their love comes through.
It was amazing and i just finished it at 1:30 am but highli reccomenddd!
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Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Publishing for the arc of Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy! This cute romantic story is about two unsure teenagers meeting at summer camp and eventually becoming friends. These two help each other overcome hurdles in their lives and conquer their fears. I didn't feel completely drawn into the story, but I did enjoy it, so I rate it 3.5 stars.
“Daring the Bad Boy” is author Monica Murphy’s newest young adult book, and I found it to be fun, refreshing, and light-hearted. I am a huge fan of Monica, and like all her books, this book does not disappoint. Annie is a shy, high school student, who wants desperately to be more than she is - stronger, more confident, and more daring. Jacob is an older, high school student, who has suffered tragedy and has acted out because of it. He is a little misunderstood, a little lonely, and looking for attention of any kind. These two meet at summer camp in the most classic way - he is a junior counselor, she is a camper, and any relationship beyond friendship is forbidden. And, of course, he sees in her what she is trying to be, and she sees in him what he is desperately looking for….. This is a sweet, young romance story with, what I believe, are typical teenage characters (it is amazing how will Monica captures the nature of a teenage boy and girl). Monica continues to provide complexity and unexpected turns here, as she does in all her other books, even though this book is geared towards a slightly different reader than her adult or new age readers. Having a young daughter, this is the type of book I would prefer my daughter to read when she is a little older - one with not only a fun storyline, but also touching upon real life issues and offering good messages. Of course, I want to know what happens next - hoping for a sequel Monica!!! *I was given an advanced copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.
Daring the Bad boy by Monica Murphy This is such a cute, heart-melting read! It makes me want to go back and relive those moments of first love!! l also enjoyed the dual POVs in this story. I love knowing what each character is thinking! Annie is the 16 years old good girl and has never been done anything spontaneous in her life. She's known as the quiet, shy girl that always has her face in a book. She's never had any attention from the boys unless you mean being made fun of by them. She decides this summer is the summer to change all that. She's going to Summer camp where no one knows her and she can become anyone she wants! She plans on making lots of friends and finding the hottest guy in camp and make him her boyfriend. Oh and don't forget learning how to swim! Jake is the 17 year old bad boy. His mom died when he was 14 and his dad became withdrawn and basically neglected Jake as a way of dealing with his grief. Jake's attempt at getting his father's attention is doing stupid pranks which ends up getting him in trouble with the law. His father has had it and ends up sending him away for the summer to work at Jake's Uncles Camp. He's to be under strict supervision! One more screw up and he's off to Juvie! Upon arriving at camp, Annie quickly puts her sights on Kyle to be her soon to be boyfriend. Then she meets Jake whom she end up blackmailing to give her swim lessons and give her info on Kyle. But the more and more time she spends with Jake, does she really like Kyle as much as she thought she did?! Jake can't seem to get Annie off his mind, he may be falling for her but there's one problem- relationships between counselors and campers are completely off-limits! If Jake gets in any trouble he's headed straight for Juvie! Are they willing to break the rules and risk getting caught to be with each other? This is a easy, light summer read! This is Young Adult and Monica proves that she can pull off writing any genre of book!! I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Monica Murphy is my MUST read author. So, when she writes a young adult, I read a young adult! Though, not my normal genre. Annie & Jake brought such wonderful young love to life in this fantastic book. Is there any young girl who doesn't want to fall in love at summer camp? Great story telling by Monica Murphy. I am still feeling nostalgic for young love after reading this book!!
It has been so long since I've read YA that this book felt a refreshing breath of cool air. This is also the first YA of Murphy's that I've read, since I tend to read more romance. I have to say, she hit the nail on the head. While there were a few things I would have appreciated being added (like a conclusion with the other girls in the cabin), Murphy was able to create such realistic characters and situations. Annie and Jake were both at the camp to change...one for themselves, one for others...and when they finally got together it was perfect. I liked that Jake was kind of gruff and didn't want to accept what was going on in terms of his feelings for Annie. I appreciated that Annie was strong enough to put herself out there and that she had a little bit of bad in her (even if it was way outweighed by her blushing innocence). Overall, the book was a great read. I was invested and interested the entire time and wanted to see how these characters ended up together. I liked the secondary relationships that Annie and Jake had (Brian, Kelsey, etc.) and that it wasn't all sunshine and roses. I do think I would have liked to see more of them actually being together, but the "emotional foreplay" was so much fun. Murphy hit another one out of the park.
