Last Chance Summer
In Shannon Klare's fun and sexy YA novel Last Chance Summer, a teen is shipped off to work as a counselor at a summer camp―only to butt heads with her co-counselor.Alex is a sheriff's daughter with a less than pristine reputation. When she's caught drinking at a party by her dad’s deputy, she’s in deep trouble. With an already incriminating incident in her past, Alex’s parents ship her off to her aunt’s summer camp to work as a counselor.What's worse than spending your summer deep in the mosquito-infested woods of Texas?Being paired with an obnoxious co-counselor who wants nothing to do with you.Alex is determined to make the best of her summer, even if it means putting up with Grant, who has secrets of his own that he's determined to protect. Can Alex and Grant put their egos to the side and find the bright side of a summer that neither of them signed up for?

Last Chance Summer Details

TitleLast Chance Summer
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 21st, 2020
PublisherSwoon Reads
ISBN-139781250313645
Rating
GenreRomance, Young Adult, Contemporary, Young Adult Romance, Fiction, Young Adult Contemporary

Last Chance Summer Review

  • Nursebookie
    January 1, 1970
    LAST CHANCE SUMMER Shannon KlareThis is my first Shannon Klare book and I enjoyed reading this quick and fun YA Romance with relatable characters that I enjoyed reading about. Alex is the sheriff’s daughter who is struggling with a recent loss of her best friend and difficulties moving on. As a last chance effort, Alex is sent to work as a counselor in her aunt’s summer camp in Texas. There she meets Grant where the attraction and friendship undeniable. I loved the easiness in her writing that h LAST CHANCE SUMMER Shannon KlareThis is my first Shannon Klare book and I enjoyed reading this quick and fun YA Romance with relatable characters that I enjoyed reading about. Alex is the sheriff’s daughter who is struggling with a recent loss of her best friend and difficulties moving on. As a last chance effort, Alex is sent to work as a counselor in her aunt’s summer camp in Texas. There she meets Grant where the attraction and friendship undeniable. I loved the easiness in her writing that had me smiling and laughing rooting for these two as they both help each other moving on with their hurt and past. I recommend this book for a fun YA romance that is a quick and fun read great for a wide range of readers.
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  • Leighellen Landskov
    January 1, 1970
    This is the adorable teeny bopper romance I didn't know I needed. Heeellllloooo high school summer!! This little gem transported me RIGHT back to the summer's of my youth growing up in Ohio. Sneaking out, meeting boys on the golf course. One summer, my best friend Emie Heisey and I set up a tent in the back part of my property. We lived out there ALL SUMMER LONG. Extension chords and sleeping bags. What the heck were my parents thinking?? All I know is it was the best summer of my life and I sti This is the adorable teeny bopper romance I didn't know I needed. Heeellllloooo high school summer!! This little gem transported me RIGHT back to the summer's of my youth growing up in Ohio. Sneaking out, meeting boys on the golf course. One summer, my best friend Emie Heisey and I set up a tent in the back part of my property. We lived out there ALL SUMMER LONG. Extension chords and sleeping bags. What the heck were my parents thinking?? All I know is it was the best summer of my life and I still tell my kids about it 25 years later.This book is about two teens, Alex & Grant, who end up camp counselors at the same camp for troubled kids. Alex is sent to the camp as punishment by her parents in a last ditch effort to help her clean up her act. After a year of therapy didn't help her grief from an accident she was involved in, they hope that a summer of hard labor will do the trick. Grant is also a counselor, but he's there by choice after going through years of being a camper. They immediately butt heads while sparks fly. I love a classic enemy to lovers trope! They both have their own troubled pasts they are hiding from and try to heal by loving on the kids they are there to help and getting to know each other. It is sweet. It is clean. And it's adorable. As a mom, I also love the deeper messages of the dangers of teen drinking and the normalizing of therapy as a healthy form or growth. But the light, witty banter and sweet love story will make the teens enjoy this one. TW: teenage drinking, drunk driving, death of a parent
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  • Wendy
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 - I really liked the setting and the story. I always love summer camp settings. I do wish the relationship between Grant and Alex was more fleshed out because it seemed to jump suddenly from bickering to they're flirting and like each other to they're dating-- what? It seemed choppy. I also wish there had been more time to delve into Alex's issues and more time spent on her and her campers. Overall I did enjoy the story though! It's a good summer read! Full review to come.
