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Camp by Elaine Wolf
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Jun 15, 2012

it was amazing
Read in June, 2012

I love this book! CAMP is so well written, and it's a great story. I couldn't put it down. But CAMP is more than just a terrific read; it also highlights the serious problem of bullying that is so prevalent in camps and schools. As a psychotherapist and a director of a group practice that specializes in working with teenagers and their parents, I see many teens who have been bullied. Wolf's description is right on - no more is it just "You're fat and your mother wears combat boots." The psychological and emotional toll of bullying can't be underestimated and Wolf captures the essence of the experience in a story that is both believable and riveting. I believe that CAMP should be required reading for every middle and high school student nationwide, as well as for all teachers, parents, and everyone who works with teenagers...and everyone else! And it would make a fabulous movie. I hope that's in the works.

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message 1: by paula (new)

paula Amy wasn't just "bullied," Rory was torturing her, including sexual assault. This went on for two months, in full knowledge of camp administration, and no one did a damn thing to stop her. How was this a positive thing for Amy or for any kid reading this and going through it? Amy's parents refused to listen to her or to see her as a person, or care for her at all, let alone to protect her. How is this "terrific?" Amy has to pay every minute of her life for the failures and cruelties of others, and not once does anyone really care about and protect Amy. How is this "terrific?" I am not getting all the reviewing stars, because this book just depicted Amy being abused and neglected the whole time, and the only one feeling to blame for all of it. Teasing is one thing, but Rory was psychotic, and that is something else. No child should have to put up with that, and to read that the adults were too busy protecting their own indiscretions to protect the children in their care, was just wrong.

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