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3.64 of 5 stars 3.64  ·  rating details  ·  699 ratings  ·  146 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...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Candlewick Press
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Emily May
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
...more
Emery Lord
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!
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
Carlton
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
Ginger (GReads!)
"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...more
Joyce
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
Jaye
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
Paula M. (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...more
oliviasbooks
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...more
Charmaine
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...more
snowplum
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
Elizabeth
Hilarious and good and... ahhh. Great book about camp, friends, love, and more.
Natalie
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...more
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...more
.meo.moe.
"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...more
Megan
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
Ruth
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
Suzanne
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...more
Melinda
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.
Jamie
Imagine an updated Ghost World set in Kentucky and you will have this awesome book. Gloria and her friend Carol are totally Enid and Rebecca - their
friendship is based on mutual disdain for others. Carol goes to NYC to dance camp and Gloria goes to a "geek camp" for smart kids at a Kentucky college where she meets others from around the state. Another article I read called this a "love letter to Kentucky" and it really is. The dialogue is fantastic, the writing is full of beauty and the ending...more
Victoria
I'm a sucker for diners and camp - so this book was kind of like finding a small slice of high school while reshelving books at work. This book was nothing like I expected it to be but in the best way possible. I was expecting your stereotypical formula of Girl goes to Camp. Girl meets Boy. Summer Camp Romance that melts with the changing leaves of the Fall. That's not what this book was about and I think it made me love it even more. I loved the characters - especially Calvin (I would jump on t...more
Cheyenne
It's a pretty good book and I have a respect for the author, but I feel like it was missing something-but then again it wasn't. It's an ordinary story about a group of kids at "Geek Camp". No major drama or anything too intense. Just appreciation for the moment, and they grow as people. The part that killed me was the butterflies due to personal experience. My sister was stillborn when I was in fifth grade. It was one of the most painful things that has happened to my family. The thing about thi...more
michelleski
I loved this book! It not only had a lot of laugh out loud moments which I can never get enough of, but it also left me with a sense of longing and hope that was reminiscent of many of my favorite books. It was a breath of fresh air to encounter characters who were familiar yet unique enough to make you regret not being able to continue on and experience more of their stories. Even more refreshing was that it took place in neither a futuristic/fantasy world nor a prep/boarding school world (seri...more
Natalie
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...more
John Clark
Gloria is on the threshold of adulthood. It's the summer before her senior year and she's mourning the loss of her grandmother while pondering the uncertainty of what will follow graduation. Her plan is to leave Kentucky and go to college in New York City with her best friend, Carol. She will be an actress, Carol a dancer. This summer, they're going in different directions. Gloria to Geek camp at a college in their native Kentucky, Carol to a dance program in NYC. Gloria has mixed feelings about...more
Hannah Cobb
Geek camp: set in a beautiful Kentucky campus, only the top students in the state are invited to attend. Gloria signs up for a course of study cryptically titled Secrets of the Written Word. During a scavenger hunt to find the professor teaching this mysterious summer-long course, Gloria meets her classmates. The Mad Hatter, as cute as he is maddening; the shy but wise Calvin; and the bold, Gatsby-obsessed Chloe. Their eccentric professor is determined to convince his small class of the power of...more
Kandace
Author
Sarah Combs

Publication Date
April 8, 2014

Synopsis
The Plan abides. Gloria and her best friend Carol are just one year away from leaving Kentucky behind to move to NYC. While Carol spends the summer before senior year in the city for a ballet camp, Gloria is at Geek Camp, a month-long camp for Kentucky's most gifted and talented students. Plans may change once Professor X and the Mad Hatter blow into her life.

High Points
Combs captures the passions of teenagers. Love, hate, good, bad - there i...more
Libby Ames
Gloria Bishop doesn’t know what to expect when she heads off to the summer camp she has labeled “Geek Camp.” The University of Kentucky provides summer camp scholarships to the brightest Kentucky high school seniors to convince them to spend their college years at UK. Intrigued by the lack of description and the requirement to leave all technology home, Gloria signs up for the course titled Secrets of the Written Word. What follows is a magical summer of self-discovery and unexpected friendships...more
Musia
Overkill.
Like the stewardess whose smile's a little too wide,
and the roast left cooking a little too long,
the present with wrapping paper, ribbon, AND a bow, and like
Breakfast Served Anytime.
Too much, overdone, excessive... Overkill.

This book was marvelously written, and had some beautiful bits floating around, but Sarah Combs tried a little too hard to make our main character Gloria be a unique and smart and philosophical, real teen.
Look, I'm a teenager.

I consider myself basically intelli...more
Nancy Chang
I loved "Breakfast Served Anytime" every second I was reading it. The plot was smoothly written and enjoyable, and the characters gave the novel great depth.
At first, Gloria, the main character, was not an entirely likable character in my eyes, as she was too narrow-minded and presumptuous of others. However, her character changed dramatically throughout the novel. She became less judgmental as she discovered friends that were eclectic, fantastic people, and learned how the many lives of others...more
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