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  • Shirley Cuypers
    January 1, 1970
    3.5/5* Original reviewThis book was provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Shannon Klare and Xpresso Book Tours.Last Chance Summer is a standalone Young Adult Contemporary and tells the story of Alex and Grant.Last Chance Summer was the second book I’ve read by Shannon Klare and I really enjoyed it! Last Chance Summer was a quick, and fun read with some relatable characters. It’s hard not to enjoy a good YA Contemporary and I think that Shan 3.5/5* Original reviewThis book was provided by the author through Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Shannon Klare and Xpresso Book Tours.Last Chance Summer is a standalone Young Adult Contemporary and tells the story of Alex and Grant.Last Chance Summer was the second book I’ve read by Shannon Klare and I really enjoyed it! Last Chance Summer was a quick, and fun read with some relatable characters. It’s hard not to enjoy a good YA Contemporary and I think that Shannon Klare did a good job with this book!In the beginning, I had some troubles with liking Alex, but I started to enjoy reading about her the more I read. Grant is a character you cannot not like. I think he’s a good character because he’s there for Alex and he’s just really funny and likes to tease Alex.I really liked the concept of Last Chance Summer. This isn’t just a normal YA Contemporary because it also talks about grief and struggling. I think more books should talk about these topics because they’re really important. Last Chance Summer was a good read and I really enjoyed it!
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  • Krysti
    January 1, 1970
    The perfect summer YA read that will tug at your heart strings while making you swoon. LAST CHANCE SUMMER was such a delight. The main character wasn’t always likable, but she was understandable and so well developed. I was rooting for her the whole way through and watching her progression was so rewarding. I was in tears by the time I was reading the final page. I also loved this author’s debut and hope to see more from her in the very near future.
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    After a few bad decisions and a great tragedy, Alex is given an ultimatum, work at her aunt's camp or give up her college fund. She thought this was her last chance summer, but it ends up being her second chance to live.From the synopsis, I bet you are all thinking this is just some summer romance, and well, it is set in the summer time, and it features a wondrous romance, but it is so much more.Not only did Alex make some bad decisions, she also lost her best friend. Though it was almost a year After a few bad decisions and a great tragedy, Alex is given an ultimatum, work at her aunt's camp or give up her college fund. She thought this was her last chance summer, but it ends up being her second chance to live.From the synopsis, I bet you are all thinking this is just some summer romance, and well, it is set in the summer time, and it features a wondrous romance, but it is so much more.Not only did Alex make some bad decisions, she also lost her best friend. Though it was almost a year since the accident, Alex still struggled with her grief, pain, and guilt. Klare did a wonderful job painting a portrait of someone, who was stuck in their grieving cycle. Alex was bottling up her emotions, and needed a way to release her pain. The camp was the perfect place for this to happen. There, she had the space and the encouragement to start dealing with her emotions and push forward.Don't worry, this is not all super heavy emotions all the time. The story is set in a summer camp, and Klare utilized it well. There is swimming, arts and crafts, smores, and even a mini prank war. And what kind of camp experience would it be without a camp boyfriend.The sparks were flying upon the initial meeting between Alex and Grant, and that attraction manifests in some rather fun banter-filled tiffs. I had a great time watching these two work through their tension, but really delighted in seeing their friendship form and go to the next level. Grant was an important part of Alex's team. He had also experienced profound loss, and could relate to her on that level. He, along with some other members of the camp, were sources of support. They provided the encouragement, ears to listen, and shoulders to cry on, as Alex finally processed her grief. It was lovely seeing them all rally for her, and even better to know she was on the road to recovery.Overall: A beautiful story about picking up the pieces, and finding the strength to move forward. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Fallon
    January 1, 1970
    A touching story of overcoming grief and picking up the pieces again. Forced to focus on others over the summer instead of a bad attitude and one bad decision after the next. Alex is drowning in guilt and grief after her friend died. When she meets Grant he challenges her and gives the attitude right back. He also does not take any of her crap. She is a counselor in the camp and needs to learn to open up herself to have the girls relate to her. This was a well done book on grief with flirty bant A touching story of overcoming grief and picking up the pieces again. Forced to focus on others over the summer instead of a bad attitude and one bad decision after the next. Alex is drowning in guilt and grief after her friend died. When she meets Grant he challenges her and gives the attitude right back. He also does not take any of her crap. She is a counselor in the camp and needs to learn to open up herself to have the girls relate to her. This was a well done book on grief with flirty banter and swoon along the way.
