After Hours – Claire Kennedy

Synopsis

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.

Review

Not a fan. The issues got way out of hand and way too serious. Things were unnecessarily dramatic, and I found it hard to believe that people could make so many problems for themselves. Ask people for advice! Don’t be afraid to go to your parents (unless they’re like Isa’s). Don’t try to keep so many secrets all the time — Isa’s was unnecessary, Xavi could have responsibly taken care of hers, and Finn’s was just plain ridiculous (seriously, that one was hard to believe). I also found it hard to believe that any of these people were friends, since they seemed to spend a lot of time alone, wallowing in pity, greed, or some other shady business. Maybe you should hang out sometime, if you’re really all friends? And not just when you have a common enemy?

Honestly, even an accurate portrayal of “work friends” would have been fine. But I didn’t really understand why we focused on THESE characters (Aida might have had an interesting perspective, for example), or why some plot points were relevant at all (wicked witch?).

Also, Tips escalated a LOT. Could it really have been that much money if they have it so frequently? I don’t think so. And you’d also think that someone would be smart enough to hide his shady business (e.g. by paying the bills). Overall, lots of plot holes, despicable characters, and a boring situation. It was bland and predictable.

Related Reading

  • The Revenge Playbook – Rachael Allen
  • The F- It List – Julie Halpern
  • We All Looked Up – Tommy Wallach

Rating: 1/5

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