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Breakfast Served Anytime

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,397 Ratings  ·  243 Reviews
A coming-of-age debut evokes the bittersweet joys and pangs of finding independence in one unforgettable summer away at "geek camp."

When Gloria sets out to spend the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted and talented students, she doesn’t know quite what to expect. Fresh from the heartache of losing her grandmother and missing her best friend, Gloria resolves
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Candlewick Press
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Emily May
May 06, 2014 Emily May rated it did not like it
I LOVE this cover. Sadly, though, that's where my love affair with this book ends.

You know when you discover a book that just calls to you? With the title and the description and the total lack of hype. No expectations or demands... just the possibility of finding a little hidden gem with an extremely pretty cover. That was this book for me. I knew nothing except the sweet little promises it made:

A coming-of-age debut evokes the bittersweet joys and pangs of finding independence in one unforg
Emery Lord
Dec 04, 2013 Emery Lord rated it it was amazing
BREAKFAST SERVED ANYTIME is one of those books that makes me want to be a better writer. The characters are so well-drawn, and Sarah Combs's writing is absolutely gorgeous. I'm sad I have to pass it along on an ARC tour because I want to reread it before it comes out :) Absolutely recommended!
Apr 28, 2014 Carlton rated it it was amazing
This book had the ONE thing that I hate: that oh-so-clever 16 year old AV/Drama Club witty banter (full of 19th century literary references, of course) that you would expect from a modern coming-of-age book written by an adult. But ya know what? I DON'T CARE. Ya know why? Because this book was beautiful. Gloria, Calvin, Chloe, and Mason were beautiful. Jessica and Sonya were beautiful. Kentucky was beautiful. It totally captured that moment when you are young and you start to really see the worl ...more
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Dec 29, 2015 Hazel (Stay Bookish) rated it really liked it
Sarah is a talented writer- her prose is lovely! Her characters are fleshed out and really interesting. While the story itself is quieter than most contemporaries or YA books, I really liked how slice-of-life it felt. It didn't drag at all and I finished easily and with a smile after one sitting. :)
Jennifer Mathieu
What a beautiful, special book full of well-crafted sentences you'll read over again just to make sure they really happened. This book does not have a huge "hook" or shocking "twist" - but it is a book where *everything* is happening. Set in a "Geek Camp" for gifted Kentucky teenagers, we follow characters as they face their childhood demons, ponder their futures, and develop relationships with one another that are achingly real and life-changing. I cried at the end. Every character in this book ...more
Ginger at
"I guess what I'm trying to say is that sometimes you can love a book not so much because of what it's about or what happens in it, but because it belongs to a certain time or person in your life -- like you'll always remember where you were when you read it for the first time, or who gave it to you, or what season it was, or who you were before you read it and how you were different when it was over." (Combs,p. 246)

This book will always hold a special place in my heart because the person who gi
Jun 08, 2014 Ruth rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014-reads
It's abundantly clear that this is a debut novel. It's filled with good ideas and plot threads, none of which particularly go together and all of which get left underdeveloped--much like the characters themselves. Gloria is an unlikeable protagonist: judgmental and hypocritical in most of her thoughts and actions, as well as lacking any connection to the rest of the world. She's also determinedly wishy-washy. She hates kids, but after a few minutes with one, she likes them. She hates dogs, but a ...more
Apr 10, 2014 Jaye rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written contemporary about the sweet, ephemeral, but also lasting moments that come with a summer camp experience. In this case it's a "geek" camp at a university, so the cast of characters are smart, smarter, and smartest, but I loved the way Sarah Combs wove these seemingly disparate kinds of kids into a cohesive unit. It's a gorgeous look at friendship in all its facets, as well as that moment when you realize you're crushing pretty hard. The bonus is lots and lots of highlight wo ...more
Jul 23, 2014 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and good and... ahhh. Great book about camp, friends, love, and more.
Melissa Lindsey
I loved the premise of this book and it involved some interesting characters, including a boxer puppy. It involves a summer of growth and change for a group of talented young people who attend a month long camp at state college. The novel centers around one teen-aged girl and three new friends who end up in the same strand of the program. It includes some of the teen angsty stuff that I have grown a bit tired of -- Really -- how can you fall in love hate-love with someone through the window of y ...more
Geek Camp! That was all it took to make me want to read Breakfast Served Anytime. I also liked the idea of this mysterious professor. Sadly, I was just bored instead of entertained. Gloria heads off to this summer education program, is introduced to people different from her, then goes home. That's it. There's no plot, and no real character growth. She just goes away, does stuff, and comes home. It also didn't help that Gloria annoyed me.

