Publication Date: 26 May 2009
Julie Kraut Official Website
Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
About the Book:
Laney Parker is a city girl through and through. For her, summertime means stepping out of her itchy gray school uniform and into a season of tanning at rooftop swimming pools, brunching at sidewalk cafes, and—as soon as the parents leave for the Hamptons—partying at her classmates’ apartments. But this summer Laney’s mother has other plans for Laney. It’s called Camp Timber Trails and rustic doesn’t even begin to describe the un-air-conditioned log cabin nightmare. Laney is way out of her element—the in-crowd is anything but cool, popularity seems to be determined by swimming skills, and the activities seem more like boot camp than summer camp. Splattered with tie dye fall out, stripped of her cell, and going through Diet Coke withdrawal, Laney is barely hanging on. Being declared the biggest loser of the bunk is one thing, but when she realizes her summer crush is untouchably uncrushable in the real world, she starts to wonder, can camp cool possibly translate to cool cool? Summer camp might just turn this city girl’s world upside down!
I first heard about this book when it came up as a tour option on Traveling to Teens, I liked the write up and so signed up. I thought that it would be a cute story and maybe bring up some memories of my own times at camp. However, this book never really lived up to its promise for me. The main character of Laney really annoyed me. Her inner monologues just droned on and I found her more whiney than funny. The story was also so filled with pop culture references that it was practically drowning in it. Normally the occasional pop culture reference dosen’t bug me but this was way over done and in the long term will only hurt the book. This is a book that will soon become outdated and lose its relevance with its target audience. There were a few semi-funny scenes that involved Laney’s fellow bunkmates and their butt-boards. But these moments were repeated often and so lost their appeal. Also the promised romance mentioned in the cover was almost non-existant that I wonder what version of the book the synopsis writer read. The only saving grace with this book was that it was short. But even weighing in at only 320 pages it still took me far longer to read than it should. I don’t feel like my time was wasted with reading this book, but I am not sure its a book that I can recommend to others.
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