Daring the Bad Boy is everything a YA romance should be–sweet, funny, romantic and a little angsty. A fabulous YA read! Annie is shy and a little awkward. Jacob is a bad boy. They are total opposites. So, when they cross paths at summer camp, Jacob as a counselor and Annie as a camper, forbidden sparks fly. The camp has a strict rule about campers and counselors getting involved. It’s especially important that Jake tow the line since his uncle owns the camp and if he screws up, his uncle will tell his dad and Jake will head straight to juvie, don’t pass go, don’t collect $200 dollars. But is the risk worth the reward? I loved Jacob! He is the penultimate teenage bad boy with a heart. Annie brings out the best in him and him in her. I haven’t read a YA book in a while, but some of my favorite books are from the YA genre. This sweet, funny romance just rocketed its way up into my top 10 YA books of all time. Monica Murphy solidifies herself in yet another genre. Do NOT pass this one up! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Loved this cute and sweet YA romance. This story hooked me at the start and I could not put it down. This was about new friendships and brings all those feelings of that first love, with the drama and angst of being a teenager. This was well written with lovable characters that will make you wish that you were a teenager again and at summer camp right along with them. Loved the dual POV. This was a fun and sweet summer read that I will definitely have to read again. Highly Recommended. Received a complimentary copy through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
I enjoyed this YA book from start to finish. This story is done in Monica's true style. Sexy boys and sassy awesome girls. This book is sweet, innocent, filled with teeenage drama/problems, you name it. You will fall for Jake and Annie. And if you like opposites who attract, you will definitely like these two! I enjoyed this YA book and I hope Monica will write another one! 4 stars from me
Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy....This was such a cute sweet read that I could not put it down. I absolutely love Monica Murphy's writing style, seeing both sides of POVs. Jake and Annie were very well written characters that you can relate to and find yourself pulling for these two. This is a must read, I am so excited to read more by this author. I was given a complimentary book by publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
This book was a cute, quick, summer read. Annie is a shy girl that fades into the background at school. Hoping to broaden her horizons, she goes to summer camp for the first time, hoping to break out of her shell with people who don't know her. Jake used to come to camp all of the time. This summer he's forced to work there as penance for getting in trouble. His one-time solace has literally become a prison. I loved these characters and the growth that they experienced while at camp. This author's first YA novel was definitely a success. I have read her NA and contemporary titles and have loved them all and this is no exception! *I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
Annie goes off to camp to try to shed away her shy shell. She’s determined to make friends and snag a guy. All of her attention goes to Kyle, the hottest guy at camp. Even the girls at camp are rooting for them. Suddenly, another guy gets in Annie’s line of vision and she can’t help but think of him more and more every day. It took me a long while to get used to Annie, even if I related to her to an extent. Annie and I were so shy at the age of 16. All of her introvert aspects were so relatable to me because I went through them. What irked me was how naive and childish she was, which was very off-putting. When it came down to daring the “bad boy”, I’m pretty sure I rolled my eyes. Annie just acted like a 13-year-old and I couldn’t deal with her. Jake is said to be the bad boy, but… There’s not much bad in this boy. This aspect of the story was more tell than show. It’s said that Jake did some bad things and that’s why he was sent to camp. Aside from that, there’s no bad in this guy. He’s actually really nice and romantic. I ended up liking this story because of him and how cute he turned out to be towards the end. I’m pretty sure I had this glossy and in-love look in my eyes every time he would appear. Annie’s fear of the water was very serious and when she told why, I felt for her a smidge. The author didn’t really give much to that part of the story for me to feel anything. It was mostly just told and then forgotten about. Yes, her fear was present right from the start, yet when it came down to the why, it was brushed off. Overall, Daring the Bad Boy is a light, cute, and summer read.
Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy is a sweet and enjoyable young adult novel about love and finding the other person who makes you want to take a leap. The story is about shy girl, Annie McFarland who goes to Camp Pine Ridge in the hope of changing herself, not being so shy, and perhaps even being so bold to kiss a boy. Early in camp she sets her sights on the hot Kyle, but a near drowning at the lake leads her in another direction and to a bad boy, Jacob Fazio instead. Jacob Fazio is assigned as a junior camp counselor at Camp Pine Ridge as his community service after getting in trouble one too many times in order to stay out of juvie. Not expecting anything other than completing his service to make his dad and the judge happy, Jacob is in for a surprise in the form of Annie McFarland. After saving her from nearly drowning and then through a dare where he is dared to teach her to swim, what begins as simple swim lessons soon turns to so much more. Daring the Bad Boy is a fun and quick romance with characters that just made you want to see them get a happy ending. Jacob's backstory definitely pulls at your heartstrings, and the way he is with Annie is so sweet! My favorite scene involves a paper fortune teller and a paper airplane. You need to read to find out more. I also loved Annie and how she overcomes her fears. Overall, a great story by Ms. Murphy. I very much recommend and can't wait to read more from her.
