Friday, October 10, 2014

Summer State of Mind

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.


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