Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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.
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore was a book I requested off Netgalley and I have to say it was a little different than I was expecting which I feel like I say an awful lot. Maybe I need to stop expecting certain things to happen in books, because they never happen and I always realise that it sort of puts a negative cloud over the book.
I think the problem I had with The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore was that it was obvious who survived at the end because of the way that the story was set up with the different character’s future selves being shown before the events were actually let to play out. I will say I was worried that there was going to be a Lost kinda ending to it which would have annoyed me.
The characters were all well developed but I didn’t think that the future stories were necessarily important for the plot or for the development of the event. I would have liked for there to have been more of a reaction to the fact that they were left on the island on their own. I do think there was a complete Lord of the Flies vibe going on which I really enjoyed! The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore did that quite well because it wasn’t over the top but was completely believable.
I did really enjoy the story and I found the stories about each of the characters interesting if not structured a little weirdly. I definitely think that the kids were a little older than what they were supposed to be and that was something that I struggled with a little. I would have loved for more time to have been spent on the actual camp and maybe to have seen more interactions rather than diving right into the drama and panic.
I really loved the writing style all the way through the story and I thought it worked really well with what was actually happening throughout the story. I think that this is what saved the story for me, and made me get to the end rather than ending it halfway through.
When I was thinking about The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore and whether I would recommend it or not, I wasn’t sure. I definitely think that it’s an acquired taste, and for that reason I can’t recommend it one way or the other.
Have you read The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!