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3.54  ·  Rating details ·  325 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
Every secret has a price.

For most girls, sleepaway camp is great fun. But for Amy Becker, it's a nightmare. Amy, whose home life is in turmoil, is sent to Camp Takawanda for Girls for the first time as a teenager. Although Amy swears she hates her German-immigrant mother, who is unduly harsh with Amy's autistic younger brother, Amy is less than thrilled about going to camp
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published June 15th 2012 by Sky Pony Press (first published June 1st 2012)
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Paul  Hankins
Every secret has its price. . .

I am coming out to call Elaine Wolf's CAMP the sleeper hit of the YA genre in 2012. Elaine Wolf has been actively advocating for bullying awareness in the various social media forums. And she has quietly promoting her book, CAMP, while befriending readers at Facebook and Twitter.

Here is a book that isn't coming out to big fanfare. No cardboard cutouts or billboards. It's a quiet kind of promotion. From reader to reader. On the day I received my copy, I noted that
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Grade: D-

In 1962, 14 year old Amy is sent to her uncle's camp for the summer, where she encounters several sociopaths who make her life miserable. The bullies she encounters, including her own cousin, are practically sadists and while there is a hint one girl's troubled family, the whys of her behavior are never explained. Additionally there are family dynamics thrown into the mix to explain her cold mother's behavior that just don't fit the rest of the story.

CAMP could have been a better story
Jun 26, 2012 rated it liked it
An engrossing story about a girl named Amy who comes from a family with a strict immigrant mother, (described as German but actually Jewish), tons of silence and secrets and a mentally challeneged brother. The story takes place in the early 1960's...Amy's uncle buys a girls sleepaway camp and her parents decide to send her for the summer. Unfortunately, she becomes a scapegoat for the camp bully who dreams up an "initiation" where Amy is victimized. The rest of camp is tolerable but Amy is alway ...more
Feb 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
I heard about this book in an email from the author, touting it as a good choice for school summer reading lists and the anti-bullying curriculum. This book was a big miss for me. Too many sensationalized story ideas crammed into 200 pages, writing that was forced and choppy, no flow. I read to the end only because I had to see how the author could wrap this up. Bullying at summer camp is only a small part of this story with an icy mother-daughter relationship more the core. Throw in a mentally ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Camp is a really intense, emotional and slightly eerie story of a girl who uncovers the reasons behind her family's dysfunction, unfolding a mystery in the earlier life of her cold, belittling and emotionally distant mother in particular.

Set in the 60's, the story is about 14 y.o. Amy, her dysfunctional family, and the bullying she deals with at summer camp. I kept wanting to yell at her to stand up for herself, but then I'd remember how difficult it was growing up with an overbearing mother. But Amy eventually finds her voice only to lose something precious to her.

The story's a good one, but unfortunately, the narrator wasn't. She basically read the story with little inflection or emotion.
I had the most fortunate accidental meeting of author Elaine Wolf on Facebook through a mutual friend (none other than Mr. Paul W. Hankins), that has resulted in a developing friendship of mutual respect and support. Elaine is the author of CAMP, a brand new YA novel which she graciously sent to me complete with autograph!!

Although I couldn’t get to reading CAMP right away, my daughter Keri snatched it up and read it in a matter of hours (she devours books almost as fast as I can get them into
Apr 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
You know when you come across one of those books that really makes you stop and think about not only your life, but the way the world is? A book that grabs you and shakes you down to your core. Shakes hard. It's rare, unique, and to be treasured. That is exactly what I found in Camp.
When I first decided to review Camp, I figured it would be some fluffy book about a mother/daughter adventure and a big bonding experience. What I found was far from that. Camp doesn't skim on issues at hand, but
Cindy Hudson
Jul 27, 2012 rated it liked it
When Amy’s Uncle Ed buys Camp Takawanda for Girls in Maine, her dad signs her up for the eight-week summer program even though she doesn’t want to go. Amy’s mother, who is unemotional with Amy, is even harsher with her younger brother, who has autism. Amy knows she needs to stay home to run interference between the two of them, and because Charlie is closely bonded with her.

But when summer comes Amy finds herself on a bus from her home in New Jersey to the woods of Maine, and right away she know
Jun 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It was really hot last night. Without air conditioning, i didn't think I'd be able to sleep. About 11:00 p.m., lying on my bed under the ceiling fan, I picked up my copy of CAMP, opened it, and started reading. Two hours later, I finished.

I read a lot, but I bet the last YA book I read was with my own daughters, several long decades ago, so I'm no expert in this genre. And, as I expected, there was a simplicity of prose and plot. But there's nothing simple about the characters in this book, thei
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Jul 09, 2017 rated it did not like it
In my opinion, this book lacked a number of components that are somewhat vital to a story (where was the conclusion to ALL the events?), dragged on with apparently irrelevant events (never mentioned in the half-baked "conclusion"), and the relationships between characters and their backstories (*cough* Sonia and Amy *cough*) just

First, here's my (humble) opinion on the whole mother-daughter relationship fiasco. Throughout the book, the mother is portrayed as evil. She frequently y
May 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
Although this book was a page turner, I really felt like it was two different stories. The stuff at camp and the secrets after. Although some of the stuff at camp led to the discovery of the secrets, that was not needed. I loved the camp story, but wanted resolution to what happened there. I loved the story that happened after, but did not need the camp stuff in the middle. I wish it was sold as two books. Both stories would need a little fleshing out to be able to completely stand alone, but th ...more
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Jan 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: would-reread
Camp gave me all the emotions. Every single character has a motive and a backstory, and the entire plot is so fleshed out that there isn't any "what the hell" moments of confusion. I definitely had negative feelings towards particular characters, but what really got me was how Wolf explores *why* they are the way they are, and it makes the book all the more real. The ending is sad, but again, real, and I'm actually quite content with it. It was a necessary end that gave way to varying degrees of ...more
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's not at all what I was expecting from this book. Now it is my fault because I should have looked into it more. From the cover and even the back synopsis made it sound like a creepy/paranormal/horror book.

