A group of young girls descend on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, where their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets, and camp songs by the fire. Filled with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home.
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore traces these five girls—Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan—through and beyond this fateful trip. We see them through successes and failures, loving relationships and heartbreaks; we see what it means to find, and define, oneself, and the ways in which the same experience is refracted through different people. In diamond-sharp prose, Kim Fu gives us a portrait of friendship and of the families we build for ourselves—and the pasts we can’t escape. (From Goodreads)
Thank you to HMH Books for sending me a free copy of this book, All opinions are my own.
I rate this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars.
To me, this book read more like short stories, intricately woven together. You read about them as children at the camp, and then each chapter was based on one of the girls from camp, you saw what happened from childhood on through to adulthood. It made for a very interesting reading experience. The Character I really liked was Kayla, and her sister (who wasn’t a camper) Their story started sad, but ended in a way that I thought was pretty great.
I will say, that when I read the synopsis I was so elated to get to read and review it. However, once I started this book was not at all what I expected. I didn’t expect the short story vibe. I thought maybe it would be a part one, part two type of book, like what happened at camp was part one, and after camp was part two. For me, that might have flowed in a more enjoyable way. I did appreciate that the author tried something outside of the box.
The Lost Girls Of Camp Forevermore, strikes me as a book about personal growth, and overcoming a tragedy, and and making the choice to not let it define you as an adult. The girls went through a lot in the forest, and they did some questionable things in the name of surviving. It was an interesting read, also one thing I wanted to add, I had an extremely hard time imagining these girls as 9-11 year old’s. To me it was more 13-14 year old’s. But again that is just my opinion.
This book is out today, I will include the Amazon and Goodreads link below.