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  • Lenni Jones
    January 1, 1970
    I was extremely disappointed by this book. After reading and loving "Surviving Adam Meade" by this author, I expected so much more from "Last Chance Summer." Unfortunately, the main character was annoying and self-centered. I expected to come to like her, but I didn't. She annoyed me to the end - which wasn't even a satisfying ending. The whole thing felt very anticlimactic. If you're going to read a book by this author, read "Surviving Adam Meade." It was way better.The reason this book got two I was extremely disappointed by this book. After reading and loving "Surviving Adam Meade" by this author, I expected so much more from "Last Chance Summer." Unfortunately, the main character was annoying and self-centered. I expected to come to like her, but I didn't. She annoyed me to the end - which wasn't even a satisfying ending. The whole thing felt very anticlimactic. If you're going to read a book by this author, read "Surviving Adam Meade." It was way better.The reason this book got two stars from me is because Grant became likable. At first, I had been frustrated by him, too. And although he's nowhere close to being one of my favorite love interests, I still liked him better than Alex. I also liked when they went geocaching. It's an activity that I've never understood, but when Gramt explained it, it made so much sense.That's all I had for this review. I don't recommend this book, but I still recommend the author. Sometimes people just have lows in their careers, and this book was it.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Imagine the pressure of being the sheriff's daughter in a small town.Now, imagine that same daughter with a hidden secret so troubling that it's taken years to overcome.Alex had a best friend until a tragic end took her life.She was shipped off to summer camp in hopes of a renewal as camp counselor.Camp is where she meets up with her rival turned friend turned confidante and co- counselor named Grant.Grant also has a troubled past which helps in the ultimate support of each other once they get b Imagine the pressure of being the sheriff's daughter in a small town.Now, imagine that same daughter with a hidden secret so troubling that it's taken years to overcome.Alex had a best friend until a tragic end took her life.She was shipped off to summer camp in hopes of a renewal as camp counselor.Camp is where she meets up with her rival turned friend turned confidante and co- counselor named Grant.Grant also has a troubled past which helps in the ultimate support of each other once they get beyond their differences.I love the way this originated with both fighting their past and healing their wounds.Revisiting the spot where it all happened that one fateful night was so disheartening yet showed the characters growth and maturity.This was truly a wonderful read that I had the pleasure of receiving this gifted copy via the author through Instagram giveaway. I highly recommend this read for all ages!
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  • Jen Ryland
    January 1, 1970
    I typically love books like this, books that I think will be about personal journeys of redemption and self-reflection. But to me this had too much romance (with a strange instalove-to-hate-to-love format) and not enough delving into actual issues. I really wished the story could have been more about Alex's getting to know her campers and coming to terms with her past than 75% her arguing with Grant over whether she is qualified to be a counselor and 15% refusing to talk to her therapist and 5% I typically love books like this, books that I think will be about personal journeys of redemption and self-reflection. But to me this had too much romance (with a strange instalove-to-hate-to-love format) and not enough delving into actual issues. I really wished the story could have been more about Alex's getting to know her campers and coming to terms with her past than 75% her arguing with Grant over whether she is qualified to be a counselor and 15% refusing to talk to her therapist and 5% pranks and 5% actually talking about what happened to her. Sad face. But others have really liked this so that's just me.Read more of my reviews on JenRyland.com! Let's be friends on Bookstagram! Thanks to the publisher for providing an advance copy for review!
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  • Lacy
    January 1, 1970
    I'm still trying to process my thoughts about Last Chance Summer. The writing was fine and the plot was ok. I've spent many of the summers of my life as a camper at a summer camp and then later as a counselor. I'm naturally drawn to stories with a camp setting. I've always believed camp is the perfect place to find yourself and figure things out. In a way, it makes sense, that Alex would start to heal from her grief there. Don't go into this thinking it is only a summer romance. It's so much I'm still trying to process my thoughts about Last Chance Summer. The writing was fine and the plot was ok. I've spent many of the summers of my life as a camper at a summer camp and then later as a counselor. I'm naturally drawn to stories with a camp setting. I've always believed camp is the perfect place to find yourself and figure things out. In a way, it makes sense, that Alex would start to heal from her grief there. Don't go into this thinking it is only a summer romance. It's so much more than that. And it does deal with grief. TRIGGER WARNINGS: (view spoiler)[drinking and driving, death from drinking and driving (hide spoiler)]***Thank you to the author, for sending me a signed review copy!***
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Still grappling with the death of her best friend after a tragic accident, Alex is furious when her parents give her an ultimatum-- work at her aunt's camp for troubled kids, or lose her college fund. Reluctantly choosing the former, she finds herself in charge of a cabin filled with rowdy young teens, and locking horns with her cute but aggravatingly uptight co-counselor, Grant. Is this summer worth keeping her college fund? Furthermore, will Alex ever get closure from the accident? Last Chance Still grappling with the death of her best friend after a tragic accident, Alex is furious when her parents give her an ultimatum-- work at her aunt's camp for troubled kids, or lose her college fund. Reluctantly choosing the former, she finds herself in charge of a cabin filled with rowdy young teens, and locking horns with her cute but aggravatingly uptight co-counselor, Grant. Is this summer worth keeping her college fund? Furthermore, will Alex ever get closure from the accident? Last Chance Summer manages to be both poignant and fun; a wonderful beach read.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Timeless tale of tortured girl meets tortured boy and they fall in love and their love is what enables them to conquer all. Quick and easy summery read. I do wish there had been more relationship development between Alex and her campers. Having attended and worked at a summer camp for many years growing up, I found the entire concept of how this camp operated a little far fetched.
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  • Andi (Andi's ABCs)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 StarsA very quick read. Loved the setting and the story, but it needed to be longer so really delve into everything. Felt things moved a little too quickly for my liking. But all in all a good read.
