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[A quick note: Iโ€™ve been holding on to this book for about a year, waiting for the perfect moment to read it. I wanted something specifically for PRIDE month and this was perfect! And not only that, itโ€™s got all the summer vibes for getting into summer. A great double-whammy of awesomeness, no?]


โ€œ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ป๐˜†, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—œ ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—น๐—น ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐˜‚๐—ฝ, ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด. ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ด๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฑ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐˜€, ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—บ๐—ฒ. ๐—›๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—œ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น. ๐—”๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ต๐—ฒโ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜โ€”๐—ถ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ท๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐˜€, ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—น๐—ฑ. ๐—œ๐˜โ€™๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ผ ๐˜„๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ.โ€โ€”Lev A.C. Rosen

Summer camp this year will be different. Why? Because this is the year Randy will make Hudson fall in love with him. Heโ€™s got a plan, even if it means giving up nail polish and theater. He comes transformed as โ€œDel,โ€ a masculine guy on the market. After years of pining over the cute boy, heโ€™s ready to do something about it.

This queer read was everything I needed to get in the summer spirit. With its summer-camp-theater-kids, the romance, and the snarky humor, I was LOLโ€™ing, I was smiling, and I was having oh-so-much-fun. The summer camp setting transported me. I never got to attend summer camp as a teen, so this was a stand in. I felt like I was there!

While this was a very different read from my usual, I wanted something for Pride Month and this was PERFECT. The characters were so real. The dialogue was GREAT. It feltโ€ฆauthentic. It was so good that I felt like I was friends with all the characters. I loved that. It was also eye-opening. As a straight, cisgendered person, I donโ€™t know first-hand what the struggles of queer people are. Reading about these struggles really help me better see the way the world can be mean, judge mental, and hurtful. My heart hurt for some of the experiences these fictional characters had to put up with.

This was absolutely a character driven story of growth and change. Randyโ€™s character arc was powerful. You should never have to give up a piece of your identity to convince someone to fall in love with you. He learns this the hard way. But itโ€™s such a fulfilling lesson. And Hudsonโ€™s character arc is transformative too.

And of course, the romance was adorable! I loved seeing Randy and Hudson fall in love. I really enjoyed watching the way Randy challenged Hudson to be true to himself. Hudson was able to be his best self around Randy.

If youโ€™re looking for something that has perfect summer vibes, romance, and character growth, this one is perfect! Youโ€™ll have as much fun as I did. It was wholesome and light-hearted and made me laugh. Definitely recommended. ๐Œ๐˜ ๐‘๐€๐“๐ˆ๐๐†: ๐Ÿ’/๐Ÿ“โญ๏ธ

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