Young Adult/Children

Rating Your Bunkmates and Other Camp Crimes by Jennifer Orr

This was a cute middle-grade story of friendships. Although I found it hard to believe Abby could think the way she did, I do not know many geniuses or prodigies so I cannot precisely comment on that exact aspect.

Abby has skipped a grade (or two) and has had minimal social interactions with the people her own age or even generally other children. Her understanding of ‘cool’ comes from internet searches and from watching french movies and a French Anthropologist. If all of these facts are taken into consideration, and we take the way she prepares herself as evidence, the rest of the storyline falls into place. She is in camp for the first time and has decided on a matrix to find the ideal sidekick. This does not bode well, primarily since she writes all this down in her journal. Things do not go well for her as she is terrible at reading social cues. Some events slowly spiral out of Abby’s control.

It was fast-moving, had a dose of emotions and things smoothen themselves out as the story progresses. It was a nice change of pace from my other reading.

I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience as an adult with only memories of being the age of the protagonists.

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