“Saved!” meets To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before in this laugh-out-loud romantic comedy that takes a meaningful look at consent and what it means to give it.
When CeCe’s born-again ex-boyfriend dumps her after they have sex, she follows him to Jesus camp in order to win him back. Problem: She knows nothing about Jesus. But her best friend Paul does. He accompanies CeCe to camp, and the plan—God’s or CeCe’s—goes immediately awry when her ex shows up with a new girlfriend, a True Believer at that.
Scrambling to save face, CeCe ropes Paul into faking a relationship. But as deceptions stack up, she questions whether her ex is really the nice guy he seemed. And what about her strange new feelings for Paul—is this love, lust, or an illusion born of heartbreak? To figure it out, she’ll have to confront the reasons she chased her ex to camp in the first place, including the truth about the night she lost her virginity.
(Before I jump in I want to thank The FFBC and Page Street Kids for providing me with an ARC in exchange for this honest review. All opinions are my own.)
CeCe wants nothing more than to get Ethan back, Ethan wants to get closer to Jesus. CeCe knows nothing about Jesus, God or the bible but her best friend Paul does. CeCe ropes Paul into not only joining her to return to the one place he never wanted to go but also into being her fake boyfriend.
This book had everything I needed in a fun summer novel. If you’ve been following me for a bit, you know that I spent ten summers at the same sleep away camp where I made my best friends in the world. I love books about summer camp and I loved this book so much.
CeCe and Paul have even best friends forever, she has never thought of him as anything more until this summer in camp. As I have said before, camp is magical and changes everything. We see this from the quick and super strong friendships CeCe makes with her bunkmates.
CeCe is strong, determined, fierce and loving. She wants what she sets her mind too and loves causing trouble. A Christian camp is the last place I would imagine CeCe would go, but she knows how to hold her ground and fit in with the best of them.
This book was real. It talked about consent, sex, sex ed and sex ed within religion. It brought up the conversation of what needs to be changed in the community and how we can’t go around shunning and shaming people who live differently than we do.
CeCe’s bunk mates Mandy, Astrid and Sarina are fierce and loyal. They all have their strengths and all are trying to find their place within their faith.
“Paul is a king among men, desired and envied, and known the world wide for his great taste in music.”
Paul is the boy who deserves the whole world and nothing less. He is amazing, he loves CeCe so much and would go to the end of the earth just to see her smile. He is the best. I don’t know about his music taste, but I can tell you he is a king among men. And his mom is amazing too.
I loved this book more than anything in the world and everyone needs to read it.
Sonia Hartl is a YA author who calls Michigan home, even though she’s lived in several different states. Her debut novel, HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME is forthcoming from Page Street Publishing. When she’s not writing or reading, she’s enjoying pub trivia, marathoning Disney movies, or taking a walk outside in the fall. She’s a member of SCBWI and the communications director for Pitch Wars. She has been published in The Writers Post Journal and Boston Literary Magazine. She lives in Grand Rapids with her husband and two daughters.
Prize: Win a finished copy of HAVE A LITTLE FAITH IN ME by Sonia Hartl (US Only)
Starts: 28thAugust 2019
Ends: 11th September 2019