- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (September 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061349232
- ISBN-13: 978-0061349232
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 4.8 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 45 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,336,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grade 8–10—Sixteen-year-old Shelby knows she is acting out and making some bad choices when it comes to boys and dating, but she never expected her father and "wicked" stepmother to banish her to a "brat camp" for the summer. Luckily for Shelby, she is allowed to choose the artsy Camp Crescent instead of Priscilla's choice of Red Canyon—aka boot camp from hell. Camp turns out not to be a total waste even with the preachy Mr. Winters and singing guitar lady Cynthia. Shelby manages to make some new friends, but the real highlight is the arrival of Austin Bridges III. Not only is he the son of a legendary rock star, but he is also cute, kind, intriguing, and totally mysterious. Shelby is drawn to him and the terrible dark family secret that he is willing to share only with her. How can she turn her back on him, especially with the full moon only a few nights away? Davis weaves together a fast-paced action adventure story with issues of peer pressure, divorce, betrayal, friendship, acceptance, and, of course, romance. Shelby is fearless and impulsive, but she is also a caring soul who just needs to find her way in a confusing world. This novel has great teen appeal but is not as dark or edgy as others in this genre. It will leave readers wanting more.—Donna Rosenblum, Floral Park Memorial High School, NY
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Shelby Locke is a normal, boy crazy 16-year-old girl and it lands her in hot water with her father and his trophy wife, Priscilla. As punishment for breaking their rules, Shelby is sent to a brat camp where she encounters the son of a famous rock star, Austin Bridges III.
There is an instant connection between the two, and Shelby soon learns that Austin has a terrifying secret: he is a werewolf! Upon arrival at the camp, contraband items including PDAs, make-up, and junk food were confiscated. Shelby makes it her responsibility to help Austin break into the locked room so he can get his serum. If he doesn't, he'll undergo the Change and a werewolf will be running loose in camp.
There were so many things I didn't like about this book, so it's hard to know where to begin. But let's start with Shelby's relationship to her father and her stepmother. Shelby honestly isn't that bad of a kid, and her actions certainly didn't warrant a trip to Brat Camp. In order for that to be more believable, Shelby would have needed to do some more extreme things before I could get on board with her getting shipped away for the summer. Davis just didn't try hard enough to justify why Shelby needed to go there.
Then there's the camp, and Shelby has to turn in her PDA. I had a total de ja vu moment, because the same thing happened in Lauren Kate's "Fallen".
As for Austin, I found him pretty boring and couldn't understand why Shelby found him so swoon-worthy.
And finally, there's not really all that much action going on in the story. It's very simplistic, shallow storytelling. I would have liked a few twists and surprises, but there were none. The ending was predictable and I think I rolled my eyes a little.
The best thing this book had going for it was its pretty cover art. Nothing found inside was impressive or creative, so I'd recommend passing this one up.
Her life is looking rather bleak as she is serenaded with perky camp songs by the camp counselor ... when Austin Bridges III drives up in a stretch limo ... and Shelby boy-crazy meter goes off.
Maybe it is because I have been watching a lot of Disney & Noggin lately (highlight of the night - The Fresh Beat Band), but I finished this book and wasn't disappointed. This book is all about how you approach it - the reader base should be young and for a 12 year old - it is good. The writing is done well, the tone is light and there is nothing dark, dreary or deep. I really don't mind stereotypical characters. There is a reason that there are a ton of books about the mean stepmothers - because it happens all the time IRL.
Harris' characters weren't as developed as I would have hoped. Shelby was described as tough, but I found that she was actually easily distracted and pressured by the guys she is interested in, she always mentioned that she wasn't swayed by fashion as all the other girls were, but she was constantly referring to her clothing lines - yeah American Eagle - boo Prada. I really liked the character of Ariel and would have liked to have seen more development with her. Austin was a contradiction - he came across as the tough guy in the beginning but as it progressed he looked more and more like a pacifist and sensitive, but depth wasn't really reached with him at all.
Once you get past the reveal the story actually gets better. Shelby and Austin start showing some depth and the plot starts to converge into something tangible. I was frustrated with some of Shelby's actions, and Charles is just downright annoying (obviously supposed to be). The ending was sweet, with a big "Awww[...]" like you would at the end of a Selena Gomez film... and overall the book was good. This is really, though, a teen book, and older audiences might find it very juvenile. I recommend the book for 11 to 15 year olds and moms don't have to worry about anything sexual or inappropriate. I can defiantly see a Disney made for TV movie - with Selena Gomez as Shelby and one of those annoying twins from that hotel show as Austin. Buy it for your tween.
The story is about two teenagers, Shelby and Austin who meet and feel that they can trust each other before even getting to know each other. The general feeling I got was that everything was rushed. How come a guy with a life threatening secret that he never told to anyone before - with the exception of one time and that was unwillingly - revealed his secret so easily to a total stranger? Ok, he had to hurry because of the full moon but he could at least play it a bit more difficult in giving in. `You asked I told' as he says it's not a good way to protect a secret.
Just when you feel you are getting to know the characters, the book comes to an end. I think the story was not fully developed but I can't say that I didn't like it. I would like it more it I got to know the characters and if not everything happened over a week. We didn't have to have a full description of every single day, but at least to know that they did meet and they did get a change to talk and talk again and then risk their lives for each other.
As I said, I'm not fully disappointed by it and surely I don't feel that I wasted my time reading it, it's good but it could be a lot better if it was developed a bit more, both the characters and the scenes.
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