Ah high school, that time in our lives where we were either invincible or invisible. Annie is invisible but is hoping a month at summer camp will allow her to shed this cloak and help her break out of her fears. Her goals are to make the cutest boy in camp like her and to get her first kiss. As she embarks on this mission, she doesn’t expect bad boy Jake to change her path. Jake is a means to an end, she needs to learn to swim but through swimming lessons, well, could something more be there? Jake has been exiled to camp by his father to work for his uncle. There will be no fraternizing with the campers so when he starts helping Annie, well, he finds himself stuck between a rock and a hard place. He likes Annie so what should the bad boy do? This is a fun look at summer camp and first loves. An escape I needed after reading some very heavy and suspenseful stories. The perfect foil to bring me to a nice, safe happy place.
i never went to summer camp, but i have watched wet hot american summer and sleepaway camp and the parent trap so i'm pretty sure i know what summer camp is all about. daring the bad boy won't really change your mind about any clichés about summer camp, though there is 100% less murders in it than sleepaway camp. this young adult summer read tells the story of jacob fazio, bad boy extraordinaire, whose run-ins with trouble have condemned him to work as a lifeguard at his uncle's summer camp. jake has to keep on the straight and narrow, breaking the rules can land him in juvie. he's definitely made some mistakes, but he's also carrying around a lot of anger and grief. his mother died of cancer when he was fourteen, and his father handled this by pretending she never existed, moving them out of their home, and starting over somewhere new. this was not the best way for jake to handle his grief, thrust into an entirely new environment when his world had been drastically altered already. so coming into this you have a lot of sympathy for where jake is coming from. annie mcfarland is our other lead. she's the quiet type, but she's ready for a change. she wants to be braver, more outgoing. she wants to connect with people instead of keeping everyone at arms length. she wants to live her life instead of reading about someone else's. this is her first time at summer camp, and she's hoping it is life-changing. the only problem is that this summer camp is located by a lake and annie doesn't know how to swim. in fact, she has a severe phobia of water related to an incident in her childhood. after jake saves annie from a near drowning, they start spending time together. and the more they get to know each other, the more they like each other. but jake is a counselor and annie is a camper, and this is one line he is forbidden from crossing. but soon the attraction is too powerful to ignore. in one of my favorite moments, jake and annie jump off a waterfall together. and the moment of closeness they share is so sweet. jake is so proud of annie for conquering her fears and annie genuinely appreciates how jake is there for her. she asked him to hold her hand and never let go, and he doesn't. there's just something uplifting about young love, which is why i have always enjoyed a good young adult romance. this reminds me a bit of the old sweet dreams series, so if you liked those books, this one is a can't miss. **daring the bad boy will publish on august 22, 2016. i received an advanced reader copy courtesy of netgalley/entangled publishing (entangled:crush) in exchange for my honest review.
8 Reasons to read Daring the Bad Boy It takes place at summer camp It’s incredibly sweet. I love these types of books. Someone’s past doesn’t dictate their future Meeting new people can lead to friendships you could never imagine. And sometimes some people aren’t worth the effort. A few great people to lean on can banish most of your fears. It’s a fun and fast read. I want to go to Camp Pine Ridge!
This is a fantastic summer YA read. It takes us back to summer camp and conjures up all those feelings of first love as well as all the angst of being a teenager. It's wonderfully written and these characters will win your heart. Annie was always the shy girl and almost invisible. When the opportunity to attending a session at summer camp comes her way, she plans to use the time to help reinvent herself and be the person she's always wanted to be. Does she ever accomplish that. While she has her eye on Kyle, camp hottie, Jake has his eye on her. The only problem is she's off limits for Jake. He's there working for his uncle as a Jr. counselor, trying to get his life back on track after it went off the rails after the death of his mother. The one rule his uncle stressed - no hitting on the campers. Annie is worth risking it all though. Can he get her to forget about Kyle and really look at him? This is a YA must read! I highly recommend it.