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The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

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According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place—and she’s just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head—and her home state—and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens.

Zander does not fit in—or so she thinks. She has only one word for her fellow campers: crazy. In fact, the whole camp population exists somewhere bet
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Published December 1st 2016 by Skyscape
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Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a group of teens each having their own mental health issues.

One of the main characters is Zander, a teen struggling with her mental health. Her parents decide to send her to a special camp for at-risk teens so she can try something new. She acquires some new friends, including Grover Cleveland who she gradually gets closer to as time goes on. The teens have some group sessions together and also have some time alone as well. Surprisingly, Grover opens her up and helps her deal
Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
"She tells me I'm fucking crazy. I tell her that's no secret; we're at a camp for crazy kids. She corrects me and says it's a camp for kids with heightened mental and emotional states."

Yep. Though the camp promises a summer of exploration, adventure, and above all self-discovery, Zander knows she has been banished to a retreat for troubled teens. She's not too happy about it, and many of the chapters begin with her brief "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah" letters home.

I seldom read young adult unless
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“Have you lost your mind?”

“That’s why I’m here, right?”

Before we begin, let me just admit that every time I review a YA book I totally feel a little bit like . . . .

That being said, Imma still read ‘em. Now let’s get on with the show.

There’s bound to be some comparisons to John Green here due to the fact that it features a cast of teenagers who are all a bit . . . . .

If that’s a dealbreaker for you, then do yourself a f
Sometimes, when we're really lucky, we'll stumble across a book that's meant for us. The kind of book we need to read at that moment in time.

"The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland" by Rebekah Crane was this type of book for me. I'm head-over-heels with the story, the characters - simply with everything. This story had me in tears and seconds later I was laughing out loud. It made me think, it made me feel, it made me swoon, it made me suffer, it made me cheer - it made for a perfect read.
It was
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Nov 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This was a free Kindle first book. I will read the occasional YA book, but it definitely isn't a genre that I search out. And in this instance, I only chose it because none of the other Kindle first books were appealing at all. And so last night, when I was stressed out and couldn't sleep -- but knew I couldn't handle anything that was long or 'deep', I sat down and blew through this book in one sitting.

I have to say I enjoyed it even though it was predictable and my biggest criticism is that t
Attack Salmon
Dec 02, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I love the cover and the story of troubled teenagers in a camp sounds cool. But no I end up not really liking it .

The characters are just sooo very weird, Grover and bek in particular. I can't explain how weird they are but they talk like some pre schoolers although I think they are supposed to be teenagers. I can't understand them and get deep into their head because all they do is make some silly banter. The whole time I am so busy being puzzled at their weirdness that I can't care less about
Malina Skrobosinski
"I guess we all have our crazy."

I love it! I have been reading suspense, thrillers, and murder mystery after murder mystery, this is exactly what I needed to break away from them for a bit. This novel is quirky, touching, even somewhat raw, but most of all, it's entertaining.

The character development in this novel is outstanding. This is such a diverse group of teens that have their own issues, but through it all, they find that together they are stronger, and that they aren't so different.
christel l. doucette
Loved this book! HIGHLY recommended.

I'm searching for adjectives to adequately describe this book. Heartwarming, charming, funny, tragic... The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland is sort of a coming-of-age story about loss, courage, trust, love and acceptance. Zander, the main character, has been sent to a summer camp for adolescents with emotional issues, including her cabin-mate Cassie who is an abrasive anorexic, a compulsive liar possibly named Alex Trebek and his friend, Grover Cleveland. Thi
Dec 20, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Someone recommended this to me, then Amazon offered me the book for free. Skip it. This book is racist white savior garbage. The story is about a summer camp for troubled kids, where the most troubled kid is black. Her character is made entirely of ugly stereotypes of black women, right down to anger and homophobia. The narrator then saves her life, and invites her to come live with her wholesome white family that only eats kale.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I'm not even sure how this got into my Audible library. Must've been a daily deal where I clicked the "buy" button at 5 a.m. on a Monday and forgot I'd done so. Basically, a nope for me. Aside from the sexual references, this book was just YA to the extreme, which just ain't my thing. Thankfully, it was short. ...more
Ezinwanyi Chinyere
Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy reading about the damaged teenagers in a summer camp for troubled teens. Their various neurosis grated my nerves and i just couldn’t get into this book.

*Received from Amazon Prime First Reads
Elizabeth (Liz)
Feb 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars
Whistlers Mom
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Welcome to Camp Crazy. (The nurse has your meds.)

Camp Padua is a summer camp for troubled teens. The "guests" are cutters or purgers or anorexics or manic-depressives or compulsive liars. They break rules in bizarre and attention-getting ways. And some have tried to break Rule #1: Thou Shalt Not Kill Thyself. Whatever normal is between the ages of 12 and 20, they're not it. They come - willingly or not - to the Michigan woods to swim and do crafts and shoot rubber-tipped arrows and swat mosquito
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Allen & Sons in exchange for an honest review. 

I was floored by Rebekah Crane's latest novel 'The Upside of Falling Down' so I knew I had to read ALL of her works. Have you ever read an author's works and just want to breathe in every word they have ever written because that was me with Rebekah! I inhaled The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland in one sitting. It's definitely not a book you could put down. And just a major FYI, if yo
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From the book jacket: According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place – and she’s just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head – and her home state – and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens. Zander has only one word for her fellow campers: crazy. In fact, the whole camp population exists somewhere between disaster and diagnosis. … Amid group “share-apy” sessions and forbidden late-night outings, unlikely friendships form, and the te ...more
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Zander is sent to a (horribly run) therapeutic camp because her parents "made her go", unlike the other teens who have real problems. The cast of characters include angry anorexic Cassie, the future schizophrenic Grover Cleveland Jr. and compulsive liar Alex Trebek. Over the next five weeks they will become friends and confront their problems.

