The Matchbreaker Summer

Random/Underlined. Apr. 2022. 288p. pap. $9.99. ISBN 9780593481554.
Gr 7 Up–Sixteen-year-old Paisley Manning (white) has been attending her parents’ Camp Starling since she was little, but since her father passed away four years ago, her mom has mainly run it alone. Days before her first day as a camp counselor, her mom breaks the news that this will be their last year at camp because she has decided to sell it. Paisley is devastated when she’s also informed that her mom’s boyfriend’s mother is sick, so they will all be moving to Wyoming soon to care for her. Feeling gloomy on her first day at camp, Paisley runs into Hayden Bennett (white), a cute boy who has a reputation at school for getting into trouble. Paisley has always been a rule-follower, but she and Hayden make a plan to break up her mother’s relationship in the hope of avoiding the move. This is a sweet coming-of-age story about a girl who unexpectedly finds romance while also facing major life changes. In addition, it explores the dynamics of mother/daughter relationships and high school friendships.
VERDICT This teen rom-com by contemporary romance author Rains is perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins and younger YA readers.

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