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The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore | Kim Fu
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From the award-winning author of For Today I Am a Boy, a gripping and deeply felt novel about a group of young girls at a remote campand the night that changes everything and will shape their lives for decades to come A group of young girls descend on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, where their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets, and camp songs by the fire. Filled with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home. The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore traces these five girlsNita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhanthrough and beyond this fateful trip. We see them through successes and failures, loving relationships and heartbreaks; we see what it means to find, and define, oneself, and the ways in which the same experience is refracted through different people. In diamond-sharp prose, Kim Fu gives us a portrait of friendship and of the families we build for ourselvesand the pasts we can't escape.
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EvieBee
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The close of summer seemed like a good time to finally pick this up. What a treat, and not at all what I‘d envisioned. Fu‘s a poet, so her prose is lyrical and erudite.

The overarching theme was how traumatic events in our formative years can reverberate throughout the rest of our lives. I loved the way Fu structured the novel to highlight that point.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Creadnorthey
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Mehso-so

There is some very beautiful writing in this, but I felt like it was a tumble to the end and somehow did not round out some of the more awkward corners 3 1/2 ⭐️s.

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Creadnorthey
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Mehso-so

There is some very beautiful writing in this, but I felt like it was a tumble to the end and somehow did not round out some of the more awkward corners 3 1/2 ⭐️s.

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Hooked_on_books
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Pickpick

Five girls at a sleepaway camp go on an overnight camping trip where something goes very wrong. We are given this story one bit at a time while character studies of each girl as she grows into womanhood is interspersed. Despite the weak ending, I thought this was really good. (Goodreads calls this YA, but it definitely is not.)

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inthegreensandblues
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Pickpick

This novel is a series of intimate portraits of several very different women who shared a traumatic experience as girls. Each woman's story was compelling but there is a lot of sadness and realism and no neat conclusions. I recommend if you enjoy character-driven stories.

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Clwojick
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Panpan

Here‘s my #BookSpinBingo board🧡 I‘ve just finished The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, and I kind of wish I had bailed on it. The flashback scenes were intriguing, but the character follow ups were bland.

Number 7 ✅

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I hate those books where you just keeping thinking it's going to get better... and then it doesn't lol 2y
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tholmz
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Pickpick

I really liked this book and went into it hesitant. I didn‘t know if a traumatic story about kids getting lost in the woods would captivate me but the format of this book was drastically different than that. Enthralling and what a beautiful writer Kim Fu is.

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Eggs
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This is a gripping and deeply felt novel about a group of young girls at a remote camp--and the night that changes everything and will shape their lives for decades to come.
#forever
#jamminjune

Pogue I read this and it was not what I thought it was going to be.
2y
Eggs I liked it @Pogue 2y
Pogue @eggs it did too. I just thought it would be more about the camp. 2y
Eggs @Pogue yeah that was an unthinkable situation..... 2y
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OutsmartYourShelf
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Bailedbailed

Only read 3 chapters and I‘m bailing. A real disappointment.

Gnora Good call, I wish I‘d bailed on this one! 3y
OutsmartYourShelf @Gnora That makes me feel better about bailing so early 🙂 3y
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Eggs
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A group of girls find themselves suddenly stranded during a night spent in a remote, primitive area of the Pacific Northwest, with no way to get help

#camping
#spooktober
@Eggs

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biblio_ginger
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I haven't posted in awhile and recently treated myself to these lovelies so no time like the present! 😁 Now which should I read first???

#talesfromthecrypt #edwardgorey

ozma.of.oz Down Among the Sticks and Bones! ❤️❤️❤️ I love that whole series so much! (edited) 3y
biblio_ginger @chaoticgoodhufflepuff oh my goodness the first book was soooo good!!! 😍😍😍 3y
ozma.of.oz In all seriousness, this series blows me away with how good it is. And each book after just gets better and better. I cried through half of the last one. 3y
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ozma.of.oz Have you seen the news about SyFy‘s plans to adapt the series?! 3y
biblio_ginger @chaoticgoodhufflepuff I was surprised how quickly the first book grabbed me, I've been kind of burnt out lately. I heard rumors about a TV series, is it really going to happen?!?!? 3y
ozma.of.oz I haven‘t seen any new updates since March, so 🤷🏼‍♀️ I hope so? 3y
biblio_ginger @chaoticgoodhufflepuff well hopefully they do a good job if they do make it 😁 3y
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Eggs
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First one that came to mind. Teen age girls camping alone on a remote island....and how it affected them as adults

#camping #letstravelaugust @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

OriginalCyn620 👌🏻🏕📚 3y
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Gnora
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It's summer time and there's nothing I liked better when the weather is hot than a camp novel! I'm not big on thrillers, but set yours at a summer Camp and I am THERE. Some of my favorite (or most anticipated to read) camp novels. Or, in the case of Truly Devious, boarding school novels that feel like camp novels.