Even though this story wasn't what I thought it was not the best written book. I didn't personally find the story that interesting until the last 20 pages or so.
Oct 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Although my life view has become increasingly misanthropic, I believe most people have some good in them. Several of the main characters in the book are one-dimensional, with no redeeming qualities. The backstory of each isn't enough show realistic human complexity.
Danielle Clark
Jul 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
too many stories.. too many ideas the author tries to stick into one book. Characters aren't really developed well or believable either.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a truly wonderful, inspiring book. Praise for Amy Beckett...
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book on bullying and family dynamics. Couldn't put it down.
Mary Alice
May 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a very poorly supervised camp. Where were the counselors?
Sarah (YA Love)
Review originally posted at Y.A. Love

Camp by Elaine Wolf is a quiet book that will resonate with many readers. It’s a fast read; I read it within a couple hours of starting it. The story keeps a steady pace and held my interest from beginning to end.

Amy Becker doesn’t have a cozy life at home, at least when it comes to her mother. From the very beginning of the book, Amy’s mother struck me as cold and distant. Amy does, however, have a very close relationship with her brother who, even though it
Jun 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog

Take any kumbaya notions of summer camp and forget them because Amy Becker’s experience is anything but.

Instead of a summer making friends and playing tennis, she is the butt of the biggest bully’s jokes. And sometimes more than jokes, incidents that could qualify as sexual harassment. Rory is probably one of the bitchiest characters I have ever met in the literary world. She has no respect for her equals, for her elders, and never thinks before
I'd So Rather Be Reading {Nat}
Jul 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a well-written coming-of-age story! I do so love a first-person narrative, especially in this kind of novel. Camp is set in the 1960's, something that I really enjoyed. It was neat to get a glimpse of family life back then. The family dynamics were intriguing, especially considering Amy's mother's immigrant history.

I really felt for Amy. She feels responsible for her younger brother, Charlie, who is autistic. Their parents are not exactly models of the best way to care for and treat an au
This is one powerful can't put down book! I read all of it today, spending a lazy day reading on the swing on the deck.
The story is of Amy who has a cold unloving mother, a father who while loving Amy, condones her mothers behaviour with little insinuations of the hard life her mother previous had that she won't talk about. Then add Charlie, her 8 year old autistic brother, her life revolves around Charlie, she seems to be the primary caretaker, shielding him from their mothers never ending tir
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
There’s been so much publicity the last few months about bullying, I was really excited to read this book. I was never bullied and don’t remember anyone else being bullied in school. But that was a very different time.

This was an interesting book, the author did an amazing job of giving the reader a look into what it’s like to be the bully, and to be the one who is being bullied. Amy reacted like I assume most children being bullied do. They lose what confidence they had and become more introver
May 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received this as a Goodreads First Read.

First, my issues: Some of the dialog felt stilted, not very realistic. There was some confusion for me as to timing with some of the events, and why certain things were said/done between characters.

The highs: the story was fast paced from the get-go. Took us right into the story and the conflicts between Amy & her Mom, Amy's Mom & Dad, Amy's Mom & Charlie.... Rory.... I was torn about Rory. Some of the things she said & did made sense, ot
Mady Suitor
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: camp
Fourteen-year-old Amy Becker lives a not-so-perfect life. Her secretive, harsh mother doesn't seem to want other people's opinions. Especially Amy's father When it comes down to it, her mother does what she wants, no matter what other people think of it. Whether its sending Amy to summer camp, or completely ignoring her autistic son, Charlie.

Amy devotes a lot of her time taking care of Charlie. She loves him with all of her heart, even if she doesn't receive love from her own parents. Amy is mo
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
I received this as a Goodreads First Read.

First, my issues: Some of the dialog felt stilted, not very realistic. There was some confusion for me as to timing with some of the events, and why certain things were said/done between characters.

The highs: the story was fast paced from the get-go. Took us right into the story and the conflicts between Amy & her Mom, Amy's Mom & Dad, Amy's Mom & Charlie.... Rory.... I was torn about Rory. Some of the things she said & did made sense, ot
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I wasn't able to put this book down. Be warned: if you are going to start reading this book you will have trouble putting it down. This book was well written, but depressing.

It is about a girl named Amy who is forced by her parents to go to sleep away camp. Her mother is very strict and doesn't show affection. Her dad is nice but always listens to her mom. She also has a brother who seems to be autistic or on the spectrum.

When she arrives at camp, she meets her new bunkmates. On the bus she he
Sep 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was amazing! I loved it and couldn't put it down! At the end of the book, Amy's mother opens up to her. This was while Amy's mother was sick. She told Amy about how her brother, Walter, was killed in a Holocaust labor camp, Auschwitz. How the day after she left for Paris, her husband and two year old daughter were killed in a Holocaust related event called Kristelnacht. Also, Amy reached out to Erin, Donnie, and Andy. She felt awful about not talking to them for years. She apologized a ...more
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Known as "the anti-bullying novelist," I write about what really goes on behind the closed gates and doors of our camps and schools. The issues I explore in CAMP and DANNY'S MOM are those I am passionate about and know well.

I was a camper and camp counselor for many summers. When I entered "the real world," I taught in public schools in California and New York -- and then I became a district langu
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