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Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots

3.74  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,175 Ratings  ·  244 Reviews
Can a boy-hungry Jersey girl survive the wilds of Canada with her eco-identity intact? A witty new YA novel from the author of SOPHOMORE SWITCH.

Jenna may hail from the ’burbs of New Jersey, but Green Teen activism is her life. So when her mom suggests they spend the summer at Grandma’s Florida condo, Jenna pleads instead to visit her hippie godmother, Susie, up in rural Ca
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 13th 2010 by Candlewick Press
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Oct 20, 2009 Wendy rated it liked it
None of you who know me will be surprised that this book caught my eye on a table of ARCs. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a suburban-style environmentalist encountering small-town British Columbia. It's chick-lit to the max, and Jenna's super-perky voice can be hard to handle, but the supporting characters are interesting, real, and well-drawn. I loved that it took place in actual identifiable British Columbia instead of miscellaneous blandsville. I don't think we have enough books that high ...more
Mar 30, 2010 April rated it really liked it
Boys, Bears, And A Serious Pair Of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald is pretty much exactly what it appears to be, a cute book about a girl who goes into the wilderness. To be honest, I thought this book did an excellent job of serving it's purpose. It kept me entertained, I awwwwed in the right places, and definitely enjoyed the romance as well as the twists.
Read the rest of my review here
Apr 26, 2010 Liz rated it liked it
Shelves: romance, young-adult
After reading this book, I am a big fan of McDonald's writing style. Her ironic humor really sat well with me. The characters were very believable and did not seem forced (with the exception of Olivia... a rather minor character). And the moral of the story is shown without forcing it down the throats of readers.

So why did I give this book 3 stars? There were two things that really did not sit well with me. 1) A main character undergoes a major attitude shift in the book, but it happens too com
Christina (Reading Extensively)
Jenna is a die hard member of Green Teen, her high school's conservation activist group. When faced with a summer at her grandmother's Florida retirement community, Jenna convinces her parents to let her go stay with her godmother Susie in Canada. This is her chance to put her eco-friendly ideals to work as Jenna tries to convince Susi's family and friends about the importance of conservation. Unfortunately the Stillwater community does not feel the same way, especially Susi's unfriendly stepdau ...more
Laziness strikes again and thus I don't see myself writing a proper review for this because. Just because. So you'll have to deal with whatever this turns out to be. (Nothing new here.)

I don't know why I picked up Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots. Seriously. I mean, considering that McDonald's Dangerous Girls made me feel quite rage-y, you would think I'd never read something by her again or at least take a little break before doing so. But no, no. That's just not how my brain wor
Lori (Pure Imagination)
Mar 11, 2010 Lori (Pure Imagination) rated it it was amazing
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This is one of those books. One that I pick up thinking it will be fluff and a quick mindless read. This is also one of those books that I was really wrong about! I should really stop having these preconceptions but then what fun would it be when a book really surprises me? Because that's what this book did.

In the blurb up there it says "Can a boy-hungry Jersey girl survive the wilds of Canada" I think that is what threw me off about this book. I was expecting a boy crazy, eco obsessed girl. Tha
I was really impressed with Abby McDonald's Getting Over Garrett Delaney (as shown in my review), so I snagged her debut novel, hoping for a some more good chick lit.

Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots is really about this Green Teen named Jenna who is an environmentalist extraordinaire. Jenna goes to live with her godmother for the summer and is all ready to paint the town with solar panels and recycling campaign when she meets real nature people. It sounded like a pretty hilarious
Lindsey Russell
I think the only thing I really disliked about this book was the views environmentalism? I get that the author was trying to show you can help the environment, but people matter too, or something, and that's great and something I agree with! I just didn't care much for the way she went about it. I got the vibes that she was almost putting down environmentalism. As if she was saying "it isn't as important as you think" and I didn't much agree with that. I do see how Olivia was a little too extrem ...more
Apr 29, 2010 Carla rated it it was ok
When you first pick up a book, it's all exicitng, you get to meet these new characters your going to spend hours getting to know. You feel all giddy inside and nervious about how the book is going to speak to you as a reader. This is how this book made me feel for the first hundred pages. For the main part, I loved the beginning, the girl travelling to the wilderness, the scenery almost coming to life on the page, the new characters you want to be friends with. But then, it just flipped. I start ...more
Jun 19, 2011 Kerri rated it liked it
Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots is a fun quick read. I enjoyed the many crazy situations that the main character Jenna finds herself in and the positive way that she faces each scenario head on. I also liked that she was a green teen but found that her hardcore environmentalist attitude was a little unbelievable for someone so young. I might have believed it had her parents been green enthusiasts and acting as her role models but they weren't and the book never really explains wh ...more
Apr 12, 2010 Raquel rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-for-work
I was a very environmentally-minded teen. I majored in Marine & Environmental Science at my vocational High School and was even co-president of the Environmental Science club. I was big into wolves, the World Wild Life fund, hiking, conservation, recycling, etc. Unlike Jenna, the protagonist of this book, I was into nature AND into environmentalism. You can't really separate the two. And Jenna did. Her enthusiasm arose out of a need to protest; to be passionate about something.

