Slept Away by Julie Kraut (May 26th 2009—Delacorte)
Grade: 3.5 stars out of 5
Summary: “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!”
Review: I read Julie’s previous book Hot Mess but was less than blown away, however, Slept Away was much better than I had anticipated. This was Sleepaway Girls done right.
We have almost the same basic plotline, girl goes to summer, mean girls appear, girl befriends some awesome friends, and mean girls get defeated, girl ends summer camp happy and glad she came. So what made me like this book so much better? Almost everything I say!
First off, the characters. Laney was not someone always perky, always happy, never fighting back. Although she never did anything physical, the inner monologues gave enough hints that she isn’t one to suck it all in. Heck they made me laugh.
The mean girls—snobby, completely glittery, and their butts as movable billboards—were great. I could feel the hate, the annoyance, and the fact that their reason to dislike someone aside from jealousy was refreshing. They just hate Laney because they are *itches. I can deal with that, there are people in this world like that.
The friends. Much more relatable, acted more as the side characters to build the main character up rather than trying to shove her aside.
Humor laced with friendship. Comedy intertwined with growth. Did I mention that it was funny? Well it was.
The biggest compliant would have to be the relationship with Ryan and Laney. I wanted to see more of it instead of just a small glimpse and a little peck. On some parts, I wanted a lot of the plot to expand a bit. The thing with the mean girls? It kind of just faded. I do not recall the giant explosion of conflict.
Overall: A cute and fun read. Definitely perfect for the summer!
Love the food, but Random House seems to have issues with feet. Does that look like a fifteen year old’s feet? Unless she has pretty big feet…
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