  • Lindsay Montague
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars***TRIGGER WARNING***drunk driving, death of a loved oneI needed more information. This seemed like the first pass on a story. I felt like I didn’t know these people at all. I would have liked for it to have spanned the whole summer, not just a few weeks. She hits a breakthrough in her recovery and then it skip to the end, That could have been a jumping of point to see her develop across the entire summer. The conversations and dialogue were strong, but dragged on way too long. There co 2.5 stars***TRIGGER WARNING***drunk driving, death of a loved oneI needed more information. This seemed like the first pass on a story. I felt like I didn’t know these people at all. I would have liked for it to have spanned the whole summer, not just a few weeks. She hits a breakthrough in her recovery and then it skip to the end, That could have been a jumping of point to see her develop across the entire summer. The conversations and dialogue were strong, but dragged on way too long. There could have been more room for backstory and descriptions.
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  • Patricia
    January 1, 1970
    This book's setup is good. Pressed into work as a summer counselor at a camp for troubled youth, Alex is attracted too and repelled by Grant, her co-counselor. What it lacked was a rich back story. *Who was Marcus and what was their relationship like?*What about flashbacks with her friend?*Why did her aunt think she could handle being a counselor?Without a window into Alex's past, we're adrift and left with Grant saying too many times, "You're not qualified!" (Which she totally wasn't!)
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  • Belle Ellrich
    January 1, 1970
    *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC BY THE AUTHOR IN RETURN FOR MY HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION*Having been a fan of Shannon Klare's Surviving Adam Meade, I was sure that I would end up loving this book. I'm really disappointed and upset to say, that wasn't the case.Opening this book, there were a lot of things I was able to pick out immediately.Firstly, the writing was choppy. The transition between scenes and chapters just didn't feel natural, and it made it difficult to follow al *I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL ARC BY THE AUTHOR IN RETURN FOR MY HONEST REVIEW. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION*Having been a fan of Shannon Klare's Surviving Adam Meade, I was sure that I would end up loving this book. I'm really disappointed and upset to say, that wasn't the case.Opening this book, there were a lot of things I was able to pick out immediately.Firstly, the writing was choppy. The transition between scenes and chapters just didn't feel natural, and it made it difficult to follow along with. In Klare's last book, I didn't experience that at all! So, I was really sad to see that happen in this one.Next, Alex as a character is entirely too dislike-able. I don't normally "hate" on characters, but it was almost too easy to do so! Beginning this book, Alex and her friend started making fun of their other friend for how she did her makeup routine. One rule I have, for myself, while reading books is that, if I find a scene like this, I stop reading immediately. And I wish I would've stopped there, but I didn't. I kept going, and I found MORE things to dislike about Alex.The way she talks and acts is entirely irresponsible and without conscious. She claims she "has" to go to a party, all just because she has an appearance to keep up. And here I thought we were past this phase in YA books. After that happened, Alex then continued to allow her friend to drive while intoxicated, which then resulted in said friend's death.After this occurs and time passes, Alex and her mom are on stiff terms. The way she acts towards her mom is really hard to believe. She's constantly talking to her like she's a piece of paper on the floor. If I were to ever do that with my mom, y'all would never hear from me again. I'd have been BURIED ALIVE for talking like that! It's really not something we should continue to be instilling in YA books.There was more that I didn't like from this book, but I'm capping it there for myself. Honestly, I was really let down. I got super excited for this book, and all I've been left with is a chest cavity to fill. For that, I rate this book 1 star. I really hope that Klare's next book shows some improvement after this.
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  • Chelsea
    January 1, 1970
    thank you to NetGalley and the published for a free copy in exchange for an honest review This was a quick and easy read about Alex, a girl dealing with a tragedy and a few mistakes, who is given an ultimatum and shipped off to a summer camp to counsel troubled youth. She thinks she has to just endure the summer, but ends up finding forgiveness and love in the process. I enjoyed this book, a quick read with likeable characters. Grant was adorable and I appreciated his graciousness with Alex, to thank you to NetGalley and the published for a free copy in exchange for an honest review This was a quick and easy read about Alex, a girl dealing with a tragedy and a few mistakes, who is given an ultimatum and shipped off to a summer camp to counsel troubled youth. She thinks she has to just endure the summer, but ends up finding forgiveness and love in the process. I enjoyed this book, a quick read with likeable characters. Grant was adorable and I appreciated his graciousness with Alex, to help her forgive herself and move forward. I loved the summer camp aspect; as someone who ran a summer camp for 4 years, I felt a deep connection with the location and scenery of this story. I feel like I wanted this story to go just a bit deeper. The ending felt a bit rushed, and I feel like I didn't get to emotionally bond with Grant and Alex as much as I wanted to, that it just skimmed the surface of what was going on in each character. And I wanted more romance! But I do love a good happy for now ending, and I appreciated that the author wrapped everything up with a tidy bow. I would recommend this book for a quick, easy YA read about second chances and young love.
