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4.07  ·  Rating details ·  3,038 ratings  ·  780 reviews
From the author of the acclaimed Jack of Hearts (and other parts) comes a sweet and sharp screwball comedy that critiques the culture of toxic masculinity within the queer community.

Sixteen-year-old Randy Kapplehoff loves spending the summer at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens. It's where he met his best friends. It's where he takes to the stage in the big musical. And
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, queer
I fully support this author's mission to destroy toxic masculinity with a single queer book ...more
Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Alex at Little Brown Books for Young Readers for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

This is one of my favorite books that deals with mental illness! To see the others and to here me ramble about my brain, watch my video, A Brief Trip Inside My Mind!

"Honey, I’ve been around the block a lot longer than you have, and I promise you, a man who makes you change to be with him isn’t worth it."

When I received this book in the mail, I didn’t expect it
anna (½ of readsrainbow)
rep: gay Jewish mc, half-Korean gay Jewish li, Middle Eastern gay Jewish sc, demi lesbian sc, Afro-Brazilian-American sapphic sc, Black trans sc, nonbinary sc, gay scs

Review also on my blog. ARC provided by the publisher.

First things first: if you’ve read the blurb and you’re kind of worried about the whole "pretending to be someone else to get a boy" thing - don’t be. It’s handled with so much grace; Randy is being called out on his ridiculous plan by basically anyone who knows about it, const
Miranda Reads
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Randy Kapplehoff waits all year for the summer - because with the summer comes Camp Outland.

This is a camp made for queer teens and it's truly become Randy's home away from home.

There's his best friends from across the country, there's the pure joy of creating a theater production in the matter of weeks...and...there's Hudson.

Huuuudson. Swoon.

But, Randy never even got a chance. Hudson is only into straight-acting guys and Randy is very...not.

Hence: The Plan.

Randy has spent all school year wo
C.G. Drews
I just felt way too many things reading this incredible book. 😭It absolutely made me laugh AND feel teary, which is one of the best signs of a good book. But what I really have to talk about?? The fact that Rosen books unpack topics I don't see handled often in YA. I raved about Jack of Hearts (And Other Parts) which you seriously need to read as well, and how it talked about so many "taboo" subjects, not just for YA but for queer lit. And here is Camp, unpacking toxic masculinity in the queer c ...more
I bet y'all thought I will hate this based on my updates, and to be honest, I did too for a while, but it was really good, actually.
This book twisted my every braincells.
You know those morally gray characters - no one is fully right but everyone has a point?

The premise of this book is that Hudson dates only butch boys so Randy pretends to be one.
It irritated me in so many levels at first because if you act different to make someone fall in love with you, they won't really fall in love with you.
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lev Rosen is the king of writing books that queer teens need to read. Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) was educational in the funnest way possible, without ever getting preachy, and I had high hopes for Camp to be similar.

This book broke my heart right away, because it introduces us to Randy, who feels like he has to change who he is to be seen as attractive by the boy he crushes on. He knows that this boy is only into masculine guys, so Randy tries to adopt an alter ego who’s very masculine. Wi
3.5 stars

When I saw L.C. Rosen had a new book out, I knew I had to get my hands on it. Last year I read 'Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) and I loved it so much! While Camp wasn't quite as great for me, I still enjoyed it!

Camp centers around Randall who is spending his 5th summer at Camp Outland and this year, he's going to get the guy he's been in love with all those summers. The only problem is, to get Hudson's attention Randy will have to turn into Del. Randy loves musicals, nail polish and
Larry H
3.5 stars.

Should you go changing to try and please someone else? That question is at the core of Camp , a new YA novel from L.C. Rosen (aka Lev Rosen).

This is an adorable yet thought-provoking look at gender and sexual identity and the prejudices and misconceptions that exist even among LBGTQ+ people at times. It’s also a powerful statement about loving yourself for who you are.

Ever since he was 12, Randy has loved to go to Camp Outland each summer. A camp for queer teens, it gives him and hi
Jun 09, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
1.5 stars man. Just bc I am nice

I went into this book thinking "wow, this sounds like a gay mess. That will be fun". Trust me, it was not. I was intrigued by the idea of a queer only summer camp. Personally, coming out and finding myself was a difficult journey for me. I am 18 now and still have all my stuff figured out. I would LOVED a gay summer camp as a kid. But this... this felt like a poly cult, where everybody had sex.
Btw. This review could be a bit spoilery, because I hate this book and
★★★★✰ 3.5 stars (rounded up to 4)

Because last year I read, and really enjoyed, Lev A.C. Rosen's Jack of Hearts, I decided to give Camp a go, even if I was worried that the whole premise of 'pretending to be different to make someone fall in love with you' would be cring-y. Within a few pages however I was rooting for Randy Kapplehoff's and his rather theatrical 'plan'.
First off: I don't think I've ever read a book with some many queer character. Gay, non-binary, ace, transgender,
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Fanna by: Saimon (ZanyAnomaly)
Shelves: 2020-releases
July 02, 2020: Camp is an incredible queer story with a diverse ensemble of characters who collectively have fun while destroying toxic masculinity, making epic friendships, and growing to be their most authentic self. It's both insightful and educational through its aim to break stereotypes around LGBTQIA+ as well as appreciate them if that's what one really connects to as a personality.

[A lengthy af review will follow one day.]

