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Monday, May 11, 2009

Sleepaway Girls

When Sam Montgomery's best friend gets her first boyfriend, she's not reading 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 sine-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 hand out with, and the singular gang of girls that become fast friends with Sam - they call themselves the Sleepaway Girls.

Reading Sleepaway Girls was like watching an old episode of Lizzie McGuire, cute, fun and youthful. There’s something about summer camp that screams summer fun. Even if you have never been to summer camp (like me), teens can relate to Sam’s experiences at Whispering Pines.

Much like in her Secrets of my Hollywood Life series, Calonita has created a realistic teen for a main character with a strong, compelling voice that keeps you reading. Even her minor characters, though a bit cliché at times, were believable. You could imagine yourself sneaking off with the sleepaway girls for a secret taping or just chatting with them over dinner in the mess hall.

My only major complaint about the book would be Sam’s inability to see how great Cole was from the get go. But, as much as we’d wish it wasn’t true, girls will be girls and sometimes we get distracted by the hottie and miss the great guy that’s standing right next to us.

Sleepaway Girls was pure teen fun; full of high jinks, girl talk, and cat fights.

4 Stars!


  1. Sounds good. It's going on my wishlist!

  2. Thought it was brilliant! I couldn't stop reading and found my self reading untill 4 a.m. Would love for a sequal!!!!


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