The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
Okay, this is a great summer read. By "great" I mean it works well to read in the summer: set in a summer location (camp) and kinda dark (will keep you reading). It's difficult to read darker books in the winter — I vote save the sadder books for the summer and you will sleep a lot sounder because you won't feel sad about the weather! (Does this make sense?)
The plot is relatively straightforward: four girls attend a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest. They set out on an overnight kayaking trip, get separated from the counselor, and shit goes down. But the way the story is told is a bit frustrating; you see each of the four girls in their present-day life, and it flashes back to that night at Camp Forevermore.
One of the girls clearly emerges at the most sympathetic (because her perspective is the one through which the summer camp scenes are told), which frustrated me; I wish the four were more evenly balanced. You start to get bits and pieces of what happens that fateful night — and the impacts of that trauma. As Rich Smith writes in The Stranger, "Sometimes the traumatic experience helpfully guides their decision-making, sometimes it's seen as an omen, sometimes it manifests as a sense memory that pops up unexpectedly in the middle of social situations and either ruins the night or doesn't. Some responses to the same trauma aren't even the same every time."
Intriguing, if frustrating, read. Rating: ★★★
It's currently only $2.99 on kindle: https://amzn.to/2uoD03T
You can read an excerpt over on NPR.