Title: Sleepaway Girls
Author: Jen Calonita
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Pages: 304 pages
Release Date: May 1, 2009
This book was just an average book. The plot itself was simple and I wasn’t a big fan of it. Sam Montgomery, decides to spend the summer in Whispering Pines, as a counselor-in-training (CIT), to distant herself from her best friend and her new boyfriend’s antics. On her first day, there she quickly learns about the cliques within camps, there are the evil bitches, aka Ashley and Gabby, the heart throb, Hunter, and the playful but cute, Cole, and other CITs Em, Grace and Court, who she befriends immediately and they create a club known as the Sleepaway Girls.
Soon after arriving at camp, Sam is catapult into a war, the Sleepway Girls vs. Ashley and Gabby, who are dead set on making her life hell in Whispering Pines, including causing havoc between the guys she like. And during all this she manages to have fun and learn to stand up for herself.
I didn’t particularly like this book, I was bored through a lot of the book. There was no big lead up to anything, like the pranks or other activities mentioned. The way the romantic aspects played out was unrealistic. For example Em, Grace, and Court, and they all have crushes on three other guys (senior counselors or CITs, like themselves) and by the end the book, all three guys like them, same situation with Sam and her crush. I guess this counts as a spoiler but honestly, you kind of figure it know its going to happen. None, of the characters, minor or major particularly stood out to me, it was just flat if anything they seemed a little immature for fifteen year olds. The book can be pretty much summed up as a YA book disguised as a middle grade novel.
April 2009 Spring Break Read