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Breakfast Served Anytime

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  1,828 ratings  ·  291 reviews
A coming-of-age debut evokes the bittersweet joys and pangs of finding independence in one unforgettable summer away at "geek camp."

When Gloria sets out to spend the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted and talented students, she doesn’t know quite what to expect. Fresh from the heartache of losing her grandmother and missing her best friend, Gloria resolves
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published April 8th 2014 by Candlewick Press
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Lauren She is around 17. She is entering her senior year of high school.

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Emily May
Mar 07, 2014 rated it did not like it
I LOVE this cover. Sadly, though, that's where my love affair with this book ends.

You know when you discover a book that just calls to you? With the title and the description and the total lack of hype. No expectations or demands... just the possibility of finding a little hidden gem with an extremely pretty cover. That was this book for me. I knew nothing except the sweet little promises it made:

A coming-of-age debut evokes the bittersweet joys and pangs of finding independence in one
Emery Lord
Dec 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
BREAKFAST SERVED ANYTIME is one of those books that makes me want to be a better writer. The characters are so well-drawn, and Sarah Combs's writing is absolutely gorgeous. I'm sad I have to pass it along on an ARC tour because I want to reread it before it comes out :) Absolutely recommended! ...more
Apr 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book had the ONE thing that I hate: that oh-so-clever 16 year old AV/Drama Club witty banter (full of 19th century literary references, of course) that you would expect from a modern coming-of-age book written by an adult. But ya know what? I DON'T CARE. Ya know why? Because this book was beautiful. Gloria, Calvin, Chloe, and Mason were beautiful. Jessica and Sonya were beautiful. Kentucky was beautiful. It totally captured that moment when you are young and you start to really see the worl ...more
lucky little cat
Feb 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Sharon Creech and Fannie Flagg
This is a likable, tame talented 'n' gifted nerd love story. It's proudly regional (Kentucky) and

unashamedly idealistic (lots of poetry quoting, puppy patting, and late blooming). It's so quiet and anguish-free that it's basically comfort-food reading. If you're nostalgic for tales where teens hang out in a diner and are nice to each other, then hey, look no farther.

Reminded me of Creech's Chasing Redbird, Horvath's Everything on a Waffle, and E. Lockhart's Dramarama.

Set around 2010, but as is
Hazel (Stay Bookish)
Sarah is a talented writer- her prose is lovely! Her characters are fleshed out and really interesting. While the story itself is quieter than most contemporaries or YA books, I really liked how slice-of-life it felt. It didn't drag at all and I finished easily and with a smile after one sitting. :) ...more
May 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
It's abundantly clear that this is a debut novel. It's filled with good ideas and plot threads, none of which particularly go together and all of which get left underdeveloped--much like the characters themselves. Gloria is an unlikeable protagonist: judgmental and hypocritical in most of her thoughts and actions, as well as lacking any connection to the rest of the world. She's also determinedly wishy-washy. She hates kids, but after a few minutes with one, she likes them. She hates dogs, but a ...more
Jennifer Mathieu
What a beautiful, special book full of well-crafted sentences you'll read over again just to make sure they really happened. This book does not have a huge "hook" or shocking "twist" - but it is a book where *everything* is happening. Set in a "Geek Camp" for gifted Kentucky teenagers, we follow characters as they face their childhood demons, ponder their futures, and develop relationships with one another that are achingly real and life-changing. I cried at the end. Every character in this book ...more
I stopped reading around the 20% mark.
Don't bother, Nomes, really . Sometimes I do wonder what publishers are thinking, when they decide to acquire a manuscript that finally results in a book like 'Breakfast Served Anytime'.

- Four certified brainiac kids visiting a dinner and ordering breakfast, but only one of them has thought of bringing a wallet.
- Brainy, I-am-not-so-young-anymore-that-you-would-catch-me-eating-fudgecicles heroine planning to not accept a perfectly good university scholarsh
Ginger at GReadsBooks
"I guess what I'm trying to say is that sometimes you can love a book not so much because of what it's about or what happens in it, but because it belongs to a certain time or person in your life -- like you'll always remember where you were when you read it for the first time, or who gave it to you, or what season it was, or who you were before you read it and how you were different when it was over." (Combs,p. 246)