#SummerReading #Thrillers #Top6List #LibraryBooks #RA

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erinjohns
Panpan

I think the author forgot to write the ending.

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Reggie
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I honestly don‘t think we needed the camp aspect in here. This was five different stories of girls and their journeys to womanhood. Each just happens to have had a linking incident at camp. Each story is filled with uncertainty, disillusionment, and the swallowed articulations of what could make their lives better. Even though I felt cheated on the last girl‘s story this was a compelling pick overall.

Reviewsbylola I‘ve heard good things about this one so it‘s on my TBR. 4y
Centique “Swallowed articulations” - that‘s just beautiful Reggie. 😍😍 4y
Suet624 I‘m with @Centique 4y
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lauraisntwilder
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Pickpick

A compelling account of the coming-of-age of five young women whose lives intersect during a traumatic event. The structure and pacing made each section build upon the last. Also, I love the cover!

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Christine11
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I really enjoyed this contemplative book about the impact a childhood trauma or incident can have on a person‘s entire life. Full review on my blog now!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
https://lifewithallthebooks.com/2019/02/18/the-lost-girls-of-camp-forevermore-bl...

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Shadowfat
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the writing style and the characters but the focus was different than I thought. I thought this was going to be about the girls' experience at camp but that wasn't entirely the focus.

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KarenJMcLean
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Started reading this last night. Had to put it down at 2 AM with 59% read. I‘m a zombie today, and the only reason I‘m not reading it right now is because I‘m too tired to focus on the words! The narrative style is a bit jumpy, but you get used to it quickly, and it works!

julesG Why did I just read "Camp Pottermore"??? ? 4y
KarenJMcLean @julesG I keep calling it Camp Nevermore. I think I‘ve got Poe on the brain. 4y
julesG Better Poe than poo. 😝 4y
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Booksnchill
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This review is for Fu‘s short story “In This Fantasy”. The narrator is a woman with fantasies: she is a landlady watching a young woman have an affair and kill her abusive husband; she is in a cabin encountering a wolf outside; she is a princess on the morning of a revolution- feeling something for the first time; she is in her own life with children and fantasies of divorce, affairs, child abandonment- with love, freedom and regret.

myers85 Great review. Going to see if my library has a copy! 4y
Booksnchill @myers85 thanks- this is a short story that is part of the 2018 Advent Calendar- I don‘t know if it is part of a published collection but will check onthat - I just tagged a book by the author for the review. She is very good. (edited) 4y
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BookishTrish
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I‘ve injured my foot - not seriously - and so I have a few weeks #audiowalk free. Waiting for the #audiobus I still notice how beautiful the world is tonight.

erzascarletbookgasm Hope it heals quickly 💗 4y
LeahBergen Heal quickly! ❤️ 4y
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dragondrool Hope it's better soon. 4y
kspenmoll Hope your walking foot gets healed quickly! 💗💗 4y
Cinfhen Rest up 4y
JazzFeathers Hope you get better soon. What is an Audiobus? (Stunning pic!) 4y
BookishTrish @JazzFeathers I‘m just trying to make my commute sound fancy 4y
JazzFeathers @BookishTrish Oh, so you mean l get my trainbook dose everyday then? 😆 4y
BookishTrish @JazzFeathers Precisely 😂 4y
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BookishTrish
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So this is 5pm?!? #daylightsavings

Zelma No kidding! It was dark here by 5:30. 😖 4y
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BookishTrish
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What did others make of the fact that Andee‘s chapter focuses on her sister?

