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The Camino Club

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  36 reviews
After getting in trouble with the law, six wayward teens are given an ultimatum: serve time in juvenile detention for their crimes, or walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route across Spain over the summer holidays with a pair of court appointed counselor/guides. When it becomes clear the long walk isn't really all that much of an option, they set out on a journey that ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published October 5th 2020 by Duet Books, the YA imprint of Interlude Press
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Marieke du Pré
A fast paced read. Three POV’s, easy to tell apart. Likable characters. Diversity in color and sexuality. This is a book I stumbled upon on NetGalley and just wanted to try. Because the premise seemed really interesting. Six Canadian teens who walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain instead of going to juvie for the crimes they committed.

From the start this story got my attention. The writing is direct and blunt with a lot of dialogue and banter in it. Although some of the teens seem surly at first
 This is one of those times that you should judge a book by its cover because what unfolds in the pages is as beautiful as the artwork you see above! Kevin Craig has crafted a story of epic proportions that still manages to focus down on the most important things in life.

Diego, Manny, Shania, Claire, Greg, and Troy have all found themselves in trouble. They've also all been given the opportunity of a lifetime.. forego any official punishment and walk the Camino de Santiago with court-appointed c
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
There are books that you really want to like, and there are books that really want you to like them. The Camino Club falls somewhere in between those two categories.

The Camino Club-- cleverly named for the other famous delinquent group, The Breakfast Club-- follows the story of three teenagers who’ve been given the choice to go to either juvie or figure out their lives on a pilgrimage in the mountains of Spain. Along the way they have to self-reflect on what brought them to this point, while ju
Lori Twining
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-novels
First, the cover of The Camino Club is gorgeous! I love it.

This is a story of six Toronto teenagers who are strangers to each other, but have one thing in common before they all meet: They are all little criminals on their way into the Juvenile Detention System. Lucky for them, they are offered a chance to wipe their record clean by committing to The Walk Youth Diversion Program, which is a long two-week journey of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

As they spend more time walking the his
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I want to thank the publisher for sending an arc of The Camino Club in exchange for an honest review. This review is based on only my thoughts and ideas!

What can I say about this novel? This was such a soul-touching read that I know for sure that I'm going to read multiple times. 6 juvenile delinquents from Canada are sent to Spain to journey across the Camino de Santiago instead of going to juvie. These 6 all come different backgrounds and every one of them can be relatable to anyone. Either
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I had pretty high hopes for this book and was so excited for the direction it would go and I think I was let down a little bit. This book was good, don’t get me wrong, it was a solid read, but it wasn’t great or something I’d ever reread.

This book is about a journey to the Camino de Santiago following many characters (“delinquents”) thus the characters should have been at the forefront of the book. I don’t think the characters were anything different or special than others I’ve seen in books. Ce
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh boy, this book just stole my heart and I’m not mad about it. This story follows a group of Canadian teen criminals as they walk the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage across Spain as payment for their crimes in place of juvie. Even though most of them don’t initially want to be there, what unfolds on this journey will stick with every one of them forever and will leave them forever changed.

I absolutely fell in love with these characters. There’s 6 teens that go on this life changing pilgrimage, b
Melanie Hooyenga
This book is a love letter to the Spanish countryside, and before I finished reading, I was trying to figure out how I can go on the Camino.

Craig created characters who you can't help but pull for, despite the troubles that brought them to the Camino Club. Told in three POVs, the reader gets a good sense for all six main characters without getting confused about who's telling the story, and each character has depth and emotion—and something to lose.

I loved the quieter moments, as well as the bu
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A must-read novel that perfectly encapsulates the emotional, physical, and mental struggles of those embarking on a strenuous journey through the mountains of Spain.

Craig's novel demonstrates how powerful the healing qualities of the natural world and support from complete strangers can have on those who are in pain. When given a break from their everyday lives and placed in the wilderness of Spain, the characters became distanced from their own problems and were given another chance to live, t
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great YA novel looking at a wide range of issues from redemption, faith, family and a whole lot more. Six teens are part of a juvenile diversion program that has them walk the Camino trail instead of traditional punishments. The story is written from the perspective of three participants. I liked the author’s choice to just choose three. I found myself wondering what the others would say, had we had the book from their points of view as well but liked that the authored limited it. I do wish th ...more
Aug 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. I'm not sure why I didn't give it five stars but it's definitely a four and a half star book. The characters were believable and I liked how their backstory wasn't revealed right away but over time. There were a couple of scenarios I felt weren't plausible but I don't want to give away any of the story. This is a book worth reading. ...more
Kerry Craven
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read a lot of YA as a teacher and I know, for certain, that students will love this novel. Even for struggling readers, the multiple narrators and characters will allow the readers to see a little of themselves as they follow this tale of redemption, and learn that the way they are seen doesn5 have to define who they are.
Jacqui Morrison
Oct 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read The Camino Club, by Kevin Craig, where six juvenile criminals get a diversion program and have to walk the Camino in Spain. The settings are breathtaking and it makes you want to go on the Camino yourself. The best part of the book was the authentic dialogue of the teens. Craig nails it. He makes each voice unique, whether male or female. I'd recommend this book. He covers tough topics well. ...more
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A group of teenager delinquents accepted a punishment of a walk/hike across Spain in exchange for their records being cleaned.
Modern day breakfast club? The book even mentions the similarity. I really liked this books. The characters are all tough and trying to prove themselves but along the way something changes. They stop thinking about themselves so much and start to think of others. This is a feel good book.
Many thanks to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC of this book.
Beth Jusino
Aug 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I've read, not surprisingly, a lot of books about the Camino de Santiago, but none like this one. Kevin Craig has channeled not just one teenage voice, but 6 of them, in The Camino Club, and they're all unique. Six kids from Toronto each land in the juvenile justice system for one reason or another, but instead of being locked up in detention, they're sent on a 2-week walk on the Camino de Santiago, a historic pilgrimage path across Spain that has drawn the penitent and the punished for centurie
I love when a book you've been highly anticipating lives up to your expectations! And The Camino Club did just that- it exceeded my expectations, actually.

