When Kinley Carmichael looks in the mirror, she doesn’t see her blonde-haired, blue-eyed, size 4 twin sister. She sees her dark-haired, brown-eyed, size 12 self.
Kinley and her twin sister Addison are excited to start their second summer as counselors at The Camp at Lake Hollis. All Kinley wants is to earn enough money to meet up with her mother so they travel the world as professional photographers. All Addison wants is to work on her tan, seduce a boy, and build her fashion budget. And while Kinley and Addison couldn’t be more opposite, nothing has ever stopped them from being the best of friends.
It’s an especially great summer for Kinley as the official camp photographer and Notre Dame Quarterback Cal Harper showing interest in her. But when poet Miller Conrad arrives and rejects Addison’s advances, showing more interest in Kinley, true colors will shine and the sisters’ bond will be tested.
What was supposed to be the greatest summer of Kinley’s life turns out to be more life-changing than she ever imagined.
Alright, I just have to start off this review by saying that I really didn't enjoy this book. Like, at all. I'm sorry if the author or publisher is reading this, but I just didn't enjoy it. But while this book wasn't for me, I can see how others could definitely love this book. I haven't actually seen a rating below a 4 on Goodreads, so it looks like I'm quite alone with my thoughts. Only 23% of reviews were below 4 stars. and 19% of those were 3-3.75 stars so I just can't.
First off, I really didn't like the characters. You have the main character Kinley, and her twin sister Addi. Addi is the most unlikable, frustrating character I ahve ever read. Seriously, I don't think anyone could possibly like this character. Here are just a few things Addi said or did that solidified my reasoning:
"Does this look slutty enough?" Addison asks with all seriousness.
"You think I'm the hottest person here?" she asks with bright eyes. That's what matters most to Addy. She walks in a room and the first thing she does is make sure she's the hottest girl there.
"What does he mean I'm not his type? I'm every guys type. You must have said something to confuse him".
"You should put your cardigan back on... Your arms aren't your best quality, Kin."
I could go on, but I would be here all day. It wasn't just Addi that I didn't like. I didn't particularly like Kin either. First of all, at the start the way she would follow Addi around and rely on her opinion so much that she wasn't even an individual person was ridiculous. Then, to top it all off she defended some guy, who really shouldn't have been defended, just becuase she didn't want to disappoint a guy.
Now it seems that every book I read lately has some rape themes in it. And this book was no different. Only the fact that I didn't know this going into it was the only difference. But, I really didn't like how it was portrayed in this book. Now, I can't say this next part without spoilers so just be warned. But when Kinley found out that there was "rape" going on and a young girl was there crying, Kinley actually said "well she is scared of the woods" EVEN THOUGH IT WAS OBVIOUS THAT IT WASN'T THE REASON THE YOUNG GIRL WAS CRYING. EVEN THOUGH THE YOUNG GIRL FREAKING TOLD HER WHAT THOSE BOYS DID TO HER. And nobody freaking did a thing about it! The boys didn't even get a slap on the wrist. AND THEN IT GETS WORSE! Kinley discovers a journal with DESCROPTIONS OF RAPE which young boys are reading and getting ideas from AND SHE DOESN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.
"I did not rape her", he says defensively. "Technically, maybe not. But you violated her in ways that are just as damaging"
No nope no. I cannot. I'm sorry, but this is just downright wrong. AND if I am not mistaken, that there is the DEFINITION OF RAPE! And if it isn't rape, it is still SEXUAL ASSAULT. She should have taken all of this information and reported it to the police or even the people running this stupid camp. And it's ridiculous that I'm actually saying this BECAUSE IT'S FICTIONAL. But I just can't.
With the romance, I liked Miller, but it was obvious that Cal was an idiot from the beginning. What also annoyed me was the fact that Kinley knew that she didn't like Cal in a romantic way, yet she continued "dating" him for three quarters of the bloody book because she couldn't figure out how to break up with someone she's not even technically dating! For the other quarter of the book she's running around trying to convince Miller that he should get to know her sister better EVEN AFTER HE'S TOLD HER A THOUSAND TIMES HE'S NOT INTERESTED. It was just plain annoying.
I also didn't particularly enjoy the story as a whole, I felt like it was very slow for anything to happen, and the plot wasn't captivating enough to keep my attention.
There was one main thing I liked about this book, and that was the message to just be yourself, and your friends and family should like you as you are. If they don't, screw them.
I'm sorry that I didn't enjoy this book, and I won't be recommending it. But, if you like the sound of it, give it a try. I can't say whether you will enjoy it or not, but there are way more people who love this book, than there are of those who don't like it.
Also, I'm sorry but that cover? It looks like a Mills and Boon cover and it's terrible. I'm sorry but it is. I was hoping that the re-release of this book was for a cover change because I honestly think way more people would pick this book up if it had a different cover. I don't know it's just everything about it. The couples pose, the cheesy sunset background (I understand why that was used now but still) and the font, just really doesn't go. I think something like the cover of "The Start of Me and You" by Emery Lord would work perfectly. Just saying.
Overall Rating: 1/5
Publisher: RedCoat PR
Published: March, 2014
Format: Kindle edition, 286 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Acquired from: NetGalley via RedCoat PR
Add it to your Goodreads shelf | Buy a copy from The Book Depository
* This book was sent to me via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has in no way affected my opinion of this book.
Hi! Thanks for visiting my blog!
Here you shall find reviews of all books I read, as well as book recommendations, TAGs and other bookish stuff :)
Click here to see my rating system.
I am a Book Depository affiliate! Use the link below to check out TBD!