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Summer State of Mind (Whispering Pines)

by Jen Calonita

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Who are your friends? How do they influence who you are and how you are perceived? For Harper, her "friends" do play a role in her identity. When she spends more than her father can accept, he steps in and sends her to summer camp. What seems like torture for the teen slowly becomes a learning experience. It is a fun ride, and one marked with new friendships, struggles and a touch of summer romance. She has an opportunity to use skills gleaned from her rock-producer father to save the day, if she doesn't mess it up first.

It was a struggle to get into it, but as Harper's