Monday, September 15, 2014

Five Summers by Una LaMarche

Five Summers

By Una LaMarche

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Published by: Razorbill - May 16, 2013
Genres: YA, Summer Camp
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Four best friends, five summers of camp memories
Emma, Skylar, Jo, and Maddie have all come back to camp for a weekend of tipsy canoe trips to the island, midnight skinny dipping in the lake, and an epic game of capture the flag—boys versus girls. But the weekend isn't quite as sunwashed as they'd imagined as the memories come flooding back. . . .

The summer we were nine: Emma was branded “Skylar’s friend Emma” by the infamous Adam Loring . . .

The summer we were ten: Maddie realized she was too far into her lies to think about telling the truth . . .

The summer we were eleven: Johanna totally freaked out during her first game of Spin the Bottle . . .

The summer we were twelve: Skylar’s love letters from her boyfriend back home were exciting to all of us—except Skylar . . .

Our last summer together: Emma and Adam almost kissed. Jo found out Maddie’s secret. Skylar did something unthinkable . . . and whether we knew it then or not, five summers of friendship began to fall apart.

I'm a sucker for camp-centered YA novels. Although I've never been to camp, I did spend 2 summers doing summer stock in MA living with 90 people on 1 compound. Felt like camp to me!

I wanted a little bit more than I got with this novel. I wanted more depth of character from each of the girls. It was easy to guess what their secrets were . . . but it was still a nice read. I just wanted more.

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