by Claire Kennedy
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Publication Date: June 16th 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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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. (Goodreads)
The characters in the book were interesting, and each for different reasons. I do wish that they had been fleshed out a bit more, as I feel like I didn’t get a chance to really connect with any of them. But, since this was such a short read that was to be expected. I did enjoy that the story was told from the different characters points of view. That is always a great way to get more information, and it was fun to experience each character’s different adventure.
The storyline for the book was really fun at times, and pretty easy to follow for the most part. There were some things in the book that were a bit confusing, but otherwise it was a pretty fun storyline. I really liked the game, “Tips”, which the characters played in the story. Some of the dares were really funny, especially one in particular that really had me rolling. Some of the characters deal with some really serious issues throughout the story as well, and it was interesting to see how the characters work through these issues, most of the time with the help from their friends.
Overall; After Hours was a really quick, fun read. While it doesn’t really get in depth enough to get to know the characters very well, it was an enjoyable read to pass the time.