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Camp Hardcover – June 15, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
When I first decided to review Camp, I figured it would be some fluffy book about a mother/daughter adventure and a big bonding experience. What I found was far from that. Camp doesn't skim on issues at hand, but rips deeply into them, revealing how bad bullying can get. I know we have all had our share, but not like this. And certainly not having to deal with all of the numerous issues Amy Becker has on her plate.
Amy and her mother have never gotten along. It isn't some trivial topic at hand, but an underlying issue that seems as though her mother truly hates her. If it isn't hard enough dealing with a mother who despises her, she also had to deal with the motherly role of taking care of her autistic eight year-old brother Charlie. This is not the life that a fourteen year old should be living. Her father understood this and signed her up for summer camp, hoping that she would enjoy some time away. Truth is--if Amy never would've went to camp, the tragic events never would have taken place. It was all a series of events starting with the overbearing bullying that took place that summer. I never would've had the courage and strength of Amy. My heart broke for her repeatedly. My tears continuously fell for her. In the end, I couldn't help but wonder... Could any of this really be true? This is something that I have never pondered after finishing a book. And in reading the note from the author, I had my answer. I am so very thankful for that note. So very thankful for Camp. Elaine Wolf deserves tremendous praise for her amazing talent.
I love character-driven fiction, and Elaine Wolf has created believable three-dimensional characters--especially Rory--a character who could have been a one-dimensional villain, but the reader is made to understand in some small way what could drive a person to be so awful to other people.
CAMP is a book that will stay with you long after you finish reading it.
I love CAMP! It's a must read for everyone - from eighth-graders to grandparents. CAMP is a gripping story with heartbreakingly-real characters.
CAMP is a haunting and inspiring coming-of-age novel about a fourteen-year-old girl who is ruthlessly bullied at summer camp, through a backdrop of complex family dynamics, marked by secrets, loyalties and betrayals. CAMP raises important questions about bullying that are relevant to children and families, teachers, and all who are or ever have been connected with young people in any way.
How do friends, bystanders, and adults take a stand against bullying? When a child is exploited, what contributes to her silence? What factors empower her to listen to her innate wisdom, speak out, ask for help, and resist? How can we radically change our culture to limit the power of bullies, protect children, and foster compassion? CAMP invites the reader to explore these vital issues through pages one will have trouble putting down until the very end. Ultimately, this is a story of finding one's voice, friendship, acceptance, and healing.
I'll say it again: I love this book!
This was an interesting book, the author did an amazing job of giving the reader a look into what it's like to be the bully, and to be the one who is being bullied. Amy reacted like I assume most children being bullied do. They lose what confidence they had and become more introverted. Her abuser, Rory, was a troubled girl who couldn't change her own horrible life, so she took out her frustration on anyone who was weaker than she was. She was a very good bully, she even bullied the adults. That's what dumbfounded me. The adults seemed to cower when Rory was pulling her crap on them. What??? I just couldn't wrap my brain around the fact that an ADULT would let a child speak to them the way Rory did. But, I've never known a child like Rory, so I guess I'm not a good judge. I just know for myself, I wouldn't have just stood there letting her spout her mouth of and then just slink away. As for Robin, I still don't know why she sided with Rory, Amy was her cousin after all. Amy's mom Sonia was not very likable. On one hand I wanted to shake her and tell her how her treatment of her kids Charlie and Amy was affecting them, but on the other hand I wanted to hug her for all she'd been through. All these different characters made one incredibly interesting book. All the characters were alive and made you FEEL.
The book has many sides. Bullying, family relationsships and secrets, low self-esteem, trust and in the end, gaining emotional strength, bonding and forgiveness.
I loved this book and think it's suitable for all ages. I also think it should be required reading in elementary schools, maybe it would prevent or stop a child from being a bully.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While I did find this book to be a bit on the obvious side as I read it, once I had finished, I realized that might have been necessary. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Sherry J. Bachrac h
I read this novel in one night.....I could not put it down. The protagonist, 14-year-old Amy Becker, is sent to summer camp against her will. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Lois Valerio
In 1962, 14 year old Amy is sent to her uncle's camp for the summer, where she encounters several sociopaths who make her life miserable. Read more
Everyone has secrets, some hover near the surface while most we bury deep. It's how we deal with those secrets that makes us who we are. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Yankeelin
Amy is the new target of pranks at summer camp this year-her first year there. I can't imagine anyone being nastier then Rory and her gal pals. Read morePublished 22 months ago by For What It's Worth...
A moving and thoroughly absorbing coming-of-age tale. When Amy is sent to sleepaway camp against her wishes, she must deal with a cabin full of bullies. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kirsten
Not worth your time. Very simple-minded and unsophisticated -- perhaps better for an 11 year old girl, but even then I'd doubt it.Published on August 9, 2013 by Sybil
What a well-written coming-of-age story! I do so love a first-person narrative, especially in this kind of novel. Camp is set in the 1960's, something that I really enjoyed. Read morePublished on July 17, 2013 by Kelli Nash
I enjoyed this book as I do most coming of age stories. Not sure what to think of the ending, but over all, a decent read.Published on June 27, 2013 by Linda M. James