I really wanted to love this book. The premise seems interesting enough. Flora is forced to go on a camping trip with her family, instead of going on her dream trip to Europe with her best friends. She doesn’t have high hopes for the trip until she meets Mick and his caravan of family. Sounds like this story has a lot of potential, right?
The first thing that bothered me about this book was the unnecessary use of offensive language, like “hillbilly” and “retard.” It’s a choice to include words like this and it is not a wise one. Secondly, Flora and Mick fell in “love” way too fast. It at times came across as more creepy, than sweet. More obsession, than love. Thirdly, Flora’s misadventure near the end of the book was ridiculous and came out of nowhere. I won’t spoil what it was, but it seemed out of place with the rest of the story.
Also, there wasn’t any real character growth. For a character driven story, Flora stayed the same naive, stubborn character she was throughout the book without any notable development.
On a good note, I did laugh out loud more than once while reading this. Now, I am wondering if I was laughing at the book, instead of with it.
This book was a quick read, but I would rather spend my time with a better story. There is a follow-up book, but I have no interest in reading it.
I would give this book 2 out of 5 stars for the laughs it gave me and the potential the story had.
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