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Sleepaway Girls (Whispering Pines #1)

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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,
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Hardcover, 297 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Ari
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
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Lola
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

and

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
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papalbina
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
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GirlwiththeBraids
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
Jenna
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
Arminzerella
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Courtney
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 15, 2009 Sarah Rosenberger rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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Caitlin
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.
Erin
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
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Tori
Mar 30, 2012 Tori rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the Clique; girls under the age of 14
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. Ahh...so 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
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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
Yan
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Jennifer
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
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Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Well I've never been to camp and refused to go. The thought of not taking a shower and being around bugs always made me growl as a kid. But after reading this book, lets go to camp right now! Samantha went to camp to be a counselor in training and gets alot more than that. She gets enemies, and new friends, along with a hot new crush. I really enjoyed this book, I read it in 2 days. Sat up late one night reading when I should have been sleeping. She starts to crush on one guy than r ...more
Veronika
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
Jennifer
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Mahek Manji
I think this book called Sleepaway Girls is a really good book because it shows how a girls can over came her fears of being social and talking to new people. When Sam came's to summer camp she doesn't know anyone and doesn't know how to be a concealer because its her first year. Also while shes facing make new friends she has two other problems one being that everywhere you go theirs always going to be a bad person no one in life is good however they can be good but they choose not to. Also wh ...more
Valerie
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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Emily
Sleepaway Girls is a story about a fifteen-year-old girl named Sam Montgomery who applies to be a CIT at an upstate New York sleepaway camp called Whispering Pines when her best friend Mal gets a new clingy boyfriend. She thinks she's safe until another CIT named Ashley starts going after her. Meanwhile, Sam befriends three girls named Emily, Court, and Grace, and the four call themselves the Sleepaway Girls, recording talk sessions late at night with Sam's camcorder. Sam also develops a crush o ...more
Jaclyn Kennedy
Sleepaway Girls, a book full of drama and heartbreak. My first impression of this book wasn't the best. It didn't seem like my type of book. But I couldn't resist reading it, and I'm glad I did. You can't judge a book by its cover.

It starts off with a girl who is attending camp. She begins her summer hoping to meet new people and avoid any love interests, but of course, she does find one. Throughout the story, you she finds herself stuck in the middle of every situation. This is what causes all
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Cecilia
Really entertaining! Couldn't put this book down!
Lauren
Feb 19, 2011 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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Sharon
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
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Erika
To avoid spending the summer being a third wheel to her best friend and best friend's boyfriend, Sam Montgomery packs her bags to be a Counselor-In-Training at Whispering Pines sleepaway camp. There she immediately crushes on the camp hottie Hunter who seems to like her too. Ashley, the camp It-Girl, however, will not tolerate Sam's sudden rush of attention. She will do everything she can to make Sam's camp life miserable. Luckily Sam meets some amazing girls and ends up having the best summer o ...more
Shalonda
Mix one part romance, two parts friendship, and a whole lot of drama and you have the recipe that is Sleepaway Girls! This book is a perfect start to the summer!

Sleepaway Girls is one of the most fun books I've read in a long time. I was entertained throughout the entire novel and found myself laughing out loud!

From Sam's encounters with Hunter and Cole to the first prank, this novel never skipped a beat. I was so captivated by this book's brilliance that I was cheering for Sam and the other Sle
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Deltay
Dec 27, 2010 Deltay rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
*3.5 stars

With Sleepaway Girls Jen Calonita has crafted a fun and entertaining read.

Sleepaway Girls is a YA contemporary with the typical cast of a bunch of girls and a couple guy love interests - so of course drama ensues. Unlike some of its Gossip Girl-esque counterparts though, the ones here are a little more real. With less focus on the materialistic (it takes place out in the boonies!), there's more room to focus in on the characters.

It's great to see each character have distinctive attribu
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Joyce
the first whole half of the book felt like a pep-talk. I kid you not. I started this book hoping for hi-jinxes, hilarious camp pranks, and romance. Instead I got... a chick flick with awful dialogue. The characters all talk the same! there is no characterization through speech in this book whatsoever. The characters aren't well defined at all, there were the good characters and the bad characters. character options: awesome or awful. I feel like this book promised a lot more than it gave.I do fe ...more
Sara
Deciding she needs to get away from her best friend and her best friend's boyfriend for the summer, our heroine Sam snags a job as a counselor-in-training (CIT) at a summer camp. Sam's a total pushover, especially at first, but easy to like and identify with. The reigning queen of camp, Ashley, sets out to make Sam's camp experience miserable, but Sam tries to ignore her and focus on the good things going on: there are interesting guys there, plus she meets a number of awesome girls and quickly ...more
Rebecca
From the author who brought me my new favorite YA series, comes another book. Not sure if this is going to be a series or not, but I didn't love it as much, so I kind of hope not. A total kid-friendly setting, which if I was 12 and reading this book, I would have been so gaga over it! But as an adult, meh. Too perfect, to wishful thinking and of course for me, too many characters.

Girl finally takes control of her life and heads to camp for the summer when her bestie back home gets a boyfriend an
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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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