Sixteen-year-old Paisley Manning has been attending Camp Seabrook since she was a little girl, when her parents ran it together. For the last few years, since her father’s death, she’s been the one helping her mom run the camp behind the scenes. This year, however, will be Camp Seabrook’s last hurrah because Paisley’s mom has met a guy online and they’re getting married.
Enter Hayden Bennett, who is working alongside Paisley. Paisley and Hayden are like oil and water. She follows the rules, and he seems to live to break them all. But when Hayden catches wind of Paisley’s predicament, he has an idea. If a matchmaker in some computer algorithm caused the issue, a couple of real-life matchbreakers can fix it.
As they work to break up the happy couple, Paisley discovers that maybe Hayden’s not so bad after all. Has she met her own perfect match in her fellow matchbreaker?
Title: The Matchbreaker Summer
Author: Annie Rains
Publication Date: April 5, 2022
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary
This book was a nice ode to summer camps, change, and all the rollercoaster feelings that come with first loves.
I am a sucker for any book that takes place at a summer camp which is why I knew I had to read this book before I really even knew what it was about. Then, once I did read the description, I knew I wanted to read it because who doesn’t want to read a book about a girl who wants to break up her mom and her mom’s boyfriend.
Paisley, our main character, is completely dedicated to Camp Starling and equally as dedicated to making sure her mom doesn’t ruin everything by staying with her boyfriend, Dave. I loved that Paisley had an interest/hobby that was different than the typical YA main character. She was really into birds and very knowledgeable about them. She was also the quiet friend of the friend group so seeing her progression from “quiet girl” to who she is at the end is really nice.
Hayden, our love interest, was a really sweet character. He kinda gets thrown into the whole camp thing last minute and is really adorable about the whole situation. He makes one mistake at the beginning and then is just this perfect human for the rest of the book. Sweet, sweet Hayden.
Also, as I mentioned, having this plot take place in a supremely summer location was just the best. I could practically hear the crickets chirping and smell the lake water as I read this book.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. It’s relatable for adults and teens alike as it speaks of first love and the ever-dreaded change that must come to everyone in their lives.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
USA Todaybestselling author Annie Rains lives in a small, coastal North Carolina town, full of lovablefolks, scenic downtown areas, and breathtaking nature—similar to the towns she writes about in herbooks. Annie’s love of reading and writing grabbed hold of her at a young age and never let go. Herfirst book was published in 2015, and she’s been writing heartfelt, page-turning stories ever since.When Annie isn’t writing, she’s reading from her never-ending TBR stack on her bedside table, takinglong walks while plotting her characters’ happy endings, and living out her own happily ever afterwith her husband, three children, feisty rescue cat, and mischievous dog.