Monday, January 16, 2012

Review: Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita

Title: Sleepaway Girls
Author: Jen Calonita 
Release Date: May 1, 2009
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers
Source: Library
When Sam's best friend gets her first boyfriend, she's not ready to spend the summer listening to the two of them call each other "pookie." Sick of being a third wheel, Sam applies to be a counselor-in-training at Whispering Pines camp in the New York Catskills. But what she doesn't realize is that it's not going to be all Kumbaya sing-alongs and gooey s'mores. If Ashley, the alpha queen of Whispering Pines, doesn't ruin Sam's summer, then her raging crush on the surfer-blond and flirtatious Hunter just might. At least she has playful Cole, who's always teasing her, but is oh-so-comfortable to hang out with, and the singular gang of girls that become fast friends with Sam-they call themselves the Sleepaway Girls.
Review: I have read books by Jen Calonita before so I knew what to expect. I was going to get a cute, quick, and funny read about a girl’s life where something goes wrong and that is exactly what I got.

In Sleepaway Girls, we are introduced to Sam who does not want to stick around for the summer with her best friend who makes Sam feel like a third wheel. So she decides to change it up and go to a camp for the summer to be a counselor in training. Things take off to a shaky start when a girl does not like Sam and wants to ruin Sam’s first summer camp experience. Not all is bad for Sam though, especially when she makes friends and maybe even a summer romance!

While the plot has been done before, Jen Calonita makes this plot line her own, like always, though still predictable. Sam and the other characters are believable and you’ll laugh and get angry along with them. Her descriptions for the camp are impeccable and will make you want to go to summer camp right away! Though the ending was predictable, it was an ending that you would smile at.

Overall, I enjoyed the book as I’ve enjoyed Jen Calonita’s other books. No, this was not very new and orginal but it was a fun, cute and quick read. 

Overall: 3/5
Cover Comments: 5/5—It's simple, cute and fits the book perfectly!


  1. Sometimes predictable books hit the spot! :P Sleepaway Girls sounds cute. Thanks for the review, Kailia! :)
    - Lauren

  2. I read this one last winter, and ended up liking it quite a bit, even though I agree that it was predictable. It was just a fun, quick read, and I especially loved how it took place over summer. Great review! :)

  3. Yeah, the summer aspect was so awesome. I've never been to camp before so I felt like it was my first experience!