Author: Hope Larson
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Abby is back at the same old camp she goes to every summer — except for the fact that this summer, nothing is the same. Her friend Rose is a cabin assistant, her friend Beth is pierced, and now the only person who doesn’t seem too cool for Abby is Shasta, the new girl.Shasta:
1. who is one-eighth Cherokee.
2. who was struck by lightning.
3. whose Internet boyfriend is a senior in high school.
4. who can’t do any activities because of various questionable ailments.
5. who is totally annoying to everyone but Abby.
Can Abby be friends with a girl who all her other friends can’t stand? Especially when Shasta has secrets that she isn’t even telling Abby? (Source: Goodreads)
Abby’s at summer camp, and while she was looking forward to it she’s not having a good time. Her friend, Rose, is ignoring her. Her cabin mates are mean, and her new bunk mate, Shasta, is weird. Shasta was struck by lightning and now weird things are happening around her. While Abby likes her she has a hard time avoiding the judgmental talk her cabin mates are making about Shasta. Can they really become friends? Even with all the tension between them?
I liked this but it was certainly not my favourite graphic novel. I liked the art, which was cute and clean. I found the story a little confusing though, which made it a little hard for me to read and really get into. I was a little let down by this book. I don’t think it was what I was expecting. I liked the relationship between Teal and Abby though, because it was super cute.
The plot revolves around Abby and Shasta’s friendship. Shasta is something of a mystery, with supernatural things always happening around her. This stuff was all kind of confusing? It was unexplained and just developed out of nowhere after a really long just sort of normal, contemporary story. I found it really out of place when the supernatural stuff started to happen. It just didn’t fit to me and made reading the book a little grating because I just got really confused.
The art was good. Maybe not my favourite, but still good. The characters were all a little too similar looking which made identifying the characters a little difficult. Abby and one of her friends are basically identical. Shasta and the other cabin mate are nearly identical as well. This made reading the book kind of difficult for me because the already confusing book just became even more confusing.
Teal and Abby together were adorable. They reminded me a little bit of Into the Wild Nerd Yonder‘s Henry and Jessie. They were nerdy and adorable together and it was just too cute.
Overall though, this book was a bit of a letdown to me. I liked it, but it was not what I was expecting at all.