Daring the Bad Boy by Monica Murphy
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: August 22, 2016
Format: I received the book as part of the blog tour organized by YA Book Tours.
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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.
Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains references to drinking, sexual situations, adult language, and an intense bad boy hero who will melt your heart.
Annie is going off to camp this summer, due to her mother’s encouragement; that she needs to go and make friends and get a summer camp experience. First, one of the things that appear on the very first page is that Annie usually spends her summers with her nose in a book and she says that like its a bad thing. I have a politely disagree. That's literally how I spent my summer this year.
Jake pushed the line one too many times and now he’s facing either juvenile or going to help his uncle, who’d the director at a summer camp. Funny thing is that this summer camp is one that he attended when he was younger and both his dad and uncle went there as well. Ironically, his dad met his mom at the camp but Jake isn’t allowed to get involved with anyone.
I actually really like how the story was told from both side, both Annie’s and Jake’s. THat way, we could see their individual opinions and what they thought of each other. Like we could see that they had feelings for each other but we had to wait through the suspense for them to find out that they liked each other.
The ending was EVERYTHING!! I loved how it’s mirror’s Jake’s dad’s own experiences from the camp, and like that legacy continuing on.
The book turned out differently than I thought. Originally, it seemed like Annie was a counselor as well, but I guess it’s good that she wasn’t because then it wouldn’t be ‘forbidden love’.
Of course there were times where the characters just seemed like they were complete douchebags. They had to concern for each other and were self-centered.
The book also deals with sensitive topics and also mentions LGBT topics. I really like how tastefully it was written, and wasn’t overwhelming. Also, I just have to mention that the book does use some harsher language and drinking as well as sexual activities.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars). I kind of expected more from it but it surprised me by going in a different direction. I really enjoyed reading this book and I am really looking forward to reading more books by this author. I really like all the books that come from Entangled Press and I can always count on their books to be a fun read.
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