I loved this story. It transported me out of this crazy world we're living in and gave me just the escape I needed. Walking the Camino has now been added to my bucket list of things I want to do, but will never do in this lifetime- what an amazing experience it must be! Having walked it before, Kevin Craig was able to really bring it to life
Tori Coulson
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a review

The story is about six teens that have broken the law and are sentenced to walk Camino de Santiago in Spain as their punishment

I was all over this book when I saw it listed on NetGalley. I love books about hiking and the cover was pretty and it was listed as LGBTQ which is another thing I love so I ended up refreshing the page every day to see if I'd get to read it

Overall I wasn't impressed with this book. I thought that no
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I. Loved. This. Book. Best Camino story I have read. Although I will never be able to walk The Way, several people close to me have and I followed their blog online, researching the photos, towns, churches and points of interest they passed through. I have read many first person accounts of those who have answered the call and they all have the same conclusion - it IS a life changing experience, leaving many with the desire to return to recapture the true bonding that takes place on the journey ...more
Kristen Olsen
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love the concept of this YA novel: 6 teens walk the Camino de Santiago in Spain for 2 weeks as punishment for their juvenile crimes. The story is told through 3 different point of view characters, all with distinct voices that are easy to tell apart. While they start the journey as individuals, they gradually grow closer as they let their guards down and learn to share themselves and care more about one another. Two court-appointed leaders accompany them on their journey, but the true spiritua ...more
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Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Miss Lori read this book and gives it a 3.75 out of 5 stars. This book's theme has been done over and over but still seems to capture my attention. It references "The Breakfast Club" due to the group of kids who come from all different backgrounds and are thrown together to serve "time" after having done wrong. In this instance, the 3 main characters have a choice to go to juvenile detention or to walk 'El Camino de Santiago' in Spain to pay for the criminal activity each of them had done. They ...more
Nov 26, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-read
I loved the premise but it was too feel-good for me, lol.

I studied abroad for 6 months in Salamanca, Spain and did a lot of traveling around the country and walking El Camino still sits in my bucket list. So I obviously picked this up because of the premise and my love for Spain but I wasn't IN LOVE with the storyline.

This one is mainly a focus on character development, which I'm always down to read. And, when done right, are some of my favorite books. But, this one just didn't feel gritty eno
Brien Crothers
May 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There Are No Assholes on the Camino

You don’t see ugly pilgrims on the Camino. Why is that? What has been washed away by the miles of walking, the hours of talking, by our contemplation? The simple answer is, all the baggage we bring with us and leave behind along The Way. But there is so much more to this path. And the author of The Camino Club has captured its very essence.

As a Camino veteran, I appreciate Kevin Craig’s accurate portrayal of the sacred path. And I fell in love with the charac
Simon Donlevy
May 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book. Not just an adventure along the Camino de Santiago, but a book that is told from the perspectives of 6 juvenile delinquents; each one is so strong and diverse. You can’t help but fall in love with them as the The Camino work works it’s magic and changes their outlook on life forever. I couldn’t wait to get to Santiago to see what happened to them.
From one author to another, and from someone who has also walked the Camino, I have to complement the author on amazing job. Hi
Jul 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
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Danika Stone
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kevin Craig's The Camino Club is an Intricately woven story of laughter and heartbreak, loss and love. In it, six troubled teens take a journey through the heart of Spain alongside their court-assigned counselors, finding their way through the issues that brought them together. Funny and poignant, this story of friendship and falling in love will remind you that our paths are not defined by our pasts, but the choices we make each day. ...more
Nov 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Where’d you go?” she asks as the world comes back into focus.
This little novel found me at just the right time. A beautiful little trip away to a world outside of all the noise. This is a moving, and often hilarious, story about what happens when we realize that we have more that connects us than separates us, and we can only move towards our futures by staying true to our present selves.

Lace up your hiking boots and take a journey with this one. Buen Camino.
Lyndi Allison
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed trekking the Camino with these six youth and Bastien, the wise man who shares his insights. The author develops the Camino so well it becomes a character in the story. I loved the premise of walking the Camino as an alternate form of rehabilitation to juvie. Making mistakes doesn't have to be about punishment (although at times the teens feel the walk is a form of punishment), it can be about what you learn, the relationships you develop and the support you receive along the way. ...more
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I only give it the 4 stars because at certain points I felt like it was dragging just a little but it always recovered. I really enjoyed seeing all the characters go on this journey and find themselves and each other. The ending was bittersweet and it made me cry but it was absolutely worthwhile.
Jul 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved everything about this book! Will be gushing more about it soon, but this is a definite must-read for YA contemporary fans!
Lisa Reynolds
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another excellent novel written by Kevin Craig.

I highly recommend The Camino Club.
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Kevin is the author of seven novels: SUMMER ON FIRE (MuseItUp Publishing, 2011),SEBASTIAN'S POET (Musa Publishing, 2012), THE REASONS (Musa Publishing, 2013), BURN BABY BURN BABY (Curiosity Quills Press, 2014), HALF DEAD AND FULLY BROKEN (Curiosity Quills Press, 2015), PRIDE MUST BE A PLACE (MuseItUp Publishing, 2018), and THE CAMINO CLUB (Duet Press/Interlude Press, 2020). Look for Kevin's 2 new ...more

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