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  • T.H. Hernandez
    January 1, 1970
    Eighteen-year-old Alex has an attitude bigger than the sun and entitlement issues to give even the most spoiled child a run for their money. The daughter of the town sheriff, she seems to have spent her life breaking the rules for no other reason than she didn’t like them. The only child of two loving parents, she doesn’t really have much to rebel against, except she discovered being a rebel in her small Louisiana town made her more popular, so rebel she did. Until the fateful night in the autum Eighteen-year-old Alex has an attitude bigger than the sun and entitlement issues to give even the most spoiled child a run for their money. The daughter of the town sheriff, she seems to have spent her life breaking the rules for no other reason than she didn’t like them. The only child of two loving parents, she doesn’t really have much to rebel against, except she discovered being a rebel in her small Louisiana town made her more popular, so rebel she did. Until the fateful night in the autumn of her senior year when she, daughter of a law enforcement officer, got into a car with her best friend, who was drunk, and allowed said girl to drive. She’s forced to live with the tragedy of that night, still suffering PSTD as well as the loss of her BFF, though she doesn’t acknowledge her role in it to the extent I believe she should. After spending most of her senior year in rehab after the accident took a toll on both her body and spirit, she’ll be repeating her final year of high school. But first, she’s shipped off to be camp counselor at a summer camp for troubled youth. This should be the wakeup call she needs to see how good her life was until that night, but she wears a giant chip on her shoulder like a badge of honor.She gets a crash course in what it’s like to deal with her when she comes face-to-face with five fourteen-year-old girls who give her a run for her money when it comes to attitude. But unlike Alex, their lives and attitudes are shaped by vastly different circumstances. These little rebels have a valid cause for their rebellion. As Alex learns how to wrangle them, she’s kept off her toes by her hot counterpart, Grant. He won’t take any of her crap, but he’s really good at dishing it out. A former camper himself, he has his own secrets and dark past. While the attraction between them is evident from the beginning, Grant isn’t like most guys Alex deals with; he doesn’t find her smart mouth or antics endearing. The more they spar, the more they learn about each other, and Alex finally comes to realize that everyone has issues and hers aren’t any more important than anyone else’s.PlotThe primary plot is Alex dealing with her issues and growing up, becoming less self-absorbed, but the romance between her and Grant is a strong subplot. The story moves at a steady pace, but where it really shines is the witty dialogue. From the playful banter between Alex and Grant and the snarky dialogue between Alex and her surly campers, the conversations make this otherwise run-of-the-mill summer romance really sparkle.The CharactersThe characters are fascinating, if not all incredibly relatable or even likable. In fact, it took me a good 75% of the book to warm up to Alex. But no one is untouched by trauma of some sort that has shaped their complex natures. From the sassy campers to Grant and Alex, no one is unscathed by their pasts and they all harbor scars that manifest in different ways. But each one is resilient in their own way, and uncovering the secrets that shaped them is what makes this book work.Top Five Things I Enjoyed About LAST CHANCE SUMMER1. Consequences. I may not like Alex for most of the book, but she’s never given a pass. The consequences for her behavior are harsh, deservedly so. The author doesn’t baby her, which is refreshing.2. Grant. I love that he won’t take any of Alex’s bull. Sometimes I wonder why he’s attracted to her, but at no point does he allow her to get away with anything simply because he’s attracted to her. He has his own self-preservation motives for much of what he does.3. Pranks. Summer camp pranks provided some much-needed lighter moments.4. Redemption Arcs. I do love a good redemption arc and Alex has a great one.5. Brie. She’s the most difficult of the campers, but her spirit and spunk were inspiring.Bottom LineA fun young adult contemporary with stellar dialogue and fascinating characters.
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  • Colleen
    January 1, 1970
    I am SHOCKED by the low ratings for this book. It is fantastic. So well written.The biggest complaints I saw were wishing Alex connected more with her campers (Y'all. She literally couldn't connect with pretty much anyone because of what she was dealing with. If the book went further into the summer, I'm sure we would've seen a difference in their relationships.) and her not being likable (well, I think she'd agree. Again, she's dealing with not just guilt but BLAME. That's huge for a 17? year o I am SHOCKED by the low ratings for this book. It is fantastic. So well written.The biggest complaints I saw were wishing Alex connected more with her campers (Y'all. She literally couldn't connect with pretty much anyone because of what she was dealing with. If the book went further into the summer, I'm sure we would've seen a difference in their relationships.) and her not being likable (well, I think she'd agree. Again, she's dealing with not just guilt but BLAME. That's huge for a 17? year old to deal with. Alex was complex, messed up, and struggling. And oh man, you can't just help but FEEL for her, even if you can't identity with her. Ms. Klare did a fantastic job writing this character.Really the biggest draw was Grant. Book boyfriends are always wonderfully perfect, but some are just better than others. Grant is better than others. He's not just handsome and confident and witty, he continues to go toe-to-toe with Alex throughout the whole book. This was so... refreshing? Great? I don't know, but I absolutely loved it. How many YA books do you read where the leading man steps back when the main character has a mental freak out about their romance? Oh, it's so sweet; he's giving her space. Yeah, yeah. It has its place. Not in Ms. Klare's novel. Oh no. Grant was perfection when Alex pulled away and he REFUSED to allow her to. She had a right to pull away, but she had to learn that other people were affected by her decisions and he was determined to get out what he wanted to say. And it was just so... great. Because it was completely in character. And completely realistic. Alex could run from her ghosts easily because they couldn't talk; Grant could. It's a quick and easy read, despite the heavy nature and topics. The backgrounds are weaved in through the story so well, not to mention you'll kick flipping the page because you want to know Grant's story. 100% without hesitation would I recommend this book to anyone, girlfriends, students, etc. Actually, I can't wait to reread this one. Alcohol is obviously mentioned with underage drinking and driving. There are a few swear words, but other that a "clean" novel.
