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Camp So-And-So Hardcover – March 1, 2017
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"All the world's a stage in this . . . crafty, and, yes, campy novel that plays with familiar themes before it subverts them. Pure weird entertainment from start to finish." --starred, Booklist
"McCoy has written a downright peculiar book that manages to deliver a compelling tale of friendship and survival. . . . Weird, fun, clever, and different in a good way." --Kirkus Reviews
"A wildly imaginative novel with plenty of twists, this is a good pick for teens who like stories filled with bravery and dark magic." --School Library Journal
"The DNA of this singular book winds strands of M. C. Escher, Joss Whedon, and Heathers Mary McCoy has created something wonderful, wild, and weird. Don't miss it." --Martha Brokenbrough, author of The Game of Love and Death
About the Author
Mary McCoy lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son. She works as a librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library.
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With 25 girls as well as Tania and her minions who live at a leadership camp across from Camp So-and-So, not to mention Robin, the assistant camp director, as well as the mysterious Inge F. Yancey IV and the mysterious narrator, there are numerous characters to try to keep track of here. Because of the large number of characters, all of whom play a significant part in the story, this book works best for more experienced readers who can manage to keep track of what happens to and with all the different characters, especially since some of the characters aren't even given names.
It's clear from relatively early in the story that there are some supernatural elements at play in the story. This gives the story a rather creepy, mysterious atmosphere. And the complicated collection of events and events makes the book one that is almost impossible to predict. I can safely say that I've never read a book quite like this one.
In terms of content, there is some kissing (girl/girl, girl/boy) as well as a moderate amount of violence (several deaths and almost deaths occur).
All in all though this is a book to share with readers who enjoy the spooky, the odd, and the weird. Even the ending isn't quite what one would expect. This one could make for a pretty awesome book talk.
The impressive thing is that each of the separate storylines is interesting in its own right. I found myself annoying at the start of each chapter because I wanted to continue the storyline from the previous chapter instead of picking up with another group--and then within a couple of pages I'd remember how much I liked this *other* set of girls and their plot too, and I'd be equally engrossed and not want to switch from *their* story. The campers are wonderfully developed, diverse, and have distinct personalities and fears; everyone can likely see themselves in at least one of the characters. I assume a lot of readers will have a favorite cabin/plotline, but I honestly could never choose a favorite, as I liked them all for different reasons.
The book is an inventive take on various genres, but it's also a book about loving books. A love of books, and the love (and pressure) of entertaining others with your writing, comes up repeatedly. I started reading this book right after I finished Italo Calvino's "If on a Winter's Night a Traveler," and in weird ways I saw similarities: both play with genres, and both are an ode to the joy and sometimes frustration of being an avid reader.
I am ecstatic that I bought this book, because I found it totally enrapturing. It's sort of Appalachian rural fantasy plus Fae plus twists and turns that try the most intellectuallt brilliant reader, scares and dangers that awaken even the most jaded reader, and the coming-of-age of a sizable number of characters. There is brainwashing and personality separation, warmth and affection (possibly even love), friendship and tension and fear. In short, the novel has about everything, including a setting, a premise, and a plot line that is so outre, yet so engrossing. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say: if you love “urban fantasy” played out in a scenic mountainous setting; if you love fairy tales or the classic Greek gods and their ilk; if you cheer for strong female characters (both “good” and villainous are included); if you sympathize with weakness and empathize with characters who have failings, read CAMP SO-AND-SO.
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Author: Mary McCoy
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Genre: Magical Realism
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars