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Summer State of Mind (Whispering Pines #2)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  646 Ratings  ·  92 Reviews
Harper Mcallister is a sweet but spoiled freshly minted rich girl whose dad decides she needs a shot of reality. His plan: send her to his childhood sleepaway camp, Whispering Pines. Ziplines, mud, bugs, and bears are not Harper's thing and she'll hilarious have to navigate that world without her iPhone or beloved Twitter account. Can she hack it with the help of some form ...more
Kindle Edition, 256 pages
Published April 22nd 2014 by Poppy (first published January 1st 2014)
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Aug 12, 2013 rated it liked it
I am so excited to read this!!! I absolutely adore the first novel (I reread it every summer) and was just lamenting the fact that there is only one book where I can visit Whispering Pines!
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's the perfect time of year to get into the SUMMER STATE OF MIND. Harper McAllister's family moved to LA after her father (McDaddy) became a successful music video director. She's become a bit spendy as she works to fit in. But when McDaddy gets the credit card bill, he decides she's going to summer camp.

I've never read companion SLEEPAWAY GIRLS, but it's really not necessary. It's about characters who are counselors in SUMMER STATE OF MIND and not Harper. I really liked Harper. I don't share
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A fun, light YA Contemporary read just in time for the spring/summer season - Summer State of Mind will definitely please fans of Calonita's as well as be a great choice for others who enjoy YA Contemporary. This Contemp YA novel takes place at a sleep away camp over summer break, and explores teenage identity, fitting in, and friendships.
Having already read Calonita's Belles series, I was immediately interested when I heard she had a new offering available and I went and ordered it fr
Chapter by Chapter
With summer breaking’s end nearing, all of us teens are looking for something to do. For some of us (or people like me who are located too far north to be given direct sun exposure all year round) we’re trying to soak up what rays of sun we can before the season changes and school starts up again. What’s the best way to spend these lazy summer days? By reading a book set in the summertime as well!

I wasn’t entirely sure of what to expect from author Jen Calonita’s, Summer State of Mind, but I did
"Summer State of Mind" is an entertaining light romance for middle-grade readers—a middle-grade beach-read.

The protagonist, Harper, daughter of suddenly successful music producer she calls "McDaddy" and her more down-to-earth twin brother, Kyle, go to Camp Whispering Pines for the summer instead of spending money and going to fabulous resorts. Kyle's cool with that—he loves sports—but Harper is so not the camping type. She's not thrilled, either, with the idea of missing her best friends Kate a
Jen Calonita's Secrets of My Hollywood Life series was one of my favorite book series growing up. I absolutely loved her writing so I wanted to see what else she has been working on. While I have grown up a little now, I do continuously read YA. Unfortunately it seems like I've grown away from Jen Calonita's writing.

Summer State of Mind is a companion book to Sleepaway Girls, which I did not read but did not need to read in order to understand this novel. I haven't read many books about summer c
Princess Bookie
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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My Thoughts: This was such a cute followup to Sleepaway Girls! I liked the new plot and the new set of characters.

We are introduced to Harper who is popular. She hasn't always been the way she is. She has two best friends and one of them brings out the snobbish girl in her. She also has a brother.

Harper’s parents are sick of her being a brat so they send her off to a camp that her father went too when he was younger. They think this will kick Harper into high gear on becoming a better human bei
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I give it more a 4.5 than 5 stars.
This book is so cute! The perfect summer read!! It made me laugh and smile so many times!! :)
I really recommend this book to anyone who likes contempary, summery reading!
But I recommend reading the first book in this series first, because some of the characters reappear in this one!! Also the first book is also really Really GOOD!
SPILER REVIEW:(I recommend reading it if you read the first one, because it may spoil a little bit)
Erin Cataldi
I'm not going to sugarcoat it, I HATED, HATED .... the main character for the first few chapters. Like full on loathed her skinny, little bitchy self. She was rich, spoiled, and hung out with other privileged little white fifteen year old brats. Thankfully her mom and dad decide their dearest daughter needs a reality check after she blew several THOUSAND dollars on her AMEX card. A fifteen year old spending thousands at couture shops, spas, private lessons, and fancy dining. Really?!?! Anyway ma ...more
This is my first book by Jen Calonita. I enjoyed reading the second book in the Whispering Pines Series. I will be looking to see if my library has a copy of the first book Sleepaway girls.

Summer State of Mind is the story about a girl named Harper. Her father is in the music industry and creates music videos. Harper is different since the family has moved to a more elite area. Her father is not happy with her spending habits. You see this early on when she is out with her 'friends' Kate and Mar
3.5 stars

Okay, collecting my thoughts... Alright, Summer State of Mind was mostly an airy, fluffy read that was great for the summer. There wasn't really any "big cliff hangers," or deep, dark, dangerous secrets in Summer State of Mind, it was just a nice relaxing summer read. It was exactly what a summer read should be.

Why it made a good summer read, was because I didn't have to immediately finish the book, I could just read it at a leisurely pace. What I mean is that especial during the summer
May 19, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Harper McCallister can't wait for summer! Shopping, hanging out by the cabana at the beach club, and going to the best nightlife spots on Long Island are all on her agenda... until her father sees the massive credit card bill she's run up. Suddenly, she and her twin brother Kyle are being shipped off to Camp Whispering Pines - no best friends, no cell phones, and no designer clothes. Harper isn't sure she can survive... but she just might be proven wrong.

This is the kind of fluffy, predictable,
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Harper McAllister is one credit card bill overdue for a reality check.

When McDaddy (yes, she really calls him that) sees how much money she's been spending and realizes how far she's stepped away from the old Harper, he sends her to Whispering Pines with her brother Kyle. Kyle was my favorite part of the book. He's annoying, insufferable, and Harper's exact opposite, but he also cares about her in that way that only brothers do. The twin dynamic was pretty entertaining.

We also get to see some o
Valerie (Reader of books. Enthralled by Words.)
After listening to the audiobook, I realized that I don't really love this book. 2.5/5 stars.

I will admit that I did not think I was going to like this book; I just don't really choose books that are about fifteen year old but I was wrong about this book, it was way better than the first one. I actually wish that this was a standalone novel and it had nothing to do with the other novel because that's the only part that I didn't like. I understand that time has passed but it all just made the fi
Kelly Hall
I want to go to camp, well, Jen Calonita's camp anyway. When Harper's spending habits (more like the spending habits of the popular girl Harper wants remain friends with) get out of control, her father sends her (and her athletic twin Kyle) to camp. The same camp he went to as a kid. So, bedazzler in hand, Harper find herself in the sticks, away from her city friends and trapped for weeks in the woods. One benefit, though, Ethan, the cute boy from school, happens to be at camp, too.

It's kind of
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I adored Sleepaway Girls and when I saw this was the companion book I had to grab it. If you haven't read the first, don't fret, you will still get so much out of this book anyways.
Harper is adoreable and she's trying to fit into her new life now that her dad is McDaddy after producing a video with an emerging pop star that went viral.
Harpers friends are the problem and she's spending hundreds of dollars at a time and her parents ship her off to Whispering Pines for the summer so she can see tha
May 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Summary -
Harper McAllister and her two best friends, Margo and Kate, have the whole summer planned - going to Cancun, Intermix, the cabana shopping, and countless other plans. When McDaddy sees Harper's latest AMEX bill, he sends her to the Whispering Pines Camp. She encounters Ethan, who she had made a bad impression upon. Harper unwillingly goes to Whispering Pines Camp only to find herself on a zip line, in a mud pit etc. Harper soon realizes who her true self is.

Review -

I absolutely loved t
Apr 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YES! Thank the lord. I'm so happy there's a #2!

Read on 4/25/14
I wish there were 50 million of these books set at Whispering Pines, because I cannot get enough of them. I mean, that was amazing and funny and it's the only time in my life when I want to go to sleepaway camp! And the characters from Sleepaway Girls made some great appearances, which made me very happy. Although I dislike the fact that a main thing that happened in Sleepaway Girls is no longer a thing! No spoilers, but it fee
Laura Leonard
Harper's father, McDaddy has recently become one of the most successful producers of music videos. This has meant changes for the family - a move to a ritzy suburb, cooks and housekeepers, and a lot more cash to go around.

As one might expect, some 16 year-olds cannot control their spending. Harper goes way overboard and her father decides to send her to the summer camp he attended in order give her distance from her new friends and ground her in reality. Things aren't all smooth sailing for Camp
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read every single one of Jen's books, and was unable to put any of them down the day I got it. This one was no exception. I started reading it this afternoon and finished it in the same afternoon. I loved the characters and the storyline. I've been a fan of Jen's since I was in middle school (maybe even before that, since whenever the second or third Secrets of My Hollywood Life book came out) and now as an 18 year old high school senior, I'm still reading and loving her books:)
Jan 17, 2014 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Ok... so it's not about Hunter and it doesn't mention any of the other girls in the synopsis but let's hope we get to see them in this book!
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I should have read Jen Calonita's first book before this even though my decision to read the second book first really didn't affect the story line.

With a rating of 3.75 stars, this book was a intriguing but not the best. There were times when the main character, Harper McAllister, just irritated me... I'm sure the author did that intentionally but she wasn't the type of person I like reading about. For example, her parents sent her to Whispering Pines because they felt like she was getti
Jul 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jeez, where do I start with this one? 🤦♀ Harper McAllister is a teenager whose video music producing father gets his big break. The family’s income skyrockets and Harper now has an endless credit card, designer clothing, and friends that go on tropical vacations together just by asking their parents. Her family starts to feel like she is changing too much and send her away to camp where people wear sweatpants and old navy shirts (gasp). It helps to bring her back down to Earth, yet she continues ...more
Kaitlin W.
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is great I love the transition from the first book to this book, it has some new characters but it is from a different perspective. In this book a couple of years has passed by and the main character is a girl name Harper. She is popular in school and her dad decides to send her Whispering Pines Sleepaway Camp. At first she is mad but at the end she loves it. In this book the love interest is a boy named Ethan and goes to the same school as Harper.

In this book a Harper learns what a tr
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was cute and sweet and I really enjoyed it, about a rich, kind of spoiled girl going to summer camp and learning a lot of lessons. The character development was great and though some parts of it were a little bit unrealistic (multiple people falling in love at summer camp, perhaps?), it was a great summer read.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good book. It was a cute, fun summer read. I would highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a light, fun summer read.
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
When I see a book with Jen Calonita's name on it, I know I'm in for some fun. I've read everything Jen has written and enjoyed them all. She's best known for her Secrets of My Hollywood Life series. I haven't loved her non SOMHL books quite as much, but they're all still fun.

Summer State of Mind is a companion novel to Sleepaway Girls, which she published in 2009 - so it's been quite a few years. Don't worry if you haven't read Sleepaway Girls. I read it such a long time ago that I couldn't rem
Jun 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summer camp is fun for those who absolutely love outdoors. Even though there are some people who hate outdoor activity, they can learn to love it. Harper McCallister, who is an epic fashionista and lover of manicures (and makeup and clothes and shoes and bedazzled things), is definitely hating on summer camp. She struggles to make friends with her distant cabin mates, but no matter what she does, things just get worse.

Secrets of My Hollywood Life is among my favorite books, and Jen Calonita giv
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the book Summer State of Mind you follow around Harper, a popular girly-girly who loves clothing's, makeovers, make up and just girly things. She can't wait for summer when she can shop all day and hang out with friends on the beach. Until, her plans are ruined by her father, who owns a huge video recording company who believes all his fame and money has changed her. He decides to send her off to summer camp, will she survive? You will have to read the book to find out! In the beginning of th ...more
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I'm Jen Calonita, a MG and YA author who loves what I do because it lets me connect with all of you (and no, I wasn't intending for that to rhyme!).

I've been writing ever since I can remember, but it was fourth grade when I put my "three wishes" for a genie down on paper. They were:
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