The Lost Summer by Kathryn Williams

Monday, October 26, 2009

PLOT: "For the past nine years, Helena Waite has been returning to summer camp at Southpoint. Every year the camp and its familiar routines, landmarks, and people have welcomed her back like a long-lost family member. But this year she is returning not as a camper, but as a counselor, while her best friend, Katie Bell remains behind. All too quickly, Helena discovers that the innocent world of campfires, singalongs, and field days have been pushed aside for late night pranks on the boys' camp, skinny dipping in the lake, and stolen kisses in the hayloft. As she struggles to define herself in this new world, Helena begins to lose sight of what made camp special and the friendships that have sustained her for so many years. And when Ransome, her longtime crush, becomes a romantic reality, life gets even more confusing."

Review: This is a lovely tale of the beauty of friendship, and how every relationship has it's ups and downs. There is a brutally honest "first time" scene I found refreshing. So many times in YA it just fades to black. I really liked the characters in this novel, but the ending felt a little lacking to me. But for all you curious writers out there, pick it up and thumb through it :)


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