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Called Upon

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Kaitlin, the social pariah of her high school, is so relieved to have made friends at Camp Overlook—and time have caught the attention of a real, live, honest-to-goodness boy—that she is willing to look past the camp’s anomalies: creepy grey-eyed counselors, 24 hour video surveillance, and campers falling ill and then disappearing quietly into the night.

But when Kaitlin be
Paperback, 268 pages
Published 2021 by Morgan James Fiction
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Sierra Penrod
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book walks the delicate tightrope between being tender, suspenseful, and hilarious. Kaitlin is a relatable teenager, thrust into a wild situation that I did not see coming. Honestly, I knew I’d like the book when I read a few pages—the author’s tone is light and real. So I was pretty shocked by the twist and the suspense. It’s a page turner for adults, but I would have flown through it even faster as a teenager.
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hugs
I absolutely LOVED IT! It was exceptional and I couldn't stop reading it. I love Bethany's writing and I hope she will write more. It was such a page turner that I finished it in four or five days! I was so sad when I finished it because I hoped that the thrill wouldn't end. This book definitely deserves five stars. ...more
Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)
When most people say 'summer camp read,' I get the image of happy-go-lucky kids roasting marshmallows 24/7. This book was so much more than the typical summer camp read. It was full of thrills and suspense with a dash of romance on the side.
I really appreciated the character development, especially at the beginning of the story. Each character had their own distinct personality and I liked seeing all the friendships form.
Also the 3 POVS! Quite often, I find multiple perspectives annoying and con
Melanie Siokalo
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great YA book with lots of twists and turns! Really unique story with plenty of reminders of your awkward teenage encounters! Loved it.
Angie Reynolds
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Not knowing what it was about I was not sure what to expect, but once I really got into I could not put it down. I really connected with the characters, and with the great descriptive writing I felt like I was there with them. There were a lot of plot twists that you would never expect. I would highly recommend this to book, and I sure hope there is a sequel.
Stephen Allred
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Great young adult fiction book. Some great twist and turns throughout the book. Thoroughly enjoyed the read.
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolute page turner with lovable and relatable characters. The teen relationships warmed my heart and I found myself craving a hike, a toasted marshmallow, and some campfire cameraderie. The scary, sweet, and funny balance each other so well—and it is really scary! My hands were sweating at some key moments! I really hope there is a sequel and soon!
Sally Baird
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my daughter's favorite young adult novel. I bought the book for myself but she stole it from me before I could start it and is now reading it for the second time. She loved the suspense and thrill of it and found the teenage experiences to be so fun, funny and relatable. Can't wait to hear more from Bethany Lee! ...more
Kylie Lacefield
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was ok
For such a short book it took an awhile long while to finish. This book was just not for me. It was simple, it was a whole lot of dialogue (while not having much substance), and had one dimensional characters. It only got a 2 star instead of a 1 because I can see someone enjoying this book and I did at least finish it.

Problem number one and probably the most annoying thing out of the book and possibly any book I will ever read: the character Sierra using the word “y’all”. Y’all is used to addre
Dec 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I can’t give this book enough praise. I LOVED it. It was a fast, easy read with a driving, thrilling plot line with interesting and well-developed characters. But the thing I loved the most was the witty and honest dialogue and stream of thought and silliness that feels oh-so-important and sometimes painful to every teenager, that it made me laugh out loud many, many times (and I’m not the laugh-out-loud type). It made me remember how difficult and funny and fun it is to be a teenager and miss i ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
When this book arrived I was instantly intrigued by the beautiful cover and the fact that it arrived with a bow tied around it! Okay my TBR pile is huge so I'll read this another the description and I had to start it right away!

