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Boys, Bears, and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots by Abby McDonald
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Mar 31, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: arc, would-recommend

Plot Sketch: Jenna is a pivotal member of the student-run Green Teen organization at her high school in New Jersey. She looks out for nature in any way she can, and even sports an oh so controversial Greenpeace tee. Her best friend, Olivia is also part of the group. When Jenna's parents decide to spend the summer apart, and by apart we mean continents apart, Jenna gets stuck in the middle. Not wanting to spend her summer thinking about the potential consequences of her parents' separation, she begs to be able to visit her godmother, Susie, in Canada. She finally gets her parents' consent and heads off on an adventure in a small town in the Canadian Rockies. She starts off by being picked up hours late and making a horrible first impression with the boys, but sets out on a journey that helps her learn what nature really is all about, and that journey helps her mature enough to deal with things on the homefront.

Verdict: BOYS, BEARS, AND A SERIOUS PAIR OF HIKING BOOTS is a fast read, one that I found quite enjoyable. I have strong opinions about environmentalism and nature, and was worried that politics might creep into the story. I was very happy to see that they didn't, and that the story was more of a coming-of-age tale than anything. There were a few points that I didn't feel were wrapped up nicely (mostly re: Olivia), which I hope means we'll hear more about Jenna in another book. If not, then I'm a little disappointed, but not overly so. I'm still thinking about the characters in this story, even after reading three books since I've put this one down. I think the characters were done beautifully, but as I said before would have liked to have seen some more finality in some of the plot pieces. Overall though, I would recommend this to you. This is a nice break from paranormal lit, especially since there are several romantically squee-worthy passages. I especially adored the passages where she used the wilderness survival guide as a guide to life, they were great!

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