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Boy Heaven

3.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  446 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
They were seventeen, with perfect tans and perfect bodies. They planned on a joyride in a convertible on a hot summer day. They planned on skinny-dipping in a beautiful, secluded lake. They planned on making it back to camp before anyone noticed they were gone. What they "didn't" plan on was being followed by two guys in a beat-up station wagon. . . . Their day soon takes ...more
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published May 5th 2006)
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Mar 31, 2011 Nomes rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, mixed-feelings
2.5 stars

haha. I don't know where to begin here...

This is an urban myth book: three cheerleaders smile at the wrong creepy guys. The guys then follow them back to a cheer-leading summer camp in the woods... dun dun dun. AND whatever happens, this story becomes the ultimate spooky story to tell outside in the middle of the night...

Gosh ~ the beginning of this book has the most gorgeous prose and a chilling prologue which is an absolute teaser. Grabs you right in.

The prologue was awesome (alludin
Feb 21, 2011 Matthew rated it liked it
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Sam Markum
Apr 05, 2011 Sam Markum rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed-books
I think one of Laura Kasischke’s strongest talents is her ability to create a believable character. When we read young adult fiction, or even watch teen movies, there’s usually that overly revered popular girl, who is so wicked that the audience spends most of the movie wondering how she got to be so popular in the first place. Kasischke doesn’t make that mistake in Boy Heaven. With Kristy, she’s revered because she’s pretty and nice, but she’s not the prettiest—that’s Desiree, who doesn’t even ...more
Shauta Marsh
Feb 28, 2007 Shauta Marsh rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people interested in human nature and darkness
Laura Kasischke has mastered writing about the dark-side of teenage girls. And most of her books revolve around this subject matter but these aren't feel good books there are usually dire consequences for her characters. And many times you think 'Shit I would have done or did that same thing when I was that age.' She understands the thought processes and pressures of these characters and if her books aren't set in the teen/childhood years most of the characters problems stem from those times in ...more
Apr 26, 2016 Noina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Je ne me souviens pas de grand-chose de ce livre, il ne m'avait pas particulièrement marqué, je l'avais emprunté à la biblio car j'aimais bien la couverture et le 4ème m'avait fait envie mais j'avais été en fin de compte assez déçue...
Jul 25, 2014 Below rated it did not like it
This book is terrible. It's poorly written, with godawful sentences such as “The gooey blackened melodrama of roasted marshmallows.” No, seriously. It is incredibly misogynistic - there is constant victim blaming in it - for example when the guys start to follow them Desiree blames Kristy for it because she smiled at them, basically this is the equivalent of 'but her skirt was too short' as an argument. The horror in it is barely there and not that creepy anyway, and half the time the author ins ...more
I admit I get creeped out easily when it comes to urban legends or old campfire stories, yet I am hunky dory reading true crime or paranormal books.

This story is basically about a summer high school cheer camp, thus I started to remember what it was like when I was a teen and home alone one night reading a Stephen King book.

The story follows 3 girls at cheer camp where you read more about the non-cheer part of camp rather than about cheering. One day of camp they sneak away to have an adventure
Sep 30, 2011 Marie rated it really liked it
I really liked the cover of the book when I was a teen and picked it up. I was very satisfied and extremely surprised with the ending. I usually already guess the ending halfway through a book but this one was sublime and totally unexpected. It's a good book to take to the beach or camp if you're going on a vacation. The writing style was clear and it's a fast read.
Vickie Wilson
Reviews also on posted on my blog - Under The Mountain

I picked up Boy Heaven expecting a cool, creepy campfire read, filled with heart-pounding moments and lots of suspense. And probably a lot of running around a forest. Sadly, I couldn't be more wrong. This story would be better marketed as 'Vapid girl's non-adventures at cheerleading camp with a random twist at the end.'

The way the story is told is very slow. Pages and pages of thoughts from Kristy, who was determined to tell us everything ab
Carly Patterson
Aug 24, 2014 Carly Patterson rated it really liked it
Boy Heaven is a great urban legend/spooky book to read.

The first time I read this book I was terrified to sleep alone. I couldn't read it at night, only in the daytime and with all the lights on.