I'm pretty sure the only things in the entire world that G
Sep 11, 2014 snowplum rated it liked it
I got off to a rough start with this book, because the main character who is obviously the author tells you that her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird, and I don't think I've ever liked anyone whose favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. (You don't have to hate it... but favorite? Seriously? It's like asking for vanilla ice cream, hold the vanilla.) But I persevered because this book is about geeky kids at geek camp and some of the happiest times of my life were as a geeky kid at geek camp ...more
I stopped reading around the 20% mark.
Don't bother, Nomes, really . Sometimes I do wonder what publishers are thinking, when they decide to acquire a manuscript that finally results in a book like 'Breakfast Served Anytime'.

- Four certified brainiac kids visiting a dinner and ordering breakfast, but only one of them has thought of bringing a wallet.
- Brainy, I-am-not-so-young-anymore-that-you-would-catch-me-eating-fudgecicles heroine planning to not accept a perfectly good university scholarsh
Feb 02, 2014 Joyce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ala-2014
So many YA books seem to be about dating relationships, and I thought this one would be more of the same, but I picked it up at ALA because I was intrigued by the cover. I was actually pleasantly surprised to realize the book is about relationships, but not just ones with a significant other. It's about friendship, family, (and yes) love...making the transition to life after high school, paying attention to the small moments that make up our best memories, identity, relationship to place (in thi ...more
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
DNF at 75%

Breakfast Served Anytime allured me with it's beautiful cover. But man! I was so disappointed.

I'm blaming Gloria. I think the author wants Gloria to come out as poetic because of her way of telling the story but that's not what I got at all. Gloria rambles. She wants to talk about everything and she makes simple things complicated. So I thought, hmmm okay, the protagonist is annoying me but maybe I'll get something from the plot.

I was bored. I was dozing off the whole time. I tried, r
"It's too hard to explain. I can't say why I love the book. I just do. You don't pick the books you fall in love with. It just happens, and when it happens, you know. Who's to say where love comes from?

Oh my gosh. Oh my GOSH. I am c r y I n g
I was not expecting this book to be that beautiful. I thought it'd be so so. Another weird and annoyingly inappropriate contemporary read.
but instead I am in love. I want to read this story over and over. I need to buy it and drown again in it's words.
I mean
Jul 07, 2014 Megan rated it it was ok
I love a good coming of age story, but Breakfast Served Anytime definitely left me wanting. I found myself reading faster and faster just to finish it. While technically sound, the story was just...boring. Nothing happens. Some smart kids go to geek camp, but nothing happens to them. They don't even seem to learn anything or grow in any way. The dialogue between characters feels very forced - very much like what adults think teens sound like. I work with teens, and they do not talk like the teen ...more
May 18, 2014 Natalie rated it did not like it
One star might seem a little harsh, maybe it is, the fact is, by the end I was annoyed on so many levels I couldn't give it anything but 1 star.

1. Gloria
B-R-A-T. Gloria is horrendous. She's SO annoying. She's judgmental and thinks she's better than everyone else. She also likes to think she's super deep and smart, but she says and does the dumbest things. I suppose that could be typical of teenagers. I'm sure when I was 17 I thought I was heaps smarter than I actually was. Still, I can't get b
Apr 21, 2014 Charmaine rated it really liked it
This book is—at once—both poetic and substantial. The words weave an eloquent, elegant tale that makes you laugh and cry along with Gloria. It's comprised of all the wonderful moments that make up childhood, youth, and life in general. It's made up of the things that you look back on; the memories of a lifetime. It's introspective, innocent, and hopeful after discovering the vast new world, despite starting off jaded and "SO Over It."

I've been to my own version of a Canadian Geek Camp, so I fou
Jul 12, 2014 Natalie rated it liked it
Shelves: peach-award
Peach Award (3 stars)

I wish I had liked this book as much as it wanted me to like it. It practically begged me to see it as deep and meaningful and life-changing, but... I just wasn't feeling it. Gloria, the main character, and her inevitable slap-slap-kiss love interest seemed as vague and undefined at the end as at the beginning. The attempts at creating some tension in the plot- i.e. a mysterious professor, two polar-opposite roommate friends, mountaintop removal- all just dissipated without
Literary Strawberry
I'm torn.

There are SO MANY PARTS THAT ARE WONDERFUL and I REALLY WANT TO LOVE IT BEYOND ALL REASON but it just didn't quite click for me so after see-sawing back and forth for a while I'm sticking it in the neutral "liked it" zone with three stars.

I don't know. I think the biggest thing was that the main character got on my nerves, and I wasn't a big fan of the love interest either. But the thing is, even though I didn't always /like/ Gloria that much, I had to admit that I related to her in a l
Nicole Pramik
Once more, I was drawn to this for the lovely cover. Judging by the blurb, I was ready to enjoy a fun, summery read about characters who attend a camp for academically talented students where they meet and bond in a local diner. What a fun idea! However, this novel is actually a rather predicable summer camp story that quickly falls prey to YA stereotypes.