This book will always hold a special place in my heart because the person who gi
Dec 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written contemporary about the sweet, ephemeral, but also lasting moments that come with a summer camp experience. In this case it's a "geek" camp at a university, so the cast of characters are smart, smarter, and smartest, but I loved the way Sarah Combs wove these seemingly disparate kinds of kids into a cohesive unit. It's a gorgeous look at friendship in all its facets, as well as that moment when you realize you're crushing pretty hard. The bonus is lots and lots of highlight wo ...more
Sep 11, 2014 rated it liked it
I got off to a rough start with this book, because the main character who is obviously the author tells you that her favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird, and I don't think I've ever liked anyone whose favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird. (You don't have to hate it... but favorite? Seriously? It's like asking for vanilla ice cream, hold the vanilla.) But I persevered because this book is about geeky kids at geek camp and some of the happiest times of my life were as a geeky kid at geek camp ...more
Geek Camp! That was all it took to make me want to read Breakfast Served Anytime. I also liked the idea of this mysterious professor. Sadly, I was just bored instead of entertained. Gloria heads off to this summer education program, is introduced to people different from her, then goes home. That's it. There's no plot, and no real character growth. She just goes away, does stuff, and comes home. It also didn't help that Gloria annoyed me.

I'm pretty sure the only things in the entire world that G
May 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
One star might seem a little harsh, maybe it is, the fact is, by the end I was annoyed on so many levels I couldn't give it anything but 1 star.

1. Gloria
B-R-A-T. Gloria is horrendous. She's SO annoying. She's judgmental and thinks she's better than everyone else. She also likes to think she's super deep and smart, but she says and does the dumbest things. I suppose that could be typical of teenagers. I'm sure when I was 17 I thought I was heaps smarter than I actually was. Still, I can't get b
Jan 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ala-2014
So many YA books seem to be about dating relationships, and I thought this one would be more of the same, but I picked it up at ALA because I was intrigued by the cover. I was actually pleasantly surprised to realize the book is about relationships, but not just ones with a significant other. It's about friendship, family, (and yes) love...making the transition to life after high school, paying attention to the small moments that make up our best memories, identity, relationship to place (in thi ...more
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious and good and... ahhh. Great book about camp, friends, love, and more.
marisa inez
"It's too hard to explain. I can't say why I love the book. I just do. You don't pick the books you fall in love with. It just happens, and when it happens, you know. Who's to say where love comes from?

Oh my gosh. Oh my GOSH. I am c r y I n g
I was not expecting this book to be that beautiful. I thought it'd be so so. Another weird and annoyingly inappropriate contemporary read.
but instead I am in love. I want to read this story over and over. I need to buy it and drown again in it's words.
I mean
Melissa Lindsey
I loved the premise of this book and it involved some interesting characters, including a boxer puppy. It involves a summer of growth and change for a group of talented young people who attend a month long camp at state college. The novel centers around one teen-aged girl and three new friends who end up in the same strand of the program. It includes some of the teen angsty stuff that I have grown a bit tired of -- Really -- how can you fall in love hate-love with someone through the window of y ...more
Apr 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
I love a good coming of age story, but Breakfast Served Anytime definitely left me wanting. I found myself reading faster and faster just to finish it. While technically sound, the story was just...boring. Nothing happens. Some smart kids go to geek camp, but nothing happens to them. They don't even seem to learn anything or grow in any way. The dialogue between characters feels very forced - very much like what adults think teens sound like. I work with teens, and they do not talk like the teen ...more
Abandoned. Did not want to submit myself to any more of Gloria's lecture-like monologues of rapid-fire-judgements-of-disdain and her ongoing 24/7 commentary of pretty much the entire world around her (in an extremely melodramatic fashion).

I get that this could appeal to the middle-school audience because it certainly did not to me. It had that over dramatic behaviour and dialogue that's used to portray the lesson of not judging a book by its cover. I get it. Middle-schoolers exaggerate and are t
Paula M
DNF at 75%

Breakfast Served Anytime allured me with it's beautiful cover. But man! I was so disappointed.

I'm blaming Gloria. I think the author wants Gloria to come out as poetic because of her way of telling the story but that's not what I got at all. Gloria rambles. She wants to talk about everything and she makes simple things complicated. So I thought, hmmm okay, the protagonist is annoying me but maybe I'll get something from the plot.

I was bored. I was dozing off the whole time. I tried, r
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. if you ask me why I loved it, I really don't have an answer. But it have me the sweet butterflies in the stomach feelings of the first crush. that lumpy feelings in the throat of my last day at school. if made me sad happy.. the aching in the heart feelings when you see rain from your window and suddenly remember a school day with friends which had a similar weather.... ...more
Apr 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is—at once—both poetic and substantial. The words weave an eloquent, elegant tale that makes you laugh and cry along with Gloria. It's comprised of all the wonderful moments that make up childhood, youth, and life in general. It's made up of the things that you look back on; the memories of a lifetime. It's introspective, innocent, and hopeful after discovering the vast new world, despite starting off jaded and "SO Over It."