I was instantly intrigued. I was even recommending it to my 14 year old daughter before I was halfway through the book but I knew this was one she would enjoy! What an interesting read that kept my attention and wanting to know more at such a fast pace! To tel
Jennifer Rice-Allred
I love a clean book that still has suspense, mystery and meaningful themes. This book has it all and is perfectly done. The characters are relatable and interesting. I'm not a huge reader. Sometimes it takes me a month to read a book or I never even finish, but this book I read in 2 days. I loved it so much that I bought 2 more copies as gifts. ...more
Jane Pettitt
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, wickedly good. Murder mystery, twins, secrets, Kaitlin was a a high school student but not liked, Her mother sent to a camp overlook nestled in the woods, things were wonderful at first, people got sick, people disappearing in the night. What could be happening? What secrets does Ashley the mother hold? You will love this book fast paced enjoy
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best book I've read in a LONG time!

Oh my goodness! I consider this book one of the best purchases I made in 2020! This book draws you in and keeps you reading until the very last page. And wanting more from the author! It is a clean, fun and intriguing! You won't regret buying this book!
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book! It’s suspenseful, fun, and mysterious. 5/5!
Emily Louise
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Warning- this is one of those books that will leave you captivated and unable to do anything else until you’ve turned the last page. You’ve been warned!
Reviewed for School Library Journal.
M.J. James
Jan 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Two minutes into this book and I am a teenager once more. All of those uncomfortable teenage growing pains come flooding back as I sit with Kaitlin inside of that restaurant. Before I know it, I am whisked off to summer camp in all my 14-year-old awkwardness. Now my journey has begun. As I embark on what I am secretly hoping will be a summer filled with newfound friends, I am untrusting of those around me. Somehow though the days bridge the timidness right out of me, and I am poised for a fantas ...more
Elaine Campbell
Feb 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I'm waiting for book two! Great suspense with an unexpected twist! Good writing, great story. ...more
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic!!! I loved this debut book by Bethany Lee. The writing was scruptious, the teenage voices authentic, the story fast-paced, the teenage romance sweet, but the twists and turns were the best. Kept me guessing to the very end! Couldn't put it down. And now I can't wait for the next one! ...more
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
Wow! I need a second book right now! I was hooked from the first chapter. The characters were real, relatable, and likable, without the fake teenage drama. Didn’t see many of the plot twists coming. I loved that the author wasn’t afraid to let bad things happen, but still left me with hope and a thirst for more. I seriously hope there will be more books coming!
Breanna Sampson
Jan 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I devoured this book in less than 24 hours. Her writing style was smooth, creative, and descriptive. The plot twisted and turned, braiding together the characters' experiences flawlessly. It was a fun thriller that I would highly recommend! ...more
Katie Bateman
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down! Kaitlin ends up at a fancy summer camp with cute boys and new friends but mysterious things are happening...hidden cameras and campers disappearing. What is going on?! Gotta read it! Lots of good humor too, I was chuckling my way through. ...more
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it
This was a quick fun read. A friend knows the author and it was her first book, so I decided to buy it to support her. It was a super fun story. I think I’m going to give it to my teenager to read now...
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this book during a camping trip that I went on this summer and I couldn't have picked a better venue and opportunity. It was so fun to read and I got completely caught up in the story. I highly recommend this book! It is a fun fantastic read that you won't want to put down once you start. Intriguing and entertaining from start to finish and I love all of the characters. There were moments where I was literally holding my breath. You will love it! ...more
Missy Zell
Jan 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Called Upon strikes a great balance between suspense, humor, and a great story with unanticipated twists along the way. It's an an easy, entertaining read that doesn't get lost in the weeds. You just enjoy a great story and before you know it, you read the whole thing! ...more
Tiffany Greene
Dec 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Such a suspense-filled adventure! I thought from the first few pages it would be a light and fun read (the teenage woes of Kaitlin are hilariously relatable) but boy did I have no idea where this story was going to go and I was surprised in the best of ways. Couldn't put the book down! Is it too much to hope this is the next Hunger Games franchise?! I would LOVE to see more from this author! ...more
Dec 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Not only is the story intriguing, the telling of it from 3 characters' points of view is brilliant. It was perfectly paced and hard to put it down. While it was nicely concluded, it leaves you wanting more. Highly recommend this YA novel! ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The story and characters are very relatable, and also has a sci-fi element to it. I like the mix of mystery, suspense and fun character interactions.
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