Title: Daring the Bad Boy
Author: Monica Murphy
Date of Publication: August 22nd, 2016
Truth or Dare was never this much fun…
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.
Annie is leaving her family to go to camp away from home for the very first time and is hoping to break out of her comfortable shell that she has surrounded herself with. Jake has gotten himself into trouble with the law and is left with one option to fix it, and so his dad sends him to his Uncle’s camp as part of his punishment to be a counselor at.
When Annie gets to camp she crushes on a boy named Kyle and tries to impress him and this goes terribly wrong and ends up with Jake saving her from drowning. After that Annie convinces Jake to teach her to swim to impress Kyle, and things get even more complicated when they maybe start to fall for each other. Also one of the rules is for no counselors to fraternize with the campers.
I thought this was a pretty fun book and was a light read that I actually enjoyed. It is told in both point of views between Annie and Jake. I did actually prefer Jake’s POV because sometimes Annie did get on my nerves, and I had no idea why she liked Kyle in the first place besides thinking he was “hot.” Jake though was a really great character, and I loved how he was there for Annie when she didn’t believe she could swim.
There were several swoonworthy moments between Annie and Jake, and I really liked that their relationship built up to more of a friendship at first before anything romantic ever happened, so it never felt rushed.
I will say I got kind of angry with the last 15% of the book because of the choices Annie made, but I still liked it and recommend it for a good summer read.
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