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Sleepaway Girls

by Jen Calonita

Rated: None

Sam Montgomery’s best friend, with whom she’s done everything since fifth grade, has a new boyfriend, and Sam doesn’t want to be the third person in their twosome all summer. She does something totally out of character, signing up to be a counselor in training at a summer camp two and a half hours away from home. She loves kids and babysitting, but having never been to summer camp before, she’s a little bit nervous. It only gets worse when she shows up and finds out the rest of the CITs (counselors in training), counselors and most of the campers have been coming to the camp since they were kids.

Sam instantly makes some friends, and even more quickly, an enemy, in the camp director’s daughter, Ashley. Throw into the mix two boys who both flirt with Sam when she has no idea how to flirt back — since her only boyfriend was in sixth grade, and she isn’t sure if he even counts since all they did was hold hands walking between classes. This book is filled with everything you’d expect to find in a camp book about a teenage girl growing up. There’s a massive mess-hall food fight, pranks, sneaking out at night, and even an isolation cabin. By the end of the summer, Sam has made some great friends, learned that sometimes she needs to put herself first, and scored a cute boyfriend.

I really enjoyed this book. It took an idea (summer camp filled with mixed-sex teenagers in charge of younger campers) and made it its own story.

Jen Calonita has a series of books, starting with Secrets of my Hollywood Life, that are similarly clean, and follow the life of a teenage, Hollywood star.

Rated: None. Language: none. Sex: just kissing, talk of kissing, and the girls crushing on how hot the guys look.

— Reviewed by Nancy Minster

Nancy Minster is an avid reader, is married to an avid reader and is the mother to four little kids who seem to like books as well. One can only wonder where they get it from!

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  • Sleepaway Girls
  • by Jen Calonita
  • Rated: None
  • Genre: Young adult
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