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The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  10,345 Ratings  ·  975 Reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published December 1st 2016 by Skyscape
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Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I saw a few reviews on this one and thought I'd give it a try.

I really liked the story as it reminded me of the Breakfast Club movie in many ways. There's even a reference to the movie.

I'd like to know what happens to all the characters and would love a second book! Hopeful!

Dec 04, 2016 rated it liked it
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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. W
christel l. doucette
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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
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.
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
4.5 Stars
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.
Whistlers Mom
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
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
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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
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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, i
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
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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
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
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Panečku... takhle má vypadat vážně dobrá kniha. Zasloužila by si pořádně velkou propagaci, aby o ni vědělo více lidi. Jde o opravdový skvost.
Jul 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2018, in-slovak
Poznáte taký ten typ kníh, kde majú za sebou všetci nejakú traumu, s ktorou sa nevedia vyrovnať, potom padne zopár pseudohlbokých myšlienok, hlavná dvojica sa dá dokopy a všetko je fajn? Tak toto nie je taká kniha a ja vám ju neodporúčam ako oddychovku na vypnutie mozgu, ale ako fakt dobrú young adultku s vážnejšími témami.

Nechápte ma zle, koncentrácia tínedžerov s problémami aj traumami je v nej skutočne vysoká. Nemala som však dojem, že by šlo autorke len o efekt. Skôr šikovne ukazuje všetky m
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written but could have been shortened by several chapters as it did drag towards the last quarter.
Mar 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Nov 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Unlike some YA books, this one is really appropriate for a teenage audience. The deep dark secrets are very serious issues, but not quite as deep and dark as it definately could have been. The author drops a lot of clues to some of the character backgrounds in the first part of the part of the book. My guesses as the story unfolded were a tad more dramatic than the actual senarios that were revealed! The theme of the story is put accross in a fairly simple and effective way with a basic but lika ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, contemporary
3.5 STARS. I feel like I say this about every book I read but MIXED EMOTIONSSSS. Literally it took me SO LONG to decide on a star rating for this book omg. But!! Despite my muddled feels (or should I say heightened mental and emotional state??) I actually have a lot of good things to say about this book. IN A LIST OF COURSE.


The characters were beautifully vivid. ALSO THEY WERE DESPERATE LITTLE BROKEN WAFFLES but small details. Everyone had problems, and despite being labeled AS their
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Zander is cryptic from the very beginning as to why she's at Camp Padua, a camp for at risk teens across the country from her home.

I loved the structure of the novel, beginning each chapter with a letter, made me think about Love Letters To the Dead a bit.

I also adore the characters. Cassie is by far my favorite, her slicing observations cutting to the bone with either judgment or humor, she's incredible.

My favorite line of hers is on page 85 when Zander is sharing how her swim coa
Tiffany Johnson
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
4-4.5 stars

This reminds me of why I love YA and why I love dialogue, because this book is driven by the dialogue among the characters. Sent away to a camp for emotionally and mentally troubled teens, Zander is desperately trying to remain apathetic and continue to feel nothing. As we figure out what's caused Zander to withdraw from life we also get to know the other campers, from the manic depressive bipolar anorexic self diagnosed Cassie, to the pre crazy Grover Cleveland, to the compulsive lyi
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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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