Story-wise, this novel focuses on Gloria and her time at a (fictional) college-sponsored Genius Camp, which is open to gifted students across
Jan 04, 2016 Liralen rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed, ya, z-2015
Mmm. Promise that wasn't quite delivered on, I think. I was interested in this one because I went to nerd school—not just nerd camp, as Gloria does, but a bona fide nerdy public boarding school with the same kind of scholarship offer that Gloria gets by virtue of going to this nerd camp: get accepted, and go, to nerd camp (school) and get a free ride to the local university. (Like Gloria...I wanted outoutout, which meant not the local university.)

Gloria never felt quite fully fleshed out to me;
Jazmen This Girl Reads A lot
This book called to the deep seated teenaged part of me. I enjoy reading my way through the paths of life. I adore coming of age stories that truly capture the true essence of growing up. This one does that but it fell a little short.

Breakfast Served Anytime, is about a teenaged girl named Gloria, who is awarded the opportunity to participate in a geek camp of sorts. She is also dealing with the lost of her grandmother as well as the pressuring realities of college, and the approach of adulthood
Logan LeDuc
Apr 07, 2015 Logan LeDuc rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Honest to god, one of the absolute best books I've ever read. I marked over 100 brilliant quotes and there has only ever been three books in my lifetime where it was necessary to mark quotes.

I absolutely 150% recommend this and suggest that you randomly pick this up at your local book store ASAP because this book was absolutely beautiful and I fell in love with all of it more than I thought I was going to when I started reading it 12 hours ago.

There aren't many books that I commit to reading in
May 05, 2014 Suzanne rated it really liked it
This deftly written sort of ode to young discovery that celebrates extending oneself in thought and friendship will resonate with the more philosophical teens and the adults nostalgic about those special events in their own youth that were watersheds shaping their identities.

Many states have summer programs for gifted and talented rising seniors such as the one that Gloria attends in Kentucky: a meeting of high school minds for the best and brightest to study on a college campus and mingle with
Amanda Moore
Jun 07, 2016 Amanda Moore rated it it was amazing
The Kentucky Governor's Scholars Program changed my life, just as it did the protagonist's and, I suspect, the author's. This book nailed so many details -- of typical Governor's Scholar types, of the separate worlds of home friends and camp friends, of what it's like to be a senior in high school, of what it's like to find your tribe after years of doubting it existed. I'm almost embarrassed by how much I enjoyed this YA novel; I just stayed up almost 2 hours later than I intended and read half ...more
May 19, 2014 Melinda rated it it was ok
Hmm. I loved the premise and the cover, but the book itself didn't quite live up to its promise. I have no problem with a bit of over-the-top melodrama in my teen books, but you've got to earn the angst. If you want me to feel the heartache that comes with loving and leaving your camp friends, you have to do more than just inform me it exists, you know? Gloria did not earn her angst.
Dec 30, 2015 swiftpuppy13 rated it it was amazing
Breakfast Served Anytime
by: Sarah Combs
Gloria is off to "Geek Camp" for gifted students for the summer. After her heartbreak of losing her grandmother and missing her bestie, Gloria tries to make the best of her camp experience. Things are more difficult then what Gloria thinks when she finds new friends, love and discovers a new way about the world.

Ratings: 5/5
Fave character: Chloe!!! She is so fun and seems like a great friend. Wish one of my real life friends were like that...
-The cha
Initial thoughts: My first sentiment after closing this book was relief; relief that after more than two months I'm finally done reading. I did take a break in between because the book was due, then I had to wait until I got my hands on it again. The first third of the books was interesting enough—amusing even. I liked the Alice in Wonderland references. But by the half-way mark I got bored. I remained bored right through the end. Nothing much happens plot-wise. When that is the case, I expect e ...more
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Sarah Combs leads writing workshops at a nonprofit literacy center in Lexington, Kentucky, where she lives with her two young sons, two pacifist bird dogs, and her modern-day Atticus Finch of a husband, whose acquaintance she first made at a geek camp not unlike Gloria’s. Breakfast Served Anytime is her first novel.
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“It's too hard to explain. I can't say why I love the book. I just do. You don't pick the books you fall in love with any more than you pick the people you fall in love with. It just happens, and when it happens, you know. Who's to say where love comes from?” 25 likes
“I guess what I'm trying to say is that sometimes you can love a book not so much because of what it's about or what happens in it, but because it belongs to a certain time or person in your life- like you'll always remember where you were when you read it for the first time, or who gave it to you, or what season it was, or who you were before you read it and how you were different when it was over” 15 likes
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