Teenage Temptations & Personal Honor by Meena Jelks
Genre: YA Teen Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Format: I received an e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
You can purchase a copy of the book here: https://www.amazon.com/Teenage-Temptation-Personal-Honor-Meena-ebook/dp/B01GDG6HYW#nav-subnav
Fifteen-year-old Gaby swore she’d always put books before boys. She could solve an algebraic expression faster than anyone in her class, play Bach’s Toccata and Fugue in D minor with better technique than her music teacher, but couldn’t tell her best friend Anna that she secretly adored her older brother, Josh.
Gaby’s secret feelings tormented her for almost a year. Now that they were all going to be counselors at Camp Sesquahade for the summer, Gaby wondered how long she’d be able to keep her own secret.
Surrounded by temptation, she worries about shattering her good-girl image.
Will Gaby get through summer without falling victim to her furtive feelings? How can she be with Josh while standing firm on her values and morals?
Originally, the book caught my eye because of the description.
This book’s description didn’t even let on how emotionally deep the book is. Like literally, I was up until midnight finishing the book, and I was bawling my eyes out. The summary sounded like a fluffy love story at a summer camp but it blew up so fast.
There are a lot of ups and downs in the book in terms of relationships; a lot of hooking up and getting pregnant and friendships being broken up.
Gaby seems to be really unsure of her own feelings, unable to make anything actually happen between her and Josh, or anything else for that matter. Although with all those flaws, she was still there for the people that needed her. When all her friends were scared and helpless, it was Gaby who swooped in and saved the day.
The book really sticks to the moral of being a good friend. Through the many, many new friendships forming and the betrayals happening, the moral really sticks throughout. It really teaches the importance of sticking together with your friends and knowing when to trust someone.
One thing that really stood out at me was how the book really focused on the present, and was not dwelling about the past or worrying too much about the future.
One of the few things that I had trouble with was that I couldn’t keep track of all the characters and the names. Especially when they were talking about who was dating who and who got what pregenant, I’m just like ‘woah, who is that guy?’
The book also touches on some topics of diversity, like just the perfect amount. I really liked how it was incorporated perfectly.
It is a very clean read but is targeted towards an older audience with the talk of hooking up and breaking up and all that.
Now I can keep talking and talking and talking about how much I liked this book, but then I’d just spoil the entire book, so I’ll just get to the conclusion and then let you go read the book yourself.
Overall I give the book a 8/10 (4/5 stars). I recommend the book to anyone who likes a deep book in the YA genre. Although, I would say if you are the type of person who likes to finish a book in one sitting, you might want to block out a large set of time. It took me about 4-5 hours to read the entire book.
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