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  • Amelia Sandoval
    January 1, 1970
    Just like Surviving Adam Mead, I completely inhaled Last Chance Summer and stayed up to the wee hours of the morning reading it. Shannon Klare brought a unique setting to this novel with trouble teenagers, summer camp and an unexpected relationship. Our main protagonist Alex is the sheriff’s daughter. Trying desperately to break away from the automatic mold, she’s been put in by her peers, Alex made a few mistakes and is currently under “house arrest” by her parents. Tragic happens when she deci Just like Surviving Adam Mead, I completely inhaled Last Chance Summer and stayed up to the wee hours of the morning reading it. Shannon Klare brought a unique setting to this novel with trouble teenagers, summer camp and an unexpected relationship. Our main protagonist Alex is the sheriff’s daughter. Trying desperately to break away from the automatic mold, she’s been put in by her peers, Alex made a few mistakes and is currently under “house arrest” by her parents. Tragic happens when she decided to sneak out with her best friend Nikki, to a party held on the outskirts of town. I did not expect an event like this to happen. So right away I taken back and felt grief on her behalf.Fast forwarding a few months, Alex was given an ultimatum by her parents, repeat her senior year at boarding school or working in summer camp for troubled youth that is ran by her aunt. Choosing summer camp, Alex is put in a camp counselor position. Having no experience at all, she’s teamed up with camp counselor supreme Grant. It wasn’t love at first sight; they weren’t even friends the first day. Their relationship was filled never ending sarcasm, bickering and border lining flirtation. Grant irritated me at first. For someone who knew first hand about troubled youth, he sure wasn’t friendly and a little on the abrasive side with Alex. Thankfully, Alex held her own ground with fast, witty responses. The girl was quick on her feet. I truly enjoyed their growth throughout this book. Both individual and together. They made a great team once the walls had crumbled. I loved that the majority of this book took place at a summer camp for troubled youth. The girls in Alex’s cabin were written very well with their lango, personalities and description. I liked that it shed some light on a troubled youth in general. Shannon Klare took a new approach on the typical summer camp romance and made it very relatable. I can’t wait to add this to my library’s collection. Thank you NetGalley for the ARC!
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Stars - Last Chance Summer was a fun YA romance where we follow Alex who has recently gotten into some trouble as well as recovering from an accident. Her parents decide that since she failed her senior year that before she starts it over she is going to spend the summer as a camp counselor at her Aunt's camp in Texas. Alex who is still dealing with the guilt and trauma from her accident the previous fall does not want to be there and is making things a little difficult for her co-counselor 3.5 Stars - Last Chance Summer was a fun YA romance where we follow Alex who has recently gotten into some trouble as well as recovering from an accident. Her parents decide that since she failed her senior year that before she starts it over she is going to spend the summer as a camp counselor at her Aunt's camp in Texas. Alex who is still dealing with the guilt and trauma from her accident the previous fall does not want to be there and is making things a little difficult for her co-counselor Grant. I really enjoyed following Alex as she learned to trust others around her all while trying to deal with her accident. I really enjoyed the banter between Alex and Grant and their relationship was fun to see grow, it wasn't quite enemies to lovers but it was close. My one real complaint was that I felt it was too short. In the beginning there are references to a person and an accident that Alex was involved in and she had some strong feelings about this person but it is never explained at all. I felt that having that information could have helped understand Alex's character a little more. I also wanted some more from Grant because I really liked his character. Over all it was a fun read and I will be picking more up from this author in the future.
