SLEEPAWAY GIRLS by Jen Calonita

SLEEPAWAY GIRLS

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Calonita’s bland, first-person summer-camp extravaganza about a group of feisty, competitive 15-year-old counselors-in-training plays on some well-worn character stereotypes. New CIT Sam has to make a place for herself within the hierarchy of coed Whispering Pines. Unfortunately her notoriety for having been featured, somewhat accidentally, on a commercial for Dial and Dash Phone and her instant attraction of the cutest male counselor, Hunter, ignite the ire of the most popular girl—who happens to be the camp director’s daughter. Ashley (who “looked like she belonged on America’s Next Top Model”) and Hunter (“an Abercrombie ad come to life”) each make Sam’s life hell from one forced camp activity to the next. As the jealous leader of their bunkhouse, Ashley delights in tripping Sam up, while fickle Hunter plays with her feelings. Luckily Sam has the support of new friends (the Sleepaway Girls of the title) and the admiration of a Jonas Brother lookalike, Cole, who seems to be real boyfriend material. Besides herding the “peeps, pez, and marshmallows” (younger campers) and staging a walloping food fight, Sam’s name-branded camp memories are mostly forgettable. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-316-01717-6
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Little, Brown
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2009




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