I wouldn't hav
Jan 30, 2015 Abby rated it really liked it
This book wasn't just a love story. It was more than that. It was a story of a girl trying to find herself. In a way she is scared but she overcomes it. I love how the author didn't really focus on love with a boy as much as love for her family. When you thought it would be a book about a girl being cute with someone you are wrong. It's much more than that.m
I recommend it to everyone who wants to read it. There will be a part everyone like and you will hope for another book.
Kayla Klives
Apr 21, 2015 Kayla Klives rated it really liked it
Me ha sorprendido y mucho, para bien :33. Lo recomiendo porque tiene un inglés asequible y me ha sacado de una sequía lectora, además de que me ha ayudado a desconectar
Dove G
Apr 03, 2016 Dove G rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! It was a quick read- I read it in one day! It took me about 2-3 sittings! I really liked the writing style of this book. There was a lot of dry jokes which really enhanced the storyline and made it more enjoyable. The characters were quirky, awkward, and unique. I really liked how it wasn't like every other contemporary novel because the main character was this "Green Teen" and I honestly don't know any other Green Teen. This means her way of thinking was different th ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Hayaisreading rated it it was amazing
Boys, Bears and a serious pair of hiking boots by Abby McDonald
Apr 13, 2015 Emilia rated it really liked it
Laughs, cuteness, and a cast of wonderful characters

This was such an adorable and fun read! I loved the whole Green Teen element and the lesson she learned about what it really means to make a difference. Being the President of my schools Green Team, I know how hard it is to make eco-friendly changes. I've learnt just as Jenna did that it's not about changing everything, but compromising. Just making something a little more environmentally friendly is an accomplishment.

The writing was adorabl
Denise Books, Histories and Secrets
Jenna freut sich auf einen Sommer bei ihrer Patentante in Kanada: Natur pur, süße Jungs in Holzfällerhemden und das alles ganz weit weg von der Ehekrise ihrer Eltern. Doch womit sie nicht gerechnet hat sind Aug-in-Auge-Begegnungen mit Elchen und noch größeren Tieren, die unausstehliche Stieftochter von Tante Susie und dass der süße Reeve sie für eine planlose Großstadttussi hält …
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Jun 11, 2014 Judy rated it liked it
A cute, fluffy ready about an environmentalist city girl and how she gets to know people in small town British Columbia. I like the idea of "city environmentalism" with the purchasing of organic produce and solar panels and biking everywhere, compared to the realism of life in a struggling small town in real wilderness. I actually liked how she was annoyingly outspoken and that this trait resulted in both good and bad consequences. How refreshing to read about a teenage girl who actually tells a ...more
Elyse Cabrera
Apr 23, 2014 Elyse Cabrera rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. Finished it in two days! That usually means, at least for me, the book held my attention and was surprisingly good! (I'm a slow reader..)

I definitely did not expect the book to go the way it did but I am glad. I totally judge books by their covers.. So looking at this coving I thought it was going to be something like a young girl going away to camp and she meets a boy and they have a little summer fling. But, even though she did meet someone, it was mostly about the
Alaska Rue
Jul 03, 2015 Alaska Rue rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book. I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, and I know just how beautiful this province of Canada is, so I love that McDonald dedicated a young adult book to the wonderful nature of BC. I totally understood Jenna's arc of character development, and loved how she became more mature about environmental issues once she got more exposed to the 'real' world - unless her ex-best friend, who was a COMPLETE BEYOTCH. I felt so bad for Ethan... I liked how the book ended, not wrap ...more
Jul 17, 2014 Brianna rated it really liked it
I loved that Jenna was someone concerned with helping the environment and so that's why I wanted to see what Abby McDonald did with these characters. Her best friend Olivia started out nice and like able but by the end I hated her so much. Jenna picks going to her godmothers house in Canada rather than spend the summer in Florida with her mother at her grandmothers retirement home,and boy was that a good move.
I liked how Jenna really matured thru the book and became much more love able to me. Al
Satz mit X - das war wohl nix.

