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Sleepaway Girls (Whispering Pines #1)

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  4,360 Ratings  ·  316 Reviews
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, ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jan 19, 2012 Ari rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have read this book 4 times now, and loved it every time. Of course, I am almost 14, so I get a different view of novels than some people. I fell in love with all the characters and the twisted romances. I did like how there was subtle humor through-out the book.

This is about a teenage girl whos best friend get's her first boyfriend and is with him all the time. Sam decides she doesn't want to be around that all summer, so she decides to goes to a sleepaway camp for the first time and learns
Lola  Reviewer
I had so much fun reading this book the first time, three years ago, that I really wanted to re-read it. I usually don't re-read a book because:

a) I have to many books in my to-read shelf waiting for me

b) It's a little risky since I can find flaws I didn't see back then


c) I sometimes find annoying reading a book in which I already know everything that will happen.

So I picked it up again and...

It was still the amazing book I read three years ago!! It entertained me and made me laugh and feel a
it's not that the book is bad or so-so, i enjoyed reading it, it's just that it is so cliché that i kept thinking you could switch the mean girl's name, Ashley, for Tess, aka mean girl in Camp Rock, and nobody could see the diference. and during a big part of the book i was expecting them to jump out and start to sing or something v.v

probably the main problem is that i never had the oportunity to go to a camp, but this book fulfills every cliché and stereotype i've ever seen in american teen mov
Mar 11, 2009 GirlwiththeBraids rated it it was amazing
Samantha Montgomery doesn’t want to deal with her best friend this summer, especially since all she does is cuddle with her “pookie” little boy friend. Sam decides to go to sleep away camp; her first time ever and she is going to work as a counselor-in-training. She soon makes a small group of friends that care about her and want to bring the vicious, popular Ashley down on her knees. From the first day Sam arrived at camp, Ashley has been terrorizing her so why not get her back? Within her days ...more
Jun 11, 2014 Jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a lover of camp, when I saw this book at my library, I just had to pick it up. I was surprised to find this an actually intriguing book about camp and not too much like the rest. I fell in love with the characters, and this book put me through so many emotions. I've been reading this book non-stop all day, probably the most time I've ever spent on any book (besides tfios and the traveling pants series). This is an amazing light summer read, and it has put me in the camp spirit; I'm leaving ...more
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Apr 04, 2011 Courtney rated it liked it
Meh, this book was just ok. I think it's a little younger than what I'm used to reading. I love YA, but this was a bit cheesy. I liked how it was a light summer read. I liked that there was some summer romance, but the whole 'togetherness' with Sam's new friends was a bit much. I think younger readers would really like it. I would have loved having friends I was that close to at that age too. The idea of being at a summer camp all summer was very appealing to. That was something I always wanted ...more
Sarah Rosenberger
May 11, 2009 Sarah Rosenberger rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: teens looking for a clean, romantic summer read
Sleepaway Girls piles overdone cliche on top of overdone cliche, and tops it all off with hokey pop-culture references & absurdly self-aware psychobabble (witness the fifteen year-old girl earnestly telling her friends "I'm a people pleaser...").

It is incredibly unbelievable in parts (at one point, dozens of people fail to recognize a girl they've spent the last 7 weeks living with because she has painted red circles on her cheeks & put on a yarn wig. Puh-leez!) and by the second chapte
May 17, 2009 Caitlin rated it really liked it
It was kind of mix between Camp Rock and a tad The Parent Trap. Except without the Rock and switching twins thing. It was pretty good though. Had some originality. Could be better. Fast and easy read.
Cemara Dinda (Me and the Bookshelf Life)
When I found this book at the store, I was actually in the midst of my summer holidays. So I thought, why not? I should buy a book with a really summery feel to it. And I'm so glad that I bought Sleepaway Girls. So, from the synopsis above you could already see what the story is all about! Summer Camp! There's Sam Montgomery, your average fifteen year old girl in her summer holiday. She has a best friend who apparently has found a new boyfriend and she hated feeling left out. Sam loves her, but ...more
May 08, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Product Details

* Pub. Date: May 2010
* Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
* Format: Paperback, 297pp
* Sales Rank: 79,899
* Age Range: Young Adult

* ISBN-13: 9780316017183
* ISBN: 0316017183

Sam decides that she is going to be a CIT (counselor in training) at a sleepaway camp called Whispering Pines because her best friend, the one that she does everything for, has a boyfriend that makes Sam feel like a third wheel. She is at a disadvantage though because she knows no one and everyo
Feb 21, 2009 Yan rated it it was ok
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Mar 14, 2012 Tori rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Clique; girls under the age of 14
Shelves: pre-teen, read-2012
Ha! I wish I could go back to those days when all that was troublesome was what I was going to wear and what to say the mean girl down the block. naive and innocent.

Anyways, I saw this book in a magazine when I was thirteen and I recently saw it on my library's website. So I just thought, hey? Why not?...Wow has my taste in books changed.

