Apr 27, 2011

Summer Books: Beach vs. Camps

I have read a bunch of summer themed books this year. I started off with Jenny Han's wonderful and emotional Summer series (The Summer I Turned Pretty, It's Not Summer Without You, We'll Always Have Summer (links to my reviews)). I moved onto Invincible Summer by Hannah Moskowitz and Sixteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton. Lots of romance and lots of beaches.

I love the beach. And I love the idea of having a beach house. However, I live in a landlocked state with no beach in sight. We have forests and lakes. Which brings me to the next popular summer romance genre: summer camp.

I have always wanted to go to summer camp! I like the idea of being away from parents for three or four weeks in the summer. Of meeting friends that you could count on seeing year after year. Of working there as a counselor when I get older. I never went to a summer camp though (I did plenty of sports camps).

I am currently reading The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy. It is a fun story about three sisters and the summer camp they attend. I am loving it! Another summer camp book I loved was Sleepaway Girls by Jen Calonita (I read it before I was reviewing regularly on this blog--but I really liked it. It was more about the cattiness of girls during camp than romances). Another fun middle grade summer camp read is Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire by Brenda A. Ferber(I love that cover!).

What other summer camp books are there? How about beach reads?

Which kind are your favorite summer themed books?


  1. I was going to suggest Sleepaway Girls :) I really like Jen Calonita's books.

    Hm, one of my favorite camp reads was Camp Fear by Carol Ellis, but it's definitely not a camp experience I would want to have! (Except for the cute boys, I'll take that please)

  2. LOVE the Jenny Han books! When I was in middle school I read all of the Camp Sunnyside Friends books :) And one of my absolute favorite American Girls books is the one where Molly goes to Camp Gowonagin and competes in the color wars!!

  3. I haven't really read too many summer camp books, but I have read the Sleepaway Girls.

    I loved that book! (: It really made me want to go to summer camp, and have those cool awesome summer friendships where everything is just about having fun. Plus, I really wanted to be a counselor haha. :D