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Freak Camp [Kindle Edition]

Jessica Barnett
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Thirteen-year-old Celeste Jardine has one priority for the summer: to identify her source — earth, air, water, or fire. Only then can she register for one of the four public source schools and avoid being sent to Fluidity, the local private school for unidentified teens. Things explode the last day of school when Celeste learns that her perfect best friend, May, is going away to earth camp for eight weeks. To add insult to injury, Celeste's mom has decided to send her to summer camp at the very place she has been trying so hard to avoid ... Fluidity. Celeste resolves to try anything under the sun—or on the Internet—to get into source school in the fall. But, after rekindling a friendship with her estranged neighbor, Rainie, Celeste must confront startling new truths about who she is, who she loves, and where she wants to be when fall classes start.

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About the Author

Jessica V. Barnett works as an attorney in the Boston, Massachusetts area, where she lives with her two sons. This is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 556 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0692028528
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,928 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, engaging, and a fun read! April 25, 2014
Disclosure: yes, I AM related to the author.

On the other hand, I've read several drafts of this book, and it got better every time. The characters are believable, and likeable even when they're not at their best (really, who is at their best as a teenager?). It's aimed at young adults, but worth reading even if you're *ahem* somewhat past that stage.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely endearing April 25, 2014
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Freak Camp is an endearing story of one girl's struggle to figure out where and how she fits in the world, as well as what's really important when it comes to friends, family and love. Told in the pitch-perfect voice of 13-year-old Celeste Jardine, this book explores the emotional minefield of adolescence with humor and charm, and has a light and appropriate touch with LBGTQ issues (same-sex parents, etc.). This is not a story about being "different," but about learning to love and be yourself. GREAT book for teens and young teens, but also for adults, too. I look forward to hearing more from Celeste in Volume 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! July 17, 2014
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Jessica Barnett's Freak Camp is an amazing book about growing up and discovering who you are. It is based in a fantastical world, where people have a "source" (fire, water, earth, or air) that they discover as they grow up. Celeste is a teenager who has not yet found her "source". Her summer goal is to find it before she starts "source" high-school in the fall. She soon learns who she is, who she loves, and who her friends are.

As a middle-school girl, I really enjoyed reading about Celeste and her life. I was captivated by this new world and couldn't put this book down. I read Freak Camp in one sitting! The characters and the plot were very strong. I recommend Freak Camp to any adults and teens who enjoy stories about young people discovering who they are.

Thank you, Jessica Barnett! My mom and I love your book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Freak Camp July 2, 2014
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t's been a while since I've read a novel with such a young protagonist but I could not put this down. This book was so great and such a fun ride. The moral lessons were beautiful without being preachy and I felt that the MC was very realistic.

The paranormal aspect was a cool invention, I only wish that there was more of it! I found the idea of everyone having one of four abilities (Earth, Air, Fire, Water) so intriguing and I just would have liked to have those details expanded.

There was also a good amount of diversity in this book which was a nice change from the standard white washed YA novel. However the black characters were a little too stereotypical for my taste.

Overall I found this novel to be an addicting and thoughtful read and would thoroughly recommend.

Note: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read June 7, 2014
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I just finished reading this book and I was so sad it ended. It's a fast and easy read, however, it covers a lot of ground and there's no pointless fillers. I think the book is a great reality check for all teenagers and parents, therefore a must read. The book deals with the need to belong and be accepted; being straight or gay, black or white, rich or poor; it deals with having step parents/siblings and relationships of all kind. The author fit all that information in smoothly and she made it current by including popular trends. I believe that everyone can relate to the story in some way and fall in love with the characters. Enjoy your read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for middle school teens May 27, 2014
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I really like it and bought four more copies to give to the Middle School English teachers in my town. One of the best I have read for dealing with sexual orientation, but it has much more than that, dealing with so many issues that are important to kids that age. . . .friendships, parents, self image, who am I? I recommend it.
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More About the Author

Hi. I am the author of Freak Camp: Posts From a Previously Normal Girl. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, and after spending my late teens and twenties moving up (Montreal) and down (Washington, DC) and up (New York, Providence) the East Coast, I have settled back into the Boston area, where I live with my two young sons. Although this book is more of a personal statement than a political one, I also hope that it can help fill the void in mainstream fiction for LGBTQ youth that I experienced growing up. Whatever your personal experience, I hope this book can touch you in some way.

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