Ich habe schon lange kein Buch mehr gelesen, in dem wirklich fast alle Charaktere so unsympathisch fand. Jenna setzt sich für die Umwelt ein, hat aber keine Ahnung wie die Welt wirklich funktioniert. Ihre Naivität hat mich so genervt und dann immer wieder diese öklogische Blabla. Olivia hat dem ganzen dann noch die Krone aufgesetzt, der hätte ich am liebsten einge gescheuert. Das Verhalten der Jungs war ebenfalls unmöglich, zum Glück wurde es zum Ende hin etwas bess
May 28, 2014 Nian rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014, did-not-finish
Abby McDonald's books are a hit and miss with me. I read Sophomore Switch and thought it was okay, but then a year or so later, I picked up Getting Over Garrett Delaney and it WOWED me. It was just sooo good, completely realistic and contemporary and it made me feel for the characters, all of them.

BBSPHB didn't do anything for me, unfortunately. It's got a cute and unique premise, but the characters are pretty inconsistent, and the boys are flatttt. I didn't care for Reeve at all. I didn't feel
Danielle G
Mar 13, 2015 Danielle G rated it really liked it
3.75 stars.
Miranda Kenneally
Apr 23, 2011 Miranda Kenneally rated it really liked it
I <3 quest novels.
Jan 15, 2016 Kayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
Abby McDonald delivers a light, fun summery read about a 'Green Teen' who encounters nature for the first time. New Jersey suburbanite, Jenna, is forced to give up her dream summer of environmental activism and an eco-internship, and settle for spending it at her hip godmother's new home in the Canadian wilderness. There, Jenna battles the great outdoors, and her godmother's new stepdaughter, while trying to enjoy her vacation and stay true to what she believes in.

Jenna's new surroundings broad
Nov 21, 2014 Shannon rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2014
This was a cute idea for a book. The pieces were there, but I just ended up feeling kind of underwhelmed by it. I think my biggest problem was how underdeveloped all the different storylines were. Instead of really getting into the issues, it stayed pretty much on the surface level the entire time. For example, (view spoiler). I would rather have had the book spend time on a couple of things as opposed to cr ...more
Tanja Voosen
Oh, Abby McDonald...ich komme nicht umhin zu sagen, dass ich etwas enttäuscht war. Ich fand Summer of Love einfach so toll, dass ich unbedingt das nächste Buch der Autorin hinterher schieben musste und dieses hier ist es dann geworden. Ich mochte das Buch und sein Konzept sehr gerne, aber im großen und ganzen hatte es leider seine Längen. Jenna ist jemand gewesen, mit dem ich nicht sofort warm geworden bin. Sie ist irgendwie ein bisschen Öko/Umwelt mäßig drauf und hat mich damit später ziemlich ...more
Feb 09, 2014 Dayla rated it it was amazing
Short review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald is a fun book that takes place mainly in the wilderness of a small Canadian town. The pages flew by as I immersed myself in this natural world of adventure, misadventure, romance, coming of age experiences, and friendship.

Being a Canadian, I'm sometimes offended by the stereotypical representation of people from Canada, but I wasn't offended at all by this one. The characters
Jun 03, 2010 Debbie rated it really liked it
Green Teen activist, Jenna, convinces her parents to let her go visit her godmother, Susie, in rural Canada in order to avoid spending her summer in Florida with her grandmother and the rest of her grandmother’s elderly friends. She is convinced that she will be able to commune with nature and view all of the things she has been fighting to protect. Jenna quickly finds that it’s not what she was expecting as she encounters bears, moose, her godmother’s goth step-daughter and a trio of handsome t ...more
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“I don't ever think about death. Not really, no more than a flicker of anxiety when I'm trying to merge on the highway or watching a news clip about some unfortunate girl my age. Even then, those are vague, passing ideas - not forty feet away with razor-sharp claws and angry teeth. But standing here, shaking with fear, I suddenly grasp the truth of it: the blood racing in my veins, the sharp tingle of my chilled skin, the intensity of every breath. This is my life.” 1 likes
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