Summer State of Mind
By Jen Calonita
Poppy, Little, Brown, and Company, 2014. 248 pages. Young adult fiction.
Ever since Harper McAllister's dad became a big-time music video producer, Harper has become a shopping machine. But her most recent credit card statement sends her dad on a mission: to find the old down-too-earth Harper. Harper is sure that she'll hate the sleepaway camp her dad went to every summer. But as she starts to let down her Camper Barbie reserves, Harper learns a lot about friendship and the things that are most important in life.
This was just a fun book about summer camp that kind of made me wish it was summer again. Calonita has created great characters - Harper is annoyingly materialistic from the beginning, but obviously has a heart of gold that shines through by the end. There isn't anything deep or significant about the book - it's just an entertaining, uplifting read that makes you feel happy. And like maybe you need to go to sleepaway camp and see what you were missing.