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Book Review

Publisher's Note:

Chloe isn't sure which part of Camp Minnehaha is worse: her bunkmate Victoria or a goat named King Arthur Chloe McCorkle knew a summer camp where you had to learn a career was a bad idea. She tried to tell her parents, but they just had to go on vacation to Alaska and ship her off for two weeks. It's not ideal, but she's going to try to make the best of it. She might even learn some skills that will help her make money for the new bike she's been eyeing. But Chloe quickly discovers there's only one area at which she excels; she manages to get more demerits than anyone else in camp...…

Overall Book Review:

How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer is a cute, quick read.  The narrative follows a typical summer camp trajectory and has the traditional tween characters: loyal friend, cute boy, spoiled and snotty rich girl, etc.  Chloe, the protagonist, does have several humorous mishaps that are entertaining and one can’t help but feel sorry for her bad luck. The quality of writing is solid and even-handed.  The wrap-up, while foreseeable, is satisfactory.  This is a good book to hand a tween for a summer read, and while it won’t be life-changing, it will be fun and enjoyable.  Summer is almost here!


Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  None

Violence/Gore:  Animal head butts character; character accidentally sprays another in the face with hairspray; mention of a family member that died in the past (2); horse likes to step on people’s feet; character purposefully trips another; character purposefully dumps tray of food on another’s head; brief food fight; playful punch to arm; scene of peril with a minor injury, mention of blood; character throws various items at an animal to get it to leave.

Sex/Nudity:  Parents kiss; girl daydreams about a boy she likes; characters observe that two teachers seem to like each other–they wink, hold hands, kiss; character thinks a boy and girl like each other.

Mature Subject Matter:

None

Alcohol / Drug Use:

None

Overall Book Rating
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Violence/Gore
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Sex/Nudity
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10

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About the Reviewer

An accountant and CPA by profession, I found myself a book reviewer for Squeaky Clean Reads by happenstance. When the opportunity came to transform that website into Compass Book Ratings, I was excited to seize it and meld my business background with my love of books. As the mother of three teenage sons, I have read a large number of children and young adult books and I believe that there is great value in a content review service. As much as we would love to read everything our children read, there just isn’t enough time. I also appreciate being able to select books for myself that are really worth my precious and limited reading time. I believe there is a book out there for everyone–they just have to find it!