Obviously this book is meant for thirteen to fourteen year old girls. I'm pretty sure anyone younger could even read this. There was absolutely no mod
Aug 10, 2010 Erin rated it really liked it
This was a very cute and fun read. A perfect summer, easy-breezy novel. If you have ever gone away to a summer camp, or dreamed of doing it then you will love this book. It reminded me a lot of when I was younger and went to a 3 week long summer camp for a bunch of summers in a row. All the activites were there and plenty of friends and mean girls and not to mention hunky boys.
At 1st I was sort of annoyed, by how simple and shallow some of the characters seemed, but then I had to take a step bac
Rebecca McNutt
I've never been one for romance novels (my idea of a great summer camp story is the 1983 slasher film Sleepaway Camp), and this book to me was kind of corny. You remember that VHS tape dating service fad? No? Yes? Do I sound old? Well anyway, this book reminded me very much of those tapes, and not in a retro nostalgic way, either. :(
Jan 29, 2015 Veronika rated it really liked it
I've been at a camp just two times in my life and I didn't like it so much. But I actually really enjoyed reading this book ;-) It was pretty funny and I like the story. Sleepaway girls make me think that being a counselor-in-training at a summer camp could be really great! <3
Dec 14, 2012 Cecilia rated it it was amazing
Really entertaining! Couldn't put this book down!
Mar 09, 2013 Jordan rated it it was amazing
I have my glasses on, hair fixed and smell faintly of bleach from just finishing up the kitchen – I’m ready for another Book Review! Whooo, snaps for Jordan! :) I was just sitting around listening to Ke$ha (for the umpteenth time) when I thought why not?! I was considering doing one every Friday, but honestly I am not a fast reader. I would have to do past books and would probably be talking about Romeo and Juliet’s last and final act instead of the current topic at hand let’s say, Andrew Clemet ...more
Jan 18, 2017 Mirabelle rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2nd-quarter
Sleepaway Girls was actually very good. I actually judged a book by it's cover and thought it would be boring. But, I was definetely proven wrong! This may sound like a classic sleepaway story, but it was different, it had a more unique storyline. Overall, I think that people who want to learn about a sleepaway experience should read this!
Alaina R
Oct 06, 2016 Alaina R rated it really liked it
In the book Sleepaway Girls, a girl named Sam finds herself in a little pickle. Her best friend had just gotten a boyfriend, and she does NOT want to third wheel this time around and hear them call each other "Pookie". So, in high hopes, she signs up for a C.I.T (a Counselor in Training) thinking it will be a nice, easy summer job. She finally gets there and sees two boys. She meets the "Famous" (That's what all the girls say anyway) Hunter and Cole. Then there's Em, Her NEW best friend, and Ash ...more
Oct 08, 2016 Olivia rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book and there was a lot of connections I made with the book it is a good teen read
Dec 15, 2016 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite
Sleepaway Girls By: Jen Calonita
When Sam's best friend gets her first boyfriend and Sam does not want to spend the entire summer listening to them call each other names. Sam did not want to spend the entire summer third wheeling her friends dates. So she decided to apply for counselor in training at a summer camp called Whispering Pine camp in New York. Sam thinks that it will be fun and games at summer camp but that's not exactly how it goes.
This book is really good and super interesting. It
Feb 09, 2009 Lauren rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Initial Thoughts After Finishing: Such a cute read! Jen should definitely write another one featuring these characters!

Official Review:

After all these dark, deary, and snowy days in the Northeast, I've been looking for a read that would take me to the season I love the most: summer. And thankfully enough, Jen Calonita's Sleepaway Girls was just the read, because not only did it take place during the glorious and beautiful summer, but it was a funny and adorable read that I just could not get eno
Reading this book, it was an experience I can only really describe as re-discovering Jen Calonita for the first time.

I love Calonita's SECRETS OF MY HOLLYWOOD life series. It's fun, fresh and has just enough drama to keep me occupied--while not being obsessively bratty or annoying, which is a feat in and of itself. Not only that, but I love the way that Calonita writes through Kaitlin.

However, when I read SLEEPAWAY GIRLS--it's almost as if I'm reading a story from a whole new author. There's sli
Mar 17, 2015 Valerie rated it liked it
Shelves: library-books
Sleepaway Girls was a fun, but sometimes embarrassing read. I have to admit, even though I was most definitely not the target audience, I still somewhat enjoyed this fast read. Plus, I always wanted to go to sleep away camp, but instead I was stuck with computer camp, speech camp (???), and yeah. But hey I did go to the outdoors YMCA camp! So even though I have no idea what it means to be a counselor, I think that's the closest I can get.

Whispering Pines is a camp in Upstate New York, and it's a
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Mar 15, 2009 Sharon rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, own
I wasn’t sure what to except from Sleepaway Girls. I’ve never been away to camp or read any books that take place at a sleep away camp. So, I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to relate to Sleepaway Girls at all . I was pleasantly surprised! Sleepaway Girls was a really cute and fun book to read.

I found Sam to be a very likable and relatable character. Sam is a people pleaser who has a very hard time saying no to people. All of Sam’s friendships before going away to camp involved her doing wha
Elizabeth  Mullins
Apr 17, 2015 Elizabeth Mullins rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015-reviews
My Review: I think the main reason I was drawn to this book, was that it was set at camp. I have never been been, the closest I have ever got was watching the Friday the 13th franchise, which oddly enough is the reason I wanted to go to summer camp in the first place. Weird, I know, but at this point it should not come as a shock to anyone.

Anyway, Sam is finally doing something for herself this summer, and that's attending Whispering Pines CIT program (which apparently stands for Counselor In Tr
Sep 21, 2016 Olivia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing!!!

This book was awesome!! It really made me want to go to summer camp! I definitely think that any girl should read this book!
May 24, 2009 Tasha rated it liked it
Sam is not crazy about spending the summer as a third wheel, with her best friend Mal and her new boyfriend listening to the sounds of “pookie” and “sweetie.” Looking for a way to get out, Sam finds a job as a counselor-in-training at Whispering Pines camp in the New York Catskills. Never having been to camp before she expects a somewhat idyllic experience, but what she gets is something she would never have guessed in a million years.

When Sam gets to camp things start to go downhill fast and s
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I'm Jen Calonita, a YA author who loves what I do because it lets me connect with all of you (and no, I wasn't intending for that to rhyme!).

I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it was fourth grade when I put my "three wishes" for a genie down on paper. They were:
#1. Buy all the Cabbage Patch Kids in the world and give them away for free (because apparently that was how I
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