Book Review: After Hours by Claire Kennedy

After Hours
Author: Claire Kennedy
Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary
Released: June 16th 2015
Review Source: Simon Pulse


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.

After Hours is a fun book. I enjoyed reading this story and I did like the characters but mostly, I loved the game!

This story is divided by four POVs, which sometimes I did get confused, but overall it was nice to get to know each individually. These characters all share the passion of playing a game call “Tips”. In which they all would put a percentage of their wage into the kitty and later complete a dare to win the money. Some of the dares were cheesy, but there is one I liked the most - obviously some were not too legal.

Each of these four characters are dealing with issues and we all see how they overcome some of these. Xavi is the hardworking girl trying to leave the town. She has big dreams but unlike her co-workers she is not allowed to be a waitress due to underage. Then there is Finn, he is into shady business. The poor guy is trying his best not to get caught. Then there is Isa. The girl that doesn’t want anyone knowing she is a beauty pageant. Lastly there is Peter - the boy who has a major crush, no, he is in love with his sister - JK - step-sister. These four will make you laugh here and there. Life isn’t easy for these four but they are making the best of it.

After Hours will make you want to play Tips. It’s a fun game! And you win money. WIN WIN! It was such an easy read and it would be perfect for a beach read. Just have fun with this one.

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