Sunday, April 26, 2009

Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita

When Sam's best friend gets her first boyfriend, she's not ready to spend the summer listening to the two of them call each other "pookie." Sick of being a third wheel, Sam applies to be a counselor-in-training at Whispering Pines camp in the New York Catskills. But what she doesn't realize is that it's not going to be all Kumbaya sing-alongs and gooey s'mores. If Ashley, the alpha queen of Whispering Pines, doesn't ruin Sam's summer, then her raging crush on the surfer-blond and flirtatious Hunter just might. At least she has playful Cole, who's always teasing her, but is oh-so-comfortable to hang out with, and the singular gang of girls that become fast friends with Sam-they call themselves the Sleepaway Girls.

To me this is a perfect summer fun book! Whipsering Pines is the ultimate camp for friends, flirtations, and finding out more about yourself. Makes my stints at Girl Scout camp look very yawn worthy! While nothing too out of the ordinary or different happens it was a thoroughly enjoyable book for me! It definitely makes me eager to read the author's Secrets of My Hollywood Life series.

I loved all the different parts of the plot, from the cute little campers that were home sick, to the camp director's youngest daughter who made sure camp wasn't easy for Sam, to the cute boys and the Sleepaway Girls videos! All the different parts of the plot blended together to make a summer that most girls dream of. It was just really fun to read!

I really liked Sam, though if I was in her shoes I'm sure I would have ratted out Ashley, the camp director's daughter for her antics a lot more often! I also really liked Sam's fellow CIT (counselor in training) Cole, he seemed like a really sweet and playful guy. It was totally cute to see him take care of his little campers, who couldn't fall for this guy! And the Sleepaway Girls, while they all sort of had their "thing" they were known for (Court loves to flirt, Em is shy and likes to read romance novels, and Grace is an athlete) they were a great part of the story. I can't help hope this might turn into a series!

Overall a perfect summer read for teens (or teens at heart) of any age! Slip on your flip flops, grab a lemonade and enjoy!

Sleepaway Girls is released on May 1st.

4.5/5 Stars
ARC received from publisher


  1. Awesome review. I love Jen, she's awesome, and I really do want to read this one. It defintely sounds like the perfect summer read and we all need those sometimes!!!


  2. Anonymous7:56 PM

    Great review!

    It definitely sounds like a fun summer read. I'll try to get it before I go on my vacation in mid-May! Thanks! :)

  3. I love this cover - and it sounds like the book lives up to it!Fun!

  4. looking forward to reading this one on the beach!

  5. OMG I am SOSOSOSO excited about this:
    a) I love Jen Calonita, her other books are a blast!
    b) I love a good summer-camp story of friendship, summer, and romance
    c) I really need a light summer read right now!

    I am definitely buying this one when it comes out! (:

  6. Nice review. Looks like you really enjoyed the book. :)

  7. Summer camp was such a long time ago (sure wish I had taken pictures back then lol)! Bet this would bring back some memories :)

  8. I have to get this. Such a perfect read for summer!

  9. Oooh. A good one for reading on the deck this summer.

  10. Sounds like a great book to pick up :)

  11. I think I might be getting this. I'm not sure, though.

  12. Anonymous1:29 PM

    i love this book it was the best ever i love jens books


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