[Review] After Hours by Claire Kennedy

after hours Title: After Hours
Author: Claire Kennedy
Publication: June 16th 2015 by Simon Pulse
Genre: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: ARC

 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.

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My thoughts: (may contain spoilers)

(I was sent a review copy of this book from Simon & Schuster in exchange for an honest review.)

Well, that was weird…

Reading this book was entertaining, but there was just so many boring parts, leaving me undecided if I should like it or not. This book has a lot of point-of-views, namely Isa’s, Xavi’s, Peter’s and Finn’s. I enjoyed their perspectives, and it was well-written on that part.

My problem on this book is that the premise of this book was really good, but the execution was a total failure. I love how four of the main characters were given enough point-of-view which helped me understand this book better.

“No one should be judged on who they love. Unless they love Hitler. Then maybe we can judge a little.”

Isa is the new waitress in the critically-acclaimed restaurant, Waterside Cafe. She starts the job without any knowledge about the Tips, a dangerous game to earn money. Having been invited by her boss to the game, it completely changes her life. And the game completely changed her as well at the end.

Xavi, being constantly teased by money, does everything that will ruin her life. She falls in love with a man who she doesn’t expect to love. Money and love change her life.

Peter, Xavi’s stepbrother, does everything for her stepsister who he fell in love with. And Finn falls in love with the new waitress and wins most of the games in the Tips history. Both of the guys sound like hunky jocks in this book, but as you get to know them, you’ll like them.

Rico, their boss, isn’t really what they think who he is. He’s the complete opposite. He’s a pedophile and a thief, and almost ruins the life of her workers. I just hope that he be given a point-of-view in this book to understand what he is doing and why he is doing things.

I don’t have a lot to say in this book because it was just a quick read. But the romance, the dares (the thrill of doing the dare) and the story are what made me enjoy this book. The characters? Not so much.

Not to mention that I almost wanted to DNF this book.

2 swords
2 swords for the entertainment

About the author:

Claire Kennedy lives and works on Nashville, Tennessee, where she is hard at work on her next novel.


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