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Sleepaway Girls

(Whispering Pines #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  4,655 Ratings  ·  339 Reviews
When Sam's best friend gets her first boyfriend, she's not ready to spend the summer listening to the two of them call each other "pookie." Sick of being a third wheel, Sam applies to be a counselor-in-training at Whispering Pines camp in the New York Catskills. But what she doesn't realize is that it's not going to be all Kumbaya sing-alongs and gooey s'mores. If Ashley, ...more
Hardcover, 297 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by Little, Brown Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jan 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I have read this book 4 times now, and loved it every time. Of course, I am almost 14, so I get a different view of novels than some people. I fell in love with all the characters and the twisted romances. I did like how there was subtle humor through-out the book.

This is about a teenage girl whos best friend get's her first boyfriend and is with him all the time. Sam decides she doesn't want to be around that all summer, so she decides to goes to a sleepaway camp for the first time and learns
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Teenagers
I had so much fun reading this book the first time, three years ago, that I really wanted to re-read it. I usually don't re-read a book because:

a) I have to many books in my to-read shelf waiting for me

b) It's a little risky since I can find flaws I didn't see back then


c) I sometimes find annoying reading a book in which I already know everything that will happen.

So I picked it up again and...

It was still the amazing book I read three years ago!! It entertained me and made me laugh and feel a
it's not that the book is bad or so-so, i enjoyed reading it, it's just that it is so cliché that i kept thinking you could switch the mean girl's name, Ashley, for Tess, aka mean girl in Camp Rock, and nobody could see the diference. and during a big part of the book i was expecting them to jump out and start to sing or something v.v

probably the main problem is that i never had the oportunity to go to a camp, but this book fulfills every cliché and stereotype i've ever seen in american teen mov
Mar 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Montgomery doesn’t want to deal with her best friend this summer, especially since all she does is cuddle with her “pookie” little boy friend. Sam decides to go to sleep away camp; her first time ever and she is going to work as a counselor-in-training. She soon makes a small group of friends that care about her and want to bring the vicious, popular Ashley down on her knees. From the first day Sam arrived at camp, Ashley has been terrorizing her so why not get her back? Within her days ...more
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a lover of camp, when I saw this book at my library, I just had to pick it up. I was surprised to find this an actually intriguing book about camp and not too much like the rest. I fell in love with the characters, and this book put me through so many emotions. I've been reading this book non-stop all day, probably the most time I've ever spent on any book (besides tfios and the traveling pants series). This is an amazing light summer read, and it has put me in the camp spirit; I'm leaving ...more
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Apr 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Meh, this book was just ok. I think it's a little younger than what I'm used to reading. I love YA, but this was a bit cheesy. I liked how it was a light summer read. I liked that there was some summer romance, but the whole 'togetherness' with Sam's new friends was a bit much. I think younger readers would really like it. I would have loved having friends I was that close to at that age too. The idea of being at a summer camp all summer was very appealing to. That was something I always wanted ...more
Sarah Rosenberger
May 11, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: teens looking for a clean, romantic summer read
Sleepaway Girls piles overdone cliche on top of overdone cliche, and tops it all off with hokey pop-culture references & absurdly self-aware psychobabble (witness the fifteen year-old girl earnestly telling her friends "I'm a people pleaser...").

It is incredibly unbelievable in parts (at one point, dozens of people fail to recognize a girl they've spent the last 7 weeks living with because she has painted red circles on her cheeks & put on a yarn wig. Puh-leez!) and by the second chapte
May 17, 2009 rated it really liked it
It was kind of mix between Camp Rock and a tad The Parent Trap. Except without the Rock and switching twins thing. It was pretty good though. Had some originality. Could be better. Fast and easy read.
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was really cute, but I liked the sequel, Summer State of Mind a little bit better. It felt like it had more was about finding friends and figuring out who you really are, not just about boys. This did have some good character development moments, but I felt like, overall, the main problem was just how to get the guy. And I wanted a little bit more than that.

That's not to say there weren't adorable parts as well! I loved Cole...sweet guys are just my favorite. I did enjoy
Jul 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: one-offs
Thank goodness it’s finally over. From the extremely dated pop culture references, to the bad fanfic outfit descriptions and cliched rivalry, to the EXTREMELY cringey older teen who hits on (and eventually assaults one of) his underage subordinates, I hated every second of this book and couldn’t wait for it to be done. So yay, it’s done?
Cemara Dinda (Me and the Bookshelf Life)
When I found this book at the store, I was actually in the midst of my summer holidays. So I thought, why not? I should buy a book with a really summery feel to it. And I'm so glad that I bought Sleepaway Girls. So, from the synopsis above you could already see what the story is all about! Summer Camp! There's Sam Montgomery, your average fifteen year old girl in her summer holiday. She has a best friend who apparently has found a new boyfriend and she hated feeling left out. Sam loves her, but ...more
May 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Product Details

* Pub. Date: May 2010
* Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
* Format: Paperback, 297pp
* Sales Rank: 79,899
* Age Range: Young Adult

* ISBN-13: 9780316017183
* ISBN: 0316017183

Sam decides that she is going to be a CIT (counselor in training) at a sleepaway camp called Whispering Pines because her best friend, the one that she does everything for, has a boyfriend that makes Sam feel like a third wheel. She is at a disadvantage though because she knows no one and everyo
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Mar 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Clique; girls under the age of 14
Shelves: pre-teen, read-2012
Ha! I wish I could go back to those days when all that was troublesome was what I was going to wear and what to say the mean girl down the block. naive and innocent.

