Thursday, August 19, 2010
Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita
By Jen Calonita
2010, Poppy, 320 pages
Samantha's off to her first summer as a CIT (counselor-in-training) at a summer camp, even though she's never attended one before. She's nervous, but this change of scenery couldn't come at a better time: Her best friend Mal's too busy sticking her tongue down her new boyfriend's throat to give Sam attention anyway. Some girl fights, one boy, another boy, late-night pranks and lessons learned, Sam's made lifelong friends and has found a new home away from home.
Sleepaway Girls is a feel-good read—just what I was looking for as summer wind down. Sam's jealous fight with the camp director's daughter, Ashley, plays out realistically (well, perhaps minus one food fight...those never happen in real life), and many girls will relate to Sam setting her sights on cocky Hunter, the first guy to ever show her much attention, even though sweet Cole is there all along. Haven't girls learned by now from reading enough of these books? If a guy has a history of dating the new girl time and time again, and you are the new girl, you don't go after him. Capisce? It's still a cute read though, perfect for any teen nervous about heading away to camp for the first time. Yeah, it's scary, but Sam proves that it's also a chance to grow.
Side note: There were at least five Jonas Brothers references, though I lost count. So I chose to ignore them and NOT picture Cole as a fifth JoBro, which is fine...but doesn't it kind of date this book? Oh well, didn't bug me enough to really deter me, and it will probably really please the YA crowd.
You might also like:
Calonita's Secrets of My Hollywood Life Series
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
This also reminded me to add Slept Away by Julie Kraut to my to-read list!