I received an electronic review copy from Simon Pulse via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts present in this review are strictly my own. This book comes out on June 16, 2015, so if it sounds interesting to you, check it out!
Author: Claire Kennedy
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: YA Contemporary
Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn know that a job at the high-end Waterside Cafe isn’t just about waiting tables. It’s about the gossip, the hook-ups, the after-hours parties and, most of all, it’s about Tips.
Tips–the high-stakes game based on dares. Whoever completes the most dares wins the collected money. A sum that could change a wasted summer into a Summer to Remember.
Isa is the new girl with an embarrassing secret, and as long as she stays on top of her game, she sees no reason why anyone could ever find out.
Xavi will do anything for the money…absolutely anything.
Peter, Xavi’s stepbrother, has been in love with her for years, and he thinks the game is the perfect time to confess his feelings.
Finn is in the game just for the thrill. He has enough tips coming in to keep him happy…even if those tips come with some conditions.
From seduction to stealing to threats, the dares are a complete free-for-all, and only the best can win.
The sophisticated Waterside Cafe is anything but classy behind the scenes…and things are about to get dirty.
This book has a really interesting premise, and Claire Kennedy does a really fantastic job executing it. Tips was a really cool idea, and I liked the way the dares were executed. The storyline definitely went in a direction I wasn’t expecting, which I loved! The main reason this book didn’t receive more than three stars was because of the characters, and I’m about to expand on that below!
So let’s start with the two characters I did like! Peter and Xavi were so great, and the way they were developed made me love them more and more as the story progressed. They were extremely likable, and hearing their perspective on the events of the story were fantastic! Then we have Finn, who I’m really split on. Although I don’t agree with some of the things he does, for the most part I liked him, and his character development was spot on! Now to the character I did not like. I felt like Isa was never fleshed out as well as she could have been. To be honest, she kind of annoyed me, and I felt like she was nothing like what I wanted/expected her to be. I want there to be a sequel because I feel like I could enjoy all the character more if I saw more of them.
All in all this book was pretty good. It was interesting, and the storyline definitely draws you in and is a fantastic summery read! Let me know in the comments down below how you felt about this book if you’ve read it!