Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita (May 1st 2009--Little Brown)
Grade: 2.5 stars out of 5
Summary: "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."
Review: Sleepaway Girls is the birth child from a combination of Disney and Nickelodeon. Cavity producing sweet, annoying moral at the end, and childish.
Sam seemed almost perfect. Nice, generous, and a complete wuss. Ashley was the perfect villain--evil, cruel, mean, heartless, and so into herself. But what was so funny to me was that in the end they start to become friends. Turns out Ashley was just jealous and Sam forgave her--shocker isn't it?
Sam needed to get a backbone and fight against Ashley. She humiliates her, lies to people about her and yet she does nothing. Absolutely nothing. Swallows her pride and moves on. The one time she did confront Ashley was the food fight where Sam throws orange juice at her...I drink orange juice. I'm not too sure how much damage that does.
Ashley was the most annoying brat ever. She was the essence of a queen bee! Can't giver what she wants? Then your life at camp will be hell. But never aim at someone who might fight back. Oh no! Target Sam because she's a pushover! I wanted to slap them both so much!
That was the main issue with Sleepaway Girls. Other than that I thought it was a fun camp-themed book. The other characters were much better (well mostly all) and were a pleasure to read.
I love the interactions between Ashley's dad and Sam's mom--a cute little relationship blooming in the background.
Overall: An aggravating book nonetheless still sugary.
ARC cover was different.
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