June 04, 2020: This is one of the best queer books EVER.

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Jun 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 Stars

Full review HERE

As for Jack of Hearts, Rosen's previous book, I had much fun reading this novel! I enjoyed the setting, a camp where queer kids are free to be and express themselves how they want, it was such a nice thing to read and I very much appreciated every single counselor that helped and guided the kids, they were amazing.

The main themes of this book were very interesting, esp
Oh oh oh I adored so many things about this that I'm overwhelmed just trying to talk about it. My appreciation for Lev Rosen as a queer YA author is just through the freaking roof. As with JACK, I really, really appreciate the conversations this book has, the identities it respects, the sexual transparency, and the general love letter-ness to queer spaces. ...more
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm crying but like in a cool way ...more
Joce (squibblesreads)
what an amazing book 😭
Finitha Jose
Is this one of my regular reads? Absolutely not. Changing yourself to get the man (or woman) is something abhorrent in my dictionary. Someone who is not able to love oneself can never find love. So why did I bother reading this novel? Because I wanted to tame this judgemental devil living inside me. As one of the counsellors says in the story, everyone is allowed to make their own mistakes. Isn't that the way we learn?
'Camp' offers a unique take on an oft used plotline with Camp Outland as its
Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
DNF at 50%

This book just wasn't for me. I really enjoyed the build-up to the romance but other reviewers have said what I'm going to say better. The romance is built on a lie. Our main character transforms himself into a totally different person so much to the point that his crush thinks he's a new person at camp. They start dating and he continues the charade. What?! I thought the book had its moments and potential because it discussed judgement from society from being queer but I just lost so
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
All of this: Yes.

Yes yes and another yes.

If that book isn’t smashing toxic masculinity then what is? Am I going to recommend this book to every person that looks in my direction? One hundred percent. Do I want to go to a queer camp for 4 weeks and feel as safe and as good as they do? We have a yes again. This book made me feel so okay and so warm, that I wanna read it again as soon as it’s published.
❦ jazmin
Aug 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Because it’s what you think, isn’t it? We can be better. You said you meant it as be less of a stereotype. Act more like the straight people. You thought I was better. Just like you—special. I am special, Hudson. I am better.

This book could singlehandedly destroy toxic masculinity and negative stereotypes against the lgbtqia+ community if everyone read and absorbed the wonderful messages within it.

Unfortunately, in most books straight characters are “the norm” and diverse characters are on t
The Nerd Daily
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Maša Tome

I want to start this review by saying: wow! I read Rosen’s Jack of Hearts (and Other Parts) last year and loved it to bits, so I jumped at the chance to read his latest novel!

Camp follows Randall Kapplehoff who spends his summers at Camp Outland, a camp for queer teens, where he and the friends he made during the years at the camp can be themselves without judgement or weird looks. Randy loves musicals, nail polish, and colourful clothe
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Two things: this summer camp is wonderful and I need it to be a real place desperately and I am devastated I finished this book, I need many, many sequels.
This book was a absolute bloody masterpiece.
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kept seeing this book pop up in vague contexts of other people being interested in it but did not really see anyone I know posting about it, so it kind of just went under the radar for me. The only reason I finally got around to it was because of a book club, but I am actually really glad I made time for it.

Camp by L.C. Rosen follows sixteen year old Randy as he prepares to spend the summer with other lgbtq+ teens at Camp Outland. Randy loves this camp because it allows him to see his best fr
Fun, campy, queer rom-com! It's refreshing to read something entirely made of queer characters in a queer space. Rosen's sophomore YA novel takes down toxic masculinity and what it means to accept yourself as you are. You DO need to buy into the concept immediately, since it dives in quickly, but it's worth the ride. ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm also a book blogger: Vee_Bookish
(ARC provided by NetGalley, my opinions are unbiased.)

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I didn't initially enjoy this book, but it grew on me towards the end. I didn't fully understand why Randy wanted to change so much for a guy he only saw 4 weeks of the year, a guy who was jus
May 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
There are a number of things that this book is trying to achieve, unfortunately they all fell a bit flat for me.

The characters (majority sixteen year olds) read like mouthpieces for online think pieces. I understand that the author was attempting to create an almost-utopia for LGBTQIAP+ teens and in doing so addressed many aspects of sexuality and gender, but it was very... forced. The whole thing was telltelltell, at no point did I feel like the author trusted me to make my own mind up about t
Kate (Feathered Turtle Press)
One part the queer camp experience you've always longed for, one part bonkers romance scheme. 100% feel-good and hilarious.

The Good
– Smart, accessible approach to the culture of toxic masculinity in the queer community
– Diverse cast
– Fun and funny!
– Sex positive
– Characters who actually proudly state their sexuality
– A+ message: Be you!
– Modern, engaging, readable writing style

The Bad
– Concept of romance is a little sketchy
– Waaay too heavy on internal monologues for a bit
– Sexual content pushes
This book follows Randy, a teen attending a camp for LGBTQ+ teens. He’s been attending for years and has always fit right in with the musical theatre kids, performing in the musicals and loving the celebration of queer identity. However, this year he’s decided to trade in nail polish and musicals to fit the masculine stereotype and impress his long time crush, Hunter. Randy, now going by ‘Del’, is buff and straight-passing and immediately catches Hunter’s eye. As the two begin a relationshi
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