By: Claire Kennedy
Released: June 16, 2015
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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)
I liked After Hours and finished this book in one sitting. I expected this one to be a light and fun read, but it surprisingly took a more serious turn.
After Hours is the story of four teens who work at a cafe. Isa is the new girl at the cafe. Xavi wants to make enough money to get away from home. Peter is Xavi's new stepbrother and hiding his true feelings about her. And lastly there is Finn, who has a secret side business. After closing some nights, the staff plays a game of tips and if the person completes the dare, they win the jackpot of money.
Isa, Xavi, Peter, and Finn were interesting characters and each are hiding a secret. I liked how the chapters alternated between the four of them, but I really wanted to get to know each one of them better. I just felt like because it alternated between four characters, it didn't give me the chance to get to know them all that well. At times the voices weren't that distinctive either and I would need to check the chapter heading to remember which character's point of view I was reading in. It got much better as the story progressed though. I especially thought that Xavi and Finn were the most interesting characters and I was the most invested in their story lines.
The plot was paced fast and as I mentioned earlier, I finished this book in one sitting. I really liked the setting in the cafe a lot. It was the center for a lot of drama. The plot definitely had the fun and light moments that I expected, but there were also some really serious themes in this book too. I wished that the pacing wasn't so rushed when it came to dealing with the serious themes though. I felt like those themes just weren't given enough attention or given the time to really develop.
Overall I liked After Hours, but this book just left me wanting more.