THE ODDS OF LOVING GROVER CLEVELAND is a story that desperately wants to be The Breakfast Club for camp. It fails miserably with unrealistic charac
J. Bookish
Dec 12, 2016 rated it liked it
MMMMM I DON'T KNOW. So close to fantastic... but not quite there.

Concept: LOVE. Teens struggling with mental illness in a very real way. It's not romanticized, nor are they defined by their illnesses, which is great. I am also a sucker for summer camps having been both an attendee and a counselor in my day ;) Loved the quirky kids, too, felt a bit like a (not as good, sorry) John Green style.

Issues: it all felt.. too fast? I think?! The romance was insta-love, but to be honest, I had moments l
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
What a sweet book.

I was really close to giving it 5 stars, and wavered for a moment before deciding on 4. There is a certain amount of predictability in the story, but I didn't mind it. The characters I cared most about (Zander, Cleve, Cassie, and Bek) were written well. The other characters, like Dori and Hannah, not so much. They felt more like background noise, to flesh out the scenes.

I really liked the overall theme of the story- there is always hope. Despite shit circumstances, hanging on
Cinnia And Her Obscure Reads
I was reminded yet again of why I loathe this book and how it has permanently damaged my ability to read anything by Rebekah Crane so here's some details on the fuckiness of this book I didn't mention last year:

The basis of the book is a summer camp for mentally ill teenagers. The cis girl in the book is sent there for her depression and then meets a quirky boy.
- Day 1 of camp: A very blatant trans person/AFAB teenager experiencing dysphoria is repeatedly misgendered and dismissed after saying t
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland felt a lot like a John Green novel (more like Looking for Alaska or Paper Towns than The Fault in Our Stars, mind you) and will most definitely appeal to the same YA-loving readers that gobble up books by Jenny Han, Rainbow Rowell, and Jennifer Nivens like they're Halloween candy.

I really enjoyed the concept of this book and its setting at a camp for teens with "heightened mental or emotional states". I've always had a big interest in psychology and one of my
Oct 05, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes down to it, this book is bland and forgettable: two things that are excusable.
What isn’t excusable, though, is making light of mental illness and including homophobic or racist dialogue.
It’s also clear that the author did no prior research on any of the mental illnesses that she portrayed in her book. The way she handled it is just distasteful.

As if it couldn’t get any worse, the main character, Zander, is boring and bland. Her love interest, Grover, won’t leave her alone and ma
I'd been fiending for a good young adult book for awhile, and this definitely hit the spot. It's Breakfast Club meets summer camp, with characters I was invested in. Cassie, a troubled long-time camper with anorexia, was especially memorable. She was a stand-out secondary character, who rang true as a real person with serious issues. Grover was a book boyfriend, and I loved him too. Zander, the heroine, was probably the weakest link for me, but I still liked her and rooted for her.

Some of the na
Feb 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: its-got-issues
I cannot in good conscience recommend this book due to its inaccurate and potentially harmful portrayal of mental illness.

It's a story about love and friendship and growing up, which would normally be perfectly appropriate YA topics, but much of the way the various mental health conditions these kids have are portrayed and talked about leaves me profoundly uncomfortable. I'm no expert on psychology, but I'm pretty sure serious psychological issues can't be solved by making friends or falling in
Allya Yourish
Mar 29, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, young-adult
I'm not usually a one star reviewer. I tend to buy books that I actually want to read, and I don't usually finish them unless I like them.

But this somehow (Amazon free Kindle book of the month, maybe?) got on my Kindle and I was trapped at an airport and I didn't have anything else. So I read it.

And I hated it.

The way mental illness and grief are talked about here is offensive. Love and friendship doesn't make these big problems go away, and utilizing them for a twee teen romance made my bloo
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Well written but could have been shortened by several chapters as it did drag towards the last quarter.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked the references and the banter in this book. I was laughing out loud at this and just really enjoying it so I definitely recommend.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Haven't read this book yet, but it looks great! Even if you have already read this book, please join for book club discussions. The name of the group is The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland. Hope that you join! ...more
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I didn't know much about this book when I first got it from Amazon. I knew it was a book about teens with emotional problems, and I was curious to see how the author would handl so many different issues that cause teens to be called "at-risk". Though widely used today, the term "at-risk" itself seems like a cliche and I was concerned that the book would be full of stereotypes. There were the requisite girls with eating disorders, kids who had tried to kill themselves, and such. But I thought the ...more
I selected this book mainly due to its intriguing description and charming cover. There is potential here, but Crane barely scratches the surface when it comes to the complicated issues that her characters grapple with by failing to give emotional and mental health their necessary gravity; it is evident that she did little research in the creation of her story, which is a shame since it could have been quite emotionally resonant. Crane seems more interested in the banter between the four major c ...more
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Rebekah Crane is the author of The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland and other young-adult novels. She found a passion for this genre while studying secondary English education at Ohio University. She is a former high school English teacher, a yoga instructor, and the mother of two girls. After living and teaching in six different cities, Rebekah finally settled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountai ...more

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