It's such a great book though. When it first starts out at a sleepaway camp it seems like your average camp book, but as you get into it becomes a creepy cautionary tale. Then you reach the end and it just gets to the creepiest level that it can reach (which is creepy). It is definitely the end part that
Jennifer Wardrip
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Seventeen-year-old Kristy Sweetland is a pretty, blonde cheerleader away for the summer at cheer camp. Bored out of her mind, Kristy and her best friend, Desiree, join up with fellow camper Kristi to skip the cheer camp practices and hit Lovers Lake. Perfect, sunny days do not happen often, so why waste the chance to get a good tan and chill on the beach?

The girls stop at a sketchy gas station to fuel up on diet sodas and candy bars. Of course, the th
Oct 06, 2010 Susan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of urban legends, camp stories
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Emma Mcknight
Dec 03, 2014 Emma Mcknight rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
After having read 'The Raising' by Laura Kasischke (which I thought was fantastic), I was really excited to read more of her work, so started with this one.

I have noticed that Laura Kasischke has an excellent way of writing that allows her to switch between tenses so smoothly that the whole story comes together seamlessly. The text is also, as often mentioned about her work, very poetic, giving her novels a unique and lyrical characteristic.

As much as I liked this book, I am afraid to say that I
Sep 26, 2010 Andrea rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Kasischke's lush, sensory descriptions make this young adult novel both luminous and eerie. "Boy Heaven" is one part ghost story, one part coming-of-age, and one part urban legend.

Here's a sample of her lovely prose, describing three teenage girls driving on a summer day in a Mustang convertible with the top down: "The sky was clean and blue and crossed with frothy jet trails and meandering clouds. As we drove, the breeze made a smothering whoosh around us, and the air smelled like a Pink Pearl
Rhonda Filipan
Apr 25, 2013 Rhonda Filipan rated it liked it
Kasischke's writing is lyrical, and it's easy to see that she's a poet. I loved her novel "The Life Before Her Eyes," so I thought I'd give "Boy Heaven," her first and only young adult adult novel (YA) a shot. Be forwarned: the ending (that last chapter) is quite surprising, and I can see why some critics called it a narrative trick that would make readers feel cheated. Instead, try to remember that the novel was written for older teens (i.e. profanity and sex), so this ending may be suitable fo ...more
Stephanie A.
The cover is wonderful at depicting what the story is on the surface: candy-bright summer fun, carefree, irresponsible teenagers sneaking out of camp for a few hours, with flashbacks to how two of them knew each other before as well as how they interact at camp. It makes you forget the prologue, which tells you this book is a scary story told around campfires - until the boys they flashed on the road start stalking them, and it escalates into an extremely dark and unnerving ending. It's an image ...more
Katie Cooper
Feb 16, 2011 Katie Cooper rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. I was completely unprepared for the kind of writing the story told within the pages because the cover is just plain awful. I would NEVER have picked this book up based on the cover alone but I read a review of it that made me curious. I've never felt like a book needed a different cover (and maybe title) more than this book does. It's just so incongruous with the story and it is a fantastic story. Kasischke's writing is beautiful and unexpected and the story is so diffe ...more
This is NOT a young adult book. C'est un livre par Laura Kasischke qui, une fois encore, fait une critique cinglante d'un aspect de la vie américaine. Ici, en l'occurrence, la superficialité des relations adUlescentes sur fond de cheerleadisme et l'égocentrisme qui frappe les jeunes filles "bien-comme-il-faut" ou "à-ne-pas-fréquenter" issues de la sacro-sainte middle-class. Une critique aussi de l'insouciance des jeunes (ah oui, laissez-les vivre dans l'insouciance) mais dont les choix insoucian ...more
Apr 23, 2013 Mee rated it did not like it
Definitely hted how there were these mini-stories in about ALL parts of a single chapter. First it would be about the present and then suddenly flashes into a past back story about whatever, then it would all be confusing if it's back in the present or it's still in the past, and then there would be MORE stories that aren't even connected to the story in focus!! Seriously? That's just so confusing.