I've been to my own version of a Canadian Geek Camp, so I fou
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: peach-award
Peach Award (3 stars)

I wish I had liked this book as much as it wanted me to like it. It practically begged me to see it as deep and meaningful and life-changing, but... I just wasn't feeling it. Gloria, the main character, and her inevitable slap-slap-kiss love interest seemed as vague and undefined at the end as at the beginning. The attempts at creating some tension in the plot- i.e. a mysterious professor, two polar-opposite roommate friends, mountaintop removal- all just dissipated without
Jen Malone
Nov 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book brought me right back to high school, when I was really trying to piece together who exactly I was and every observation felt Important with a capital I. There were so many beautiful phrases in this book and whole paragraphs where I just sighed "yessssssss" while reading. A quiet and lovely read I'm still thinking about days later. ...more
Ashley Wang
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
2.5 stars //

The blue butterflies sprinkled across the cover advertised a sweet summer read. The jacket blurb bragged a coming of age story from the unique perspective of a gifted seventeen year-old girl. I was entertained by the idea of "Geek Camp," of a cryptic scavenger hunt, and of potential character development. Despite these predictions and expectations, Breakfast Served Anytime fell flat for me because of its problematic writing style.

It's evident that Combs truly tried to emulate the th
J.C. Reilly
Jun 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really liked this. It's offbeat and unexpected and the characters all have some heft to them. I am intrigued with the recurring motif of the blue butterflies that are actually never explained. What is interesting to me about this book is how little plot there is, all told. Yes, Gloria goes to this summer camp for gifted students and things happen, obviously, including an understated, potential romance with Mason, but this isn't a plot-driven story I guess.

If I have any complaint it's that the
Aug 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I have to admit I was truly afraid to read this book. Why do you ask? Without being so bold as to reveal my age, I was in one of the first groups of Kentucky Governor's Scholars. Finding out that the author based the book on her experiences there and at the other elite program for Kentucky students, the Governor's School for the Arts, I was absolutely terrified to see how she projected this completely magical time of my life.

You see, for us early participants of GSP, way before eve
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This deftly written sort of ode to young discovery that celebrates extending oneself in thought and friendship will resonate with the more philosophical teens and the adults nostalgic about those special events in their own youth that were watersheds shaping their identities.

Many states have summer programs for gifted and talented rising seniors such as the one that Gloria attends in Kentucky: a meeting of high school minds for the best and brightest to study on a college campus and mingle with
Apr 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ya, reviewed, z-2015
Mmm. Promise that wasn't quite delivered on, I think. I was interested in this one because I went to nerd school—not just nerd camp, as Gloria does, but a bona fide nerdy public boarding school with the same kind of scholarship offer that Gloria gets by virtue of going to this nerd camp: get accepted, and go, to nerd camp (school) and get a free ride to the local university. (Like Gloria...I wanted outoutout, which meant not the local university.)

Gloria never felt quite fully fleshed out to me;
J. Greene
Mar 29, 2014 rated it liked it
This book called to the deep seated teenaged part of me. I enjoy reading my way through the paths of life. I adore coming of age stories that truly capture the true essence of growing up. This one does that but it fell a little short.

Breakfast Served Anytime, is about a teenaged girl named Gloria, who is awarded the opportunity to participate in a geek camp of sorts. She is also dealing with the lost of her grandmother as well as the pressuring realities of college, and the approach of adulthood
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Sarah Combs leads writing workshops at a nonprofit literacy center in Lexington, Kentucky, where she lives with her two young sons, two pacifist bird dogs, and her modern-day Atticus Finch of a husband, whose acquaintance she first made at a geek camp not unlike Gloria’s. Breakfast Served Anytime is her first novel.

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“It's too hard to explain. I can't say why I love the book. I just do. You don't pick the books you fall in love with any more than you pick the people you fall in love with. It just happens, and when it happens, you know. Who's to say where love comes from?” 28 likes
“I guess what I'm trying to say is that sometimes you can love a book not so much because of what it's about or what happens in it, but because it belongs to a certain time or person in your life- like you'll always remember where you were when you read it for the first time, or who gave it to you, or what season it was, or who you were before you read it and how you were different when it was over” 19 likes
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