Anyways, I saw this book in a magazine when I was thirteen and I recently saw it on my library's website. So I just thought, hey? Why not?...Wow has my taste in books changed.

Obviously this book is meant for thirteen to fourteen year old girls. I'm pretty sure anyone younger could even read this. There was absolutely no mod
Erin DuBrock
Aug 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
This was a very cute and fun read. A perfect summer, easy-breezy novel. If you have ever gone away to a summer camp, or dreamed of doing it then you will love this book. It reminded me a lot of when I was younger and went to a 3 week long summer camp for a bunch of summers in a row. All the activites were there and plenty of friends and mean girls and not to mention hunky boys.
At 1st I was sort of annoyed, by how simple and shallow some of the characters seemed, but then I had to take a step bac
Rebecca McNutt
I've never been one for romance novels (my idea of a great summer camp story is the 1983 slasher film Sleepaway Camp), and this book to me was kind of corny. You remember that VHS tape dating service fad? No? Yes? Do I sound old? Well anyway, this book reminded me very much of those tapes, and not in a retro nostalgic way, either. :(
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
I've been at a camp just two times in my life and I didn't like it so much. But I actually really enjoyed reading this book ;-) It was pretty funny and I like the story. Sleepaway girls make me think that being a counselor-in-training at a summer camp could be really great! <3
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. I'm slightly disappointed that the 2nd book has nothing to do with the same characters, but I still want to read it.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it liked it
It was a fun, summer-y book. It reminded me of a movie you might see on the Disney Channel.
Michelle Wrona
Dec 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book was the perfect summer, road trip on the beach type of book! Jen Calonita expressed a total different message than her other books and I just loved it!
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Really entertaining! Couldn't put this book down!
Sep 09, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this at an interesting point in my life; had I read this when it came out, 16 year old Cecelia would've thought it was ridiculously stupid. However 24 year old Cecelia could not 👏 stop 👏 laughing 👏 at the insane 2009 pop culture references. Man, what a trip.

It's been a very long time since I've binged an entire book in one sitting, but this was it. It's a very simple, easy, mindless read. I love camp, so a lot of the camp culture was enjoyable to read about.

I had some pet peeves with a
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I have my glasses on, hair fixed and smell faintly of bleach from just finishing up the kitchen – I’m ready for another Book Review! Whooo, snaps for Jordan! :) I was just sitting around listening to Ke$ha (for the umpteenth time) when I thought why not?! I was considering doing one every Friday, but honestly I am not a fast reader. I would have to do past books and would probably be talking about Romeo and Juliet’s last and final act instead of the current topic at hand let’s say, Andrew Clemet ...more
Jennie Koh
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When Sam's best friend gets her first boyfriend, she's not ready to spend the summer listening to the two of them call each other "pookie." Sick of being a third wheel, Sam applies to be a counselor-in-training at Whispering Pines camp in the New York Catskills. But what she doesn't realize is that it's not going to be all Kumbaya sing-alongs and gooey s'mores. If Ashley, the alpha queen of Whispering Pines, doesn't ruin Sam's summer, then her raging crush on the surfer-blond and flirtatious Hun ...more
Caitlin Mcinerney
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
I thought this book was well thought out, and I enjoyed reading it.
This story is about a girl named Sam. Sam's best friend ends up getting a boyfriend. But Sam doesn't want to her spend summer being the third wheel so she apply's to be a counselor in training at Whispering Pines camp. But it is not what she expected at all. Working along side her is Ashley, the queen of Whispering Pines, but they are not friends, in fact Ashley's goal is to ruin Sam's summer. But it's not all bad at Whispering P
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally review books. I just don't know how and I'm really just lazy. This book though deserves one. It is so good. Have you ever had a friend gush about how good a book is and then you read it and you're like I liked it but it's not that great? That's what I thought this book was going to be like. It so wasn't. Three pages in and I already loved it. It's so real and you just can't help but get caught up in it. You're rooting for couples and for the characters to be confident and go for ...more
No, David! No!
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I never did the whole summer camp, so I was a little out of my element. I did think it was interesting how many similarities there were between this one and Sarah Mlynowski's Spells & Sleeping Bags.

The story was okay, and the characters had some funny quirks. I thought that issues were resolved too quickly. (I was worried it was going to be even worse when we almost had a "parent trap" moment.) This is marked as the start of a series, but nothing additional has been written.
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was ok
I definitely should have read this book before I read the second one. I kinda mixed up the story lines and just got confused. I would very much like to reread Summer State of Mind. This book did have some enjoyable parts but I felt like everyone was "perfect" in a sense that they all had good looks. Also, the two books had a similar plot which made Sleepaway Girls kind of predictable. Otherwise, this fin book had everything an exciting summer camp would have.
Clare Rose
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a great depiction of a summer at sleep away camp. The characters felt real, and although the plot was fairly predictable, the storyline kept me hooked so much that I finished this book in one day.
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