TheKidUpstairs I would have liked Andee's story, rather than Kayla's story and her perspectives on her sister's life. It's one of the things that didn't entirely work for me with this one. But I know others quite liked the way it was told, I think @Lindy was a fan? 4y
Lindy @TheKidUpstairs It worked for me because this whole novel is about how we experience things differently than others who go through the same thing. Andee and her sister have the same upbringing, but their lives are so different as adults. 4y
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BookishTrish
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Kayla and Andi 💔

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BookishTrish
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Sometimes your weekday just begs for weekend treatment #audioeats

GypsyKat 🤤🤤🤤 4y
Cathythoughts I‘m suddenly hungry 😋 4y
vkois88 I'm not entirely sure what exactly I'm looking at, but it looks delicious 😮😮 4y
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BookishTrish @vkois88 poutine! It‘s a Canadian thing. 4y
vkois88 Ah, gotcha!!! I may have to look it up and try to recreate it 🤔🤔🤔 As though I need it! Lol 4y
MinDea Yummy!!!!!!!!!? 4y
CouronneDhiver If you‘re curious about a poutine overload, google the restaurant called Smoke‘s Poutinerie. @vkois88 4y
vkois88 @CouronneDhiver now I have to!! 4y
vkois88 @CouronneDhiver 😱😱😱 omg that all looks insanely good... and so many choices!! 4y
writerlibrarian Poutine. That's definitely a weekend treat. 😎 4y
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Lovesbooks87
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Thank you so much @Regi_C for this book. I have been wanting to read it for a while and I can't wait to dive into it! #justabookswap thanks @TheBookKeepers for putting together this swap!

Regi_C You're very welcome! Enjoy~~~ 4y
TheBookKeepers This book looks good! Can‘t wait to hear what u think! 4y
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Bibliogeekery
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book! Five girls are stranded on an Island in a scary, tragic camping situation. The novel alternates between telling the story of the camping trip gone wrong and following the girls through their lives after the trip. It is really well written and the characters are super compelling. Great read!

Suzze I have an advance ebook of this. Glad to hear it‘s good! 4y
JoScho I love books with a camp setting! 4y
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Bibliogeekery
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Cottage reading

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Bibliogeekery
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Next up!

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julia-gulia
Pickpick

It's not what I expected and good so...i really enjoyed writing and I cared about characters enough, to follow up on their lifes after. I think, the description and reviews were off putting and I'm glad I picked this book up.

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EMWF
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"He noted the passage of time with such quiet wonder that Isabel felt it slipping away. She felt herself age, she felt the regrets she didn't yet have." Kim Fu will be at #emwf18 to read from The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, which explores the way a traumatic experience impacts and shapes the lives of five girls throughout their teen and adult years. bit.ly/2tC47XK #canlit

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SinkLikeTheMoon
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Pickpick

The reviews of this book almost turned me off reading it, but I'm glad I picked it up. Good read for sure.

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Jess_Franzino
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Panpan

I do have to say that Kim Fu is a wonderful writer. Yet, I just didn‘t enjoy 65% of this book. It centers around 5 girls that are abandoned on a camp trip after their leader dies, resulting in them being lost in the woods in a “Lord of the Flies” type way. THAT part was good. The rest of the book was short stories about the girls‘ lives, that were hardly even connected to the “event”. One wasn‘t even about the girl from the camp, but her sister.

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Eggs
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#authorswhoarenewtoyou #julyinbooks18 @bookisglee
Ron Koertge, Ashley Hope Perez, Kim Fu, Abby Ellin

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Eggs
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Five campers are stranded on an island; their adult guide is dead, the kayaks floated away, they have very little food and no communication devices.

DivineDiana Now what happens! 😮😬😳 4y
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Prairiegirl_reading
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I am giving this a “pick” because it was very compelling but it could have been a lot better. I know some people don‘t like the non-linear structure but I liked that. I just think the author could have delved deeper into each character and the ending was very abrupt. It felt unfinished to me. I still enjoyed it more than a so-so. #summerreading

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janeycanuck
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Perfect hot summer weather reading. I loved the approach of each girl‘s past and future being fully told in turn with the big event at Camp Forevermore anchoring everyone. I think a few things could have been flushed out a little more, especially since it was under 250 pages but still a very satisfying book.

5/13 for #13books13weeks

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SinkLikeTheMoon
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To avoid the heat, we went to Chapters. It wasn't that cool in there or else I probably would have ended up leaving with more. Picked up one Canadian author just to keep things balanced. 😊

SinkLikeTheMoon @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks good to know! I think I'll start that one next. 🙂 4y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @SinkLikeTheMoon yay!!! Let me know what you think!! 4y
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Aloisi_tribe
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️⭐️ Finished this after work this evening. Meh. I feel like the chapters concerning what happened to the girls at camp and what their lives were like after were too disjointed. It seems like something like what they went through together would have bigger, more long-lasting impacts on them. And the ending didn‘t make much sense to me. It was alright, nothing great.

