The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

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"From the author of For Today I Am a Boy, 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. 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 girls--Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina, and Siobhan--through 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 ourselves--and the pasts we can't escape"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
ISBN: 9780544098268
0544098269
9781328467690
Characteristics: 249 pages ; 22 cm

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Five friends, five character sketches, and one camping trip gone horribly wrong with lasting consequences.

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 isl... Read More »

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DPLjennyp May 16, 2018

Such a quietly beautiful book.


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therebeccaharris
Jul 03, 2020

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STPL_JessH Sep 13, 2019

This book had such promise and I really enjoyed Fu's writing style and the way she uncovers the layers of characters. I just really struggled with the structure. Why do we spend so many pages with Kayla?! Why do we spend so few with Siobhan? It seems as though Fu shines such focused light on a few characters that others are forgotten.

Fu writes beautifully and I admire the dark places of the psyche she traverses. I just wish that the structure was a bit more balanced.

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h_brooks
Feb 13, 2019

This book had the potential to be good, but it fell short. It jumps around and the transitions are not fluid. The lack of detail spent on one of the central characters was very disappointing, it was as if the author ran out of time.

DPLjennyp May 16, 2018

Such a quietly beautiful book.

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13Liz
May 12, 2018

I recommend this read. The timeline is done in a non-linear fashion, following each girl through her experience at camp to their respective adulthood. It's a shorter read that captures expertly crafted details. I really felt I was alongside the characters, who are all very different and well rounded. I found all the events in this novel to be pretty interesting and diverse. Give it a go! Perfect for reading on a beach amidst the nature depicted in this book.

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DeltaQueen50
Mar 02, 2018

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu is a series of interlinked stories about five young women. As young girls, Nita, Andee, Isabel, Siobhan, and Dina arrive at Camp Forevermore in the Pacific Northwest. The girls are ten and eleven years old and are all quite different from one another both culturally and in their personalities. Together they share a difficult experience when things go terribly wrong on an overnight kayaking trip. The story of this camping trip unfolds throughout the book but is inter-cut with stories about each of the girls, from their teenage years and on into their adult lives.

Their stories unfold in a sensitive, skillful manner and the author keeps each characters distinct and vivid. I was very taken by The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore and the strengths and weaknesses it revealed. These are stories that I expect will linger in my mind for some time.

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