THE MATCHBREAKER SUMMER
Author: Annie Rains
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Publishing Date: April 5th, 2022
A pitch-perfect summer camp rom-com about two teens with nothing in common who come together to help break up a romance and unexpectedly start one of their own
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?
USA Today bestselling author Annie Rains lives in a small, coastal North Carolina town, full of lovable folks, scenic downtown areas, and breathtaking nature—similar to the towns she writes about in her books. Annie’s love of reading and writing grabbed hold of her at a young age and never let go. Her first 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, taking long walks while plotting her characters’ happy endings, and living out her own happily ever after with her husband, three children, feisty rescue cat, and mischievous dog.
Thank you to NetGalley, Underlined and TBR and Beyond Tours for providing me with an ARC to review. You can check out the other posts on the tour here.
This was a cute, summery romance, but honestly, there was nothing that special about it. The novel’s great if you’re just looking for a Young Adult Contemporary Romance, and you just want to read something comfortable.
Let’s get into the detailed review:
The plot was sweet, and fun, but I do think it’s misbranded as slow burn and enemies-to-lovers. Paisley and Hayden get together quite early in the book, and there’s no enemies-to-lovers buildup? That’s what bugged me the most. The upside was the camp setting- I found that really fun and well-executed! In fact, it might be the best thing about the book!
Honestly, they were bland. I just feel that the author was still trying to get into the skin of Paisley till the first half, because we don’t really get to know much about her except that she loves camp. Like that’s shown to be her entire personality.
Hayden could also have been given more depth. He was also supposed to give bad boy vibes, but he just didn’t- just the fact that he was a rule breaker was brought up every chapter, and that was supposed to justify his bad boy vibes.
The character who was given the most depth was Nora, but she was super annoying, especially in the first half.
For some reason, none of the characters struck me as sixteen-year-old, more like fourteen, I’d say.
This is actually the entire problem with the book. Everything had potential- the book had great potential, but this is where it fell flat. I am someone who relies a bit too much on the writing style, so I was sorry to be disappointed!
The book had potential with all the tropes of problematic families, enemies to lovers, slow burn etc., but it just wasn’t well written.
It’s a great book to read when you’re stressed, though- it’s easy to get through.
The three star rating’s due to the fact that I loved the setting, and the fact that I didn’t actively hate the book or love it- it just exists for me.
- “I guess I’m kind of like that song sparrow. I don’t stand out.”
“You stand out to me.”
- ‘The first kiss was a sky full of stars. The second one was an entire universe.’
- ‘Sometimes being alone is better than getting close to people who will just end up rejecting you anyway.’
Will you be reading this book? Have you already? Let me know in the comments!