favorite summer read is…Sleepaway Girls!
Ready for a break from her status as perma-thirdwheel to her best friend and
boyfriend, Samantha Montgomery packs up and heads out to Whispering Pines
for a summer away as a counselor-in-training. This is her first time doing
anything without her bestie, but Sam is ready to branch out. At least, she
thinks she is.
Not even an hour into her first day at camp though and Sam is overwhelmed
with mean girl drama (seriously, these girls will make your camp mean girls
look as sweet as a kitten-a-day calendar), already crushing on the camp
hottie (this guy will make that Abercrombie & Fitch cut out on your wall
look like he better have a good personality), and lying in a mud puddle as
the summer’s first dodgeball casualty.
amazing group of friends that dub themselves the Sleepaway Girls. They
guide her through her first summer at the Pines, navigate some MAJOR crush
drama, and even help Sam find her backbone. Throw in a bunch of super cute
campers, a questionably crushable guy friend, some possible mom romance, and
an MIA best home friend and Sam’s summer is just getting started.
If this book isn’t on your camp packing list, you totally need to write it
1. Who was your camp crush? Don’t skimp on the details, sister.
Danny! I can still see his adorable freckled face, blue eyes and this football jersey he always wore—wait, I can see those things because I have a picture of him in my camp scrapbook, which, of course, I still have, and secretly sometimes flip through. Danny was so crushable, but like most of my crushes, he had a thing for my best friend, Christi. Sigh. I was in the friend zone, but at least I could still drool.
2. Fave camp memory or annual event?
Since we were a day camp that had several sessions, the last day of each session was always the best. There was no set schedule so it was much easier to hang out with the other counselors—which was always my favorite part of camp anyway. Some of the classes would have a talent show, and we’d have a party with tons of junk food. I always liked exchanging cards with the kids and other counselors that day. I remember one counselor that I adored (as a friend—I swear!) wrote me this really nice card and gave me a teddy bear in a tracksuit. I kept that bear for YEARS. I think that was the first time I realized I could have a guy in my life that was cool, funny and amazing to be around, and I didn’t have a crush on him. He was just my friend and I liked that. I was actually maturing!
3. Your most cringe worthy story from camp? Don’t worry, your embarrassing story’s safe with me. I won’t tell anyone but the Internet.
Sadly the most embarrassing thing about camp was my counselor title: Computer Counselor. And I wasn’t even the head counselor! I was the junior computer counselor, which sounds even worse, doesn’t it? While the cool kids were outside playing basketball or swimming, I was stuck in a windowless room with giant, old school computers. There was no Macs in those days, my friends.
4. Ever have any mean girl moments at camp?
Strangely enough, I didn’t have any mean girl moments the way Laney or Samantha do. If anything, the meanest people at my camp were some of the campers. I had more than my share of tantrum-throwing, whiny kids come through my class door. I also had a lot of adorable kids too, which more than made up for the rotten apples.
5. What’s the worst thing you got caught doing? What’s the worst thing you didn’t get caught for?