It's Summer again and everybody is thrilled that it's time to head back to Camp Rolling Hills for another summer of sports, arts & crafts, and just general together-ness. Stephanie (a.k.a. Slimey) is pretty much leading the pack in excitement. She's pretty much recovered from her Dad passing away last summer and can't wait to be back with her bunkmates and her best friend, Melman.
Meanwhile, new camper Bobby (a.k.a. Smelly) is in another boat. Normally he attends baseball camp but his parents wanted him to go away for the Summer so that they could try to "work things out" so that's how he wound up at Camp Rolling Hills. After he meets his bunkmates for the first time, he's not sure if he wants to try to fit in, or start running in the opposite direction as fast as possible.
1. Summer Camp! I love a good Summer Camp story, as do a lot of people. Just look at Michael Showalter's (co-writer of Wet Hot American Summer) quote on the front cover. This book is filled with so much humor and fun and it's clear that Stacy Davidowitz is very familiar with all things camp.
2. I loved the characters! First there's the girl's cabin which is led by counselor Sara. I laughed so hard at all of their interactions with each other whether it was The J Squad shrieking at each other or Slimey consoling her counselor. Everything was really clever.
3. The boys cabin was funny in a lot of different ways. The scene where they try to come up with a nickname for Bobby is hilarious. I also laughed as they gave a rundown of everybody else's nicknames, like Totle and Play Dough. Their counselor Rick was funny too. I liked how he was able to work with Bobby and teach him guitar.
4. A lot of the different things that went on made me feel nostalgic for childhood, like dances and first crushes and those care free summer days where you don't have to worry about anything besides not getting sunburn. Not gonna lie, the final campfire scene definitely warmed my heart.
5. There is another book! 2 more books! I have a copy of the second one for review so you can expect me to read & review that on the blog within the next couple of weeks.
Sure, Camp Rolling Hills is a middle grade book, but it's filled with humor and will make you smile. I recommend this book to you if you like nostalgia and summer and summer camp! Also, if you have any kids or know any kids you should definitely have them check it out. I would have loved a book series like this when I was a kid! :)