The lost girls of Camp Forevermore / Kim Fu.

A 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.

Main Author: Fu, Kim, 1987-
Published: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, [2018]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
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Review by Booklist Review

Camp Forevermore was a beacon of empowerment for young women in the Pacific Northwest. Parents from all over Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia would send their daughters here to transform them from meek mice into fire-building, pine-needle-tea-drinking warriors. One fateful summer, five girls were taken out on a overnight canoe trip with counselor Jan. The sexagenarian camp employee died in her sleeping bag in the middle of the night, leaving the girls stranded on a remote island with no adults, and no way of communicating with the outside world. In addition to recounting the nightmarish debacle, Fu's sharp book is a study of the five girls later in life; in separate sections, she examines Nita, Andee, Dina, Isabel, and Siobhan as they become doctors, mothers, orphans, and widows. The way the women cope with adulthood trauma is informed by their first brush with tragedy: that sick morning when they woke up next to a corpse in their tent. Readers will delight in the complicated, brash, ugly, and sincere presentation of Fu's characters.--Eathorne, Courtney Copyright 2018 Booklist

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

In the latest from Fu (For Today I Am a Boy), which reads like a collection of linked short stories, a summer-camp accident changes the lives of five girls, all between the ages of nine and 11. Nita, Andee, Isabel, Siobhan, and Dina arrive at Camp Forevermore in the Pacific Northwest for different reasons-entranced by brochures featuring girls with "bold smiles of uneven teeth and no-nonsense braids," or eager to escape the strictures of their monotonous upbringings. At first occupied by swimming tests and self-conscious friendships, the campers soon embark on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island to become "capable, knowledgeable outdoorswomen." When group leader Jan falls ill, the girls are forced to traverse the island's dense woods seeking rescue, and must contend with the elements and one other. In sections that alternate between the events of the trip and the sweep of each character's adult life, effects of the trauma linger; from Dina's eating disorder and failed modeling career to Nita's sublimated, near-rabid need for her son to Siobhan's mistrust of children. Fu precisely renders the banal humiliations of childhood, the chilling steps humans take to survive, and the way time warps memory. Agent: Jackie Kaiser, Westwood Creative Artists. (Feb.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Review by Library Journal Review

For five preteen Camp Forevermore girls, a simple overnight kayaking trip turns horrifying when their group leader dies mysteriously and the girls must find their way back alone. One insists on remaining with the corpse; the others leave and promise to send help. Interspersed with their dramatic quest are the girls' individual stories-each voiced by a separate narrator-before and after their Forevermore experience. -Soneela Nankani is precocious medical student Nita, who becomes a troubled mother of two. Andee's story, read by Tavia Gilbert, is told by her sister Kayla, who chronicles the peripatetic childhood driven by their self-absorbed single mother's whims. Nicol Zanzarella is Isabel, who finds brief happiness in marriage. Emily Woo Zeller chases Dina, who finds only disappointment in Los Angeles. Sophie Amoss is Siobhan, who narrates the camp ordeal and elliptically reveals her adulthood as a psychology researcher. Fu's (For Today I Am a Boy) exploration of the harrowing intersecting moment among young people who barely know each other is a fascinating puzzle of reactions and reverberations. -VERDICT Libraries should encourage the broader audiences Fu's work so deserves by providing her titles in all formats.-Terry Hong, Smithsonian BookDragon, Washington, DC © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Review by School Library Journal Review

At the exclusive Camp Forevermore, upper-middle-class girls, as well as a few scholarship recipients, are given the opportunity to explore nature and "rough it" in the woods. When Nita, Andee, Siobhan, Isabel, and Dina are unexpectedly left alone on an island when their counselor dies, they must do everything they can to save themselves and maintain their sanity. Spanning decades, this tale examines the lives of the girls before the events at Camp Forevermore and after. Each chapter is written from the point of view of a different character, with Siobhan serving as the narrator for the events at Camp Forevermore. Andee's sister Kayla, who does not attend the camp, narrates Andee's story, providing a unique point of view. The cast of characters are racially, socially, and economically diverse. Themes such as cliques, adolescent insecurities, and the pressure to fit in will resonate with readers. VERDICT Purchase where realistic fiction is in high demand.-Ashley Leffel, Griffin Middle School, Frisco, TX © Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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