So this story was actually quite unexpected, and it was at the same time predictable. It was a sur
Ariane Ducut
Can somebody please read this and tell me if there were plot holes?
Jun 26, 2015 Jill rated it it was amazing
Love the way she writes - beautiful imagery.
Nov 06, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it
A couple of gorgeous, rich girls at cheerleader camp have an encounter with some boys who aren't quite what they seem. This is not my kind of book (cheerleader camp?), but it came highly recommended by a young friend of mine. This is the same young friend who insisted I read the Pretty Little Liars series, which was also not exactly the most fun I've ever had. Sigh...eventually I'll learn.

Three stars is generous, but the rating is influenced by the fact that the target audience is half my age an
Mar 05, 2011 Kristina rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
Okay so this book wasn't as scary as I expected it to be. It was pretty slow in some parts, but the ending was good. I didn't really understand the point of the flashbacks of the main character, they were more annoying than anything. It's kind of your typical story of 2 high school friends and something happens and they drift apart. I will say that I definitely didn't predict the ending. I would give this 2.5, I so wish goodreads had half stars!
May 08, 2008 Sara rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adults, adults, summer camp veterans
Shelves: favorites
I would never have guessed that I would get swept up in a book called Boy Heaven, but I just couldn't help myself. I felt so much emotional connection to the protagonist -- I completely understood and believed her inner narrative. This is a simple story but beautiful story. I am really surprised that someone who publishes as often as Kasischke can keep the quality this high, and I'm planning on reading more Kasischke in the future.

Genesis Blue
Nov 16, 2012 Genesis Blue rated it did not like it
I can only describe Boy Heaven as a meandering read. This book would be about 3 pages long if just the plot was covered. Instead, there are dozens of tangents and flashbacks that have nothing to do with the story and seem to serve no other purpose than to make the book longer.

The idea was good, the title Boy Heaven has nothing to do with anything, really, except at the end of the book and overall, it was just not that exciting.
J'ai passé le du roman à me demander où l'auteur voulait en venir. Je ne comprenais pas trop le pourquoi du comment de cette histoire. Je voyais la fin arriver à grand pas sans y déceler le moindre dénouement, jusqu'à cette scène finale… J'avoue, j'ai été bluffée. Ce n'est pas l'œuvre du siècle, mais un petit roman bien sympathique et aussi angoissant qu'une histoire de peur racontée autour d'un feu de camp!

Feb 23, 2009 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2009
Kasischke can do no wrong in my eyes... this IS a young adult book (which I happen to enjoy no matter how old I get, so there) but even though the target audience is significantly younger and more immature than the readers of her previous works, the writing is gorgeous. Creepy, ethereal, uncomfortable, and beautiful... I read this all in one sitting the other morning. An hour well spent.
Jun 22, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
As always, Kasischke's descriptive writing is sensory and poetic and dead-on-the-money. Despite having read an interminable number of stories set at summer camps, I have never encountered an author who gets the feelings, sights, and smells as right as Kasischke. The story? Slow-burning but ultimately enjoyable. A solid YA read, even if I prefer the ominous set-up of "Feathered".
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Megan no h
Cover Story: Misleading
BFF Charm: No Thanks
Swoonworthy Scale: 0
Talky Talk: Pure Poetry
Bonus Factor: Summer Camp
Relationship Status: And Now For Something Completely Different

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Jan 11, 2012 Jenna rated it it was ok
I wanted an easy read and a trip down Teen Novel Memory Lane, so I borrowed this from a friend. I suppose I got what I asked for, but not much else. Nothing about this story was especially interesting or intriguing, the main characters were obnoxious, and basically, nothing happens. It was like a script from "Are You Afraid of the Dark?" but longer and less entertaining.
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Laura Kasischke (born 1961) is an American fiction writer and American poet with poetry awards and multiple well reviewed works of fiction. Her work has received the Juniper Prize, the Alice Fay di Castagnola Award from the Poetry Society of America, the Pushcart Prize, the Elmer Holmes Bobst Award for Emerging Writers, and the Beatrice Hawley Award. She is the recipient of two fellowships from th ...more
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