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mariaku21
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Mehso-so

😒
Not sure what to make of this ending, it feels as if there's something missing.. Or maybe because it was a shorter chapter? Idk overall it wasn't bad, the back and forth of the chapters depicting the girls in different stages of life were written well but i just didn't connect to them.
#blameitonlitsyread

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candority
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I‘ve seen mixed reviews for this book, but I enjoyed it! It explores the way in which a traumatic experience at Camp Forevermore impacts and shapes the lives of five young girls. I found some of their stories more interesting than others, but overall, it‘s a pick from me! #canlit #emwf18

Reviewsbylola I‘ve been curious about this one ever since I heard it discussed on All the Books. 5y
candority Give it a try @Reviewsbylola! I hope you like it 😊 5y
valeriegeary I really liked this one! It definitely wasn't what I was expecting but it was beautiful all the same! 5y
EKonrad Agreed! 👍🏼 5y
candority I totally agree @valeriegeary. I was captivated by it! 5y
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valeriegeary
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Littens! 🤗🤗🤗 Hello! I have returned to the interwebz! It's been too long & I missed you & your bookish updates!

My social media haitus was refreshing. I was able to get a lot of good writing done! I still have a lot to do but I've got my momentum back & feel ready to dabble online again.

Here are 9 books I read and loved during my break.

Now please, tell me all the gossip! What's new? What have you been reading? What should *I* be reading?

MicheleinPhilly Welcome back! 5y
readordierachel Hello! 5y
Lindy I also loved the Kim Fu and the Maggie O‘Farrell. 😁 5y
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valeriegeary @MicheleinPhilly Yay! Thank you! 5y
valeriegeary @Lindy So good, right? I listened to the audio version of I Am I Am I Am and the narrator did such a great job! I was enthralled! 5y
saresmoore Hi & welcome back! So glad to hear you got some writing momentum! I recently read and loved Red Clocks, which actually made me think of you because it‘s set in OR. 😊 5y
valeriegeary @saresmoore So much buzz around these parts for that book! It sounds like exactly the kind of story I'd love! I'll have to move it to the stack. 5y
KarenUK I just read another Maggie O‘Farrell and LOVED it! 💕 5y
Lindy @valeriegeary Oh my yes! I listened to the audiobook also. 5y
TNbookworm Welcome back! I loved The Book of the Unnamed Midwife! Have you read The Book of Etta yet? 5y
valeriegeary @TNbookworm yep! I read it right after the first one! I liked it, though not quite as much. 5y
TNbookworm @valeriegeary I felt the same way! I hear there is a 3rd book on it's way! Excited to read it too☺ 5y
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mariaku21
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I went to the library to return books and these babies followed me home.
The top 4 are a total #blameitonlitsy moment.

MayginReads I'll be curious to hear what you think of 5y
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Pogue
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This is the first book I have finished for #deweysreadathon. I loved it but I have to wonder@if their lives would have been the same if they had not had the tragedy of what occurred at the camp.

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actualdisneyprincess
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I could not be happier to finally be done with this book, to be perfectly frank. It sounded so good in the jacket description, but then...it just didn‘t live up to it, for me. Disjointed and even sort of bland, it didn‘t feel finished. I might be in the minority in not liking this, but such is life. #thelostgirlsofcampforevermore #kimfu

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actualdisneyprincess
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Aiming to finally finish this book since I finished “I Was Anastasia” a few minutes before lunch. (And in honor of my pledge to eat better, I have a bowl of kale and veggies that tastes like a taco.) #thelostgirlsofcampforevermore #kimfu

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KassKho
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This break time is brought to you by The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

AlaMich That‘s a great photo! What is that building in the background? 5y
Captivatedbybooks This looks eerily like philly 5y
KassKho @AlaMich @Captivatedbybooks I work in the Old Port of Montreal. This is one of the buildings around the main square 5y
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Jillsandypants
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Randomly, 3 days after finishing this book, I found out that the author was doing an appearance at my local library! She was great 😊

Reviewsbylola Oh how cool! And serendipitous! 5y
Chrissyreadit That is great! 5y
BookishTrish What luck! I love her necklace in this photo 😍 4y
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