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  • Janelle Hackbarth
    January 1, 1970
    After reading the summary/plot of this book back in early August 2018, I immediately put it onto my to-be-read list. Back in mid February 2020, I was able to receive an ARC of it and after just the first few chapters, I IMMEDIATELY fell in love with the book.Just like the summary/plot says, Alex gets in trouble one summer with a devastating and surprising consequence (no spoilers!) and shuts herself off from people. By the next summer, her parents try to help her by sending her from their Louisi After reading the summary/plot of this book back in early August 2018, I immediately put it onto my to-be-read list. Back in mid February 2020, I was able to receive an ARC of it and after just the first few chapters, I IMMEDIATELY fell in love with the book.Just like the summary/plot says, Alex gets in trouble one summer with a devastating and surprising consequence (no spoilers!) and shuts herself off from people. By the next summer, her parents try to help her by sending her from their Louisiana home to a Texas camp run by her mother's sister, Lorraine. There, she's paired up with co-counselor Grant, who has a shady past of his own. She's put in charge of four young teen girls: Jess, Steph, Jules, and Brie, who test her patience as a counselor. She also struggles to open up to people.I felt like I couldn't put the book down. I would have read it sooner, but I had a lot of personal change in my life. With all I've been going through this year, this is exactly the type of book I needed. And the title fits the story.If you're in the mood for a summer camp YA romance, don't miss your "Last Chance" to pick up this book. You won't regret it.
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  • Meg
    January 1, 1970
    Last Chance Summer by Shannon Klare is a sweet YA romance novel about a girl named Alex, who is traumatized after the death of her best friend. A year later, Alex's parents decide to send her to work at her Aunt's camp in hopes that it will help Alex work through her feelings of her best friend's death. This is not a typical summer camp, but instead, it is a summer camp for troubled youth. Camp and getting used to her surroundings is a challenge that Alex needs to meet head-on as is the challeng Last Chance Summer by Shannon Klare is a sweet YA romance novel about a girl named Alex, who is traumatized after the death of her best friend. A year later, Alex's parents decide to send her to work at her Aunt's camp in hopes that it will help Alex work through her feelings of her best friend's death. This is not a typical summer camp, but instead, it is a summer camp for troubled youth. Camp and getting used to her surroundings is a challenge that Alex needs to meet head-on as is the challenge of working with her male counterpart, Grant. Grant is the most trusted counselor at camp, but unfortunately, he does not seem to like Alex at first. He believes that she is an ineffective counselor and will only lead her campers to get hurt. As time goes on, the reader will see how Grant and Alex's friendship changes into romance and how Alex deal with the loss of her friend through working at this camp.As a life long camp counselor, this book made me smile, thinking of my summer adventures and the feelings brought up by camp. Fans of Klare's other novel will also enjoy this novel. Thank you to Netgalley for this arc!
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  • Emily ~ breatheeasybooks
    January 1, 1970
    TW: underage drinking, drunk driving and it’s consequences, grief and self-blameThis book ended up being more than just an angsty summer camp romance that I was expecting it to be! Klare packed in so much grief and emotion that you can’t come out at the end without feeling exhausted. I felt the character’s raw pain and grief as if it were my own and the growth and acceptance and love that they found was so healing and realistic. I really appreciate how the author handled the MC’s healing process TW: underage drinking, drunk driving and it’s consequences, grief and self-blameThis book ended up being more than just an angsty summer camp romance that I was expecting it to be! Klare packed in so much grief and emotion that you can’t come out at the end without feeling exhausted. I felt the character’s raw pain and grief as if it were my own and the growth and acceptance and love that they found was so healing and realistic. I really appreciate how the author handled the MC’s healing process and didn’t treat it as an overnight fix was she’d accepted her feelings. She found acceptance and the help she needed and was open to the journey she had ahead of her. Love didn’t cure her but it gave her the ability to accept and forgive herself. Therapy positive and showing the strength you can find in people who have been through similar experiences to your own the author shows the reader sometimes we just can’t do it on our help and that it’s ok to ask for help.Although I like how the book ended, my only issue is that I wish the ending had been a little bit longer. An extra chapter or two giving the MC (and by extension the reader) a little more closure I think could’ve been beneficial to the story but overall the ending showed her on her road to recovery and that that road is paved in hope and ultimately that is enough.Special thank you to NetGalley, Macmillan, and Shannon Klare for sending me an eARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Alexa Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Last Chance SummerBy Shannon KlareAlex sneaks out of her house one night to go to a party even though she is grounded. She experiences a life changing tragedy that leaves her angry and guilty with no one that understands her pain. When her parents cannot get her to open up and grieve, they send her to her aunt’s summer camp to work as a camp counselor. Here Alex meets Grant, the handsome ideal summer camp counselor. Grant and Alexa are stuck with eachother as co-counselors and while they get on Last Chance SummerBy Shannon KlareAlex sneaks out of her house one night to go to a party even though she is grounded. She experiences a life changing tragedy that leaves her angry and guilty with no one that understands her pain. When her parents cannot get her to open up and grieve, they send her to her aunt’s summer camp to work as a camp counselor. Here Alex meets Grant, the handsome ideal summer camp counselor. Grant and Alexa are stuck with eachother as co-counselors and while they get on each others nerves they have instant chemistry. This book provides a healthy dose of adorable sarcastic banter. At this summer camp deep in the woods of Texas Alex works to gain the trust and respect of her Cabin Two girls, and learns that everyone is going through something and without others to help take some of the load you will never recover.This is a sweet and sad tale that moves along quickly but also has you rooting for the characters early on. Last Chance Summer is a true romance with more sweetness than sadness.4/5 starsThank you Edelweiss and Swoon Readers for this Advanced eGalley
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  • John Clark
    January 1, 1970
    Alex was already on a short leash when her best friend twisted her arm to sneak out and go to a party in the woods. Instead of a fun time, things went terribly wrong and after failing her year at school, her desperate parents gave her a choice: Go to rural Texas to her aunt's camp, go to boarding school, or lose her college funds. Kicking and screaming, she ends up with her aunt, only to discover she'll be a counselor for troubled younger teens. The first person she meets is Grant who's there as Alex was already on a short leash when her best friend twisted her arm to sneak out and go to a party in the woods. Instead of a fun time, things went terribly wrong and after failing her year at school, her desperate parents gave her a choice: Go to rural Texas to her aunt's camp, go to boarding school, or lose her college funds. Kicking and screaming, she ends up with her aunt, only to discover she'll be a counselor for troubled younger teens. The first person she meets is Grant who's there as a counselor as well, but has a history with the camp. While they start off like a cat and a dog, hackles raised, the longer they know each other, the more each gets under the other's skin. The worst fear Alex has keeps her from believing anyone who learns what happened that sent her into her tailspin won't reject her. Fortunately, the demons in her mind and the overwhelming sense of guilt she struggles with aren't as unique as she might believe. Read the book and discover how she comes to a new realization. It's a very satisfying story.
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  • Oreoluwa
    January 1, 1970
    This book is my first read from Shannon Klare and it definitely won’t be the last. I got sucked into this book on the first page.It’s the story of Alex who had gone through tragedy and had a hard time keeping up with the terrible phases as well as bottling up her emotions. It’s the story of grief while being “easy” on the surface level.I liked the writing style of this book and how it was so easy to get into and read but I didn’t care much for the characters especially the campers Alex was couns This book is my first read from Shannon Klare and it definitely won’t be the last. I got sucked into this book on the first page.It’s the story of Alex who had gone through tragedy and had a hard time keeping up with the terrible phases as well as bottling up her emotions. It’s the story of grief while being “easy” on the surface level.I liked the writing style of this book and how it was so easy to get into and read but I didn’t care much for the characters especially the campers Alex was counsellor for. However, I love how Alex was given space to grown and feel and understand herself better. It was beautiful to read.It is a sweet and quick read while having deep undertones of grief, becoming and finding oneself again, so if this is something you are looking for, you will enjoy this book.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This was a good YA romance dealing with grief and the journey through it. Alex faces a trauma and she has been falling to pieces since the incident. Her parents decide to send her to the camp her aunt runs in Texas to work as a counselor and attempt to get started on the path to recovery. At camp Alex meets Grant, a rock star of a counselor, who makes her feel things she hasn't felt in a while. Her experiences dealing with her trouble campers helps her to move forward, even as she tries to fight This was a good YA romance dealing with grief and the journey through it. Alex faces a trauma and she has been falling to pieces since the incident. Her parents decide to send her to the camp her aunt runs in Texas to work as a counselor and attempt to get started on the path to recovery. At camp Alex meets Grant, a rock star of a counselor, who makes her feel things she hasn't felt in a while. Her experiences dealing with her trouble campers helps her to move forward, even as she tries to fight the emotions that are bubbling to the surface. Well written, this is a good quick read about how finding love and support where you least expect it can help you to move forward. Thanks netgalley for this arc in exchange for my honest opinion.
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  • Sandy O'Brien
    January 1, 1970
    “... maybe you should quit trying to save me and let me save myself.”Alex is a sheriff’s daughter from a small town in Louisiana. One night while grounded she sneaks out with her best friend to attend a party that ends in a life-changing accident. Her parents send her to her aunts camp in Texas to help her work through her challenges she’s facing. Her co-counselor is Grant, dreamy, arrogant, but also just who she needed to meet at this moment in life.Last Chance Summer tells of Alex’s journey of “... maybe you should quit trying to save me and let me save myself.”Alex is a sheriff’s daughter from a small town in Louisiana. One night while grounded she sneaks out with her best friend to attend a party that ends in a life-changing accident. Her parents send her to her aunts camp in Texas to help her work through her challenges she’s facing. Her co-counselor is Grant, dreamy, arrogant, but also just who she needed to meet at this moment in life.Last Chance Summer tells of Alex’s journey of discovery as she works through a tragedy that has changed her life.It reminded me a lot of the YA book Wild Bird except it has a blooming romance that you can’t help but room for. I know that it will fly off the shelves of my classroom library.
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