If you've ever been fortunate enough to experience life in the "camp bubble", you know how drama-packed life at a sleepaway summer camp can be. In Sleepaway Girls, Samantha Montgomery, accepted/hired as a first time C.I.T., or counselor-in-training, at a summer camp in upstate New York called Whispering Pines, finds out first hand.
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.
For the first time ever, Sam Montgomery is going to summer camp. Faced with a boring summer at home (her BFF has a boyfriend now) or hanging out in Boca with grandma, it's decided that Sam will attend Whispering Pines camp as a Counselor in Training (CIT). Turns out she the only CIT never to have been at camp before and the testing begins right away. Queen Bee CIT Ashley (and the camp director's daughter) doesn't take to Sam right away, so like in school cliques everywhere, the cabin is divided among Ashley/Sam lines. And of course, the camp is co-ed and hot counselor Hunter is constantly panted after. This was fun read, the Sam and her new friends learn a lot about themselves and each other--they really have created a lasting friendship over the summer and I can only hope this will be the first of many summer novels about the Sleepaway Girls.
This book is outstanding!! I can't put it down. Jen is the perfect writer for this adventure based book. And it is based a on realistic real life situation! You think you like this boy who turns out to be a jerk, When you have the greatest new best friends to help you. Then falling for you guy best friend. It is a romantic & adventure book. It is a fantastic read!!
When Sam's best friend gets her first boyfriend, going off to summer
camp is the only way to escape being the third wheel. So she applies to
be a counselor-in-training at Whispering Pines camp. But this isn't
going to be all s'mores and sleepovers. Not only is Ashley, the most
popular girl at camp, out to get her but Cole, another CIT, keeps
teasing her about her crush on the hot and unattainable counselor,
Hunter. But at least she has her bunk. They all become quick friends
and form a secret group called the Sleepaway Girls to make the summer
This book was pretty much the summer camp
experience I have never had. The book was filled with familiar brands,
such as American Eagle and Puma, which helped to make the characters
more relatable. Also, references to the Jonas Brothers and Disney
channel movies made me laugh. Although it did seem to be kind of
similar to the Lindsey Lohan Parent Trap movie in many ways, the great
friends and Sam's great personality made it bearable, and even
enjoyable. Also, this seemed like a much more relatable and updated
version of it, but more focused on the camp experience. I think it will
really appeal to teen girls.
Jen Calonita's writing made it feel
as if I were experiencing the brutal heat and the rush of sneaking out
late at night. I feel like it was a real place from the way that it was
described. I am going to miss Sam and her new friends. It was something
I could really get caught up in. When everything started to happen, I
found myself staying up late a night just to finish it. I didn't want
to stop, and I do not believe I could have if I wanted to. Now, Im
dying to read Jen Calonitas other books. It is something I would
recommend to all my friends as a nice summery book to read. Girls
twelve years old and up would love it. Some things about it were a
little predictable, but overall it was a great story that any girl
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.
I really liked this book. I love Jen Calonita as a author. She writes good addictive funny books. I read this book in a couple of hours. Thier is a camp crush a guy chasing after a girl and a lot of camp romance and backstabbing and getting revenge. I love all the characters they were very relatable and really funny and people I would be freinds with. I have never been to summer camp but this book really made me want to go. Read this in the summer and you'll love it. So read this I really loved and I really reccomend this to anyone looking for a great summer read.
All Around Enjoyable
By Jen Calonita
Pub. Date: May 2009
4.5 out of 5 stars
PG - Fine for all ages, but will appeal more to teens
How does spending the summer with your best friend and her boyfriend making kissy noises around you, the third wheel, sound? Um& no thanks! Sam takes a bold step and applies to be a Counselor-in-Training at Whispering Pines, a summer camp, two hours away from home. Though she is accepted, not everyone is welcoming. Ashley, the camp directors daughter, tried to alienate and humiliate Sam at every turn. Shadowed by her hit national commercial, Sam is instantly dubbed a threat to Ashleys stardom at camp. Camp is turning out harder than she first thought it was going to be. Not to mention the hot and lardaceous counselor, Hunter, creating awkward moments. And then theres Cole. Always joking and sarcastic, yet kind and gentle with his cabins kids. Will Sams eyes linger on the wrong boy? With three new unique friends by her side, the usually passive Sam knows its time to stand on her own two feet and take matters into her own hands. But will Sam learn to use her voice?
Sleepaway Girls was a lighthearted read perfect for summer reading. It had amiable characters, a respectable timeline, a benign plot, refreshing dialogue, and a pleasant wrap-up. The only con is its familiarity. It lacked a unique taste that would have separated it from other appetizers. Sadly, its not a delicacy. Though there are similar books out there, Sleepaway Girls was still all around enjoyable.
Date Reviewed: April 29th, 2009
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Samantha Montgomery doesnt want to deal with her best friend this summer, especially since all she does is cuddle with her pookie little boy friend. Sam decides to go to sleep away camp; her first time ever and she is going to work as a counselor-in-training. She soon makes a small group of friends that care about her and want to bring the vicious, popular Ashley down on her knees. From the first day Sam arrived at camp, Ashley has been terrorizing her so why not get her back? Within her days at camp, she makes friends, finds a crush, and gets a run for her money through all the obstacles she overcomes. And what if first impressions arent always right?
This book was a delight to read! Author Jen Calonita provides likable characters with unique personalities while still focusing clearly on the plot line and using a zany twist in her writing. It was amusing and I was entertained the whole time! Being inside of Samanthas mind and reading about the choices she will, would, or might make is laugh-out-loud funny. Though the references are fun and quirky, they are very specific to what teens watch on television and listen to on the radio today so I dont know how long it would be up-to-date. With much potential and a pleasure to read, Sleepaway Girls will easily make it to the top!
(This book is also a very clean read. I only found one mild reference in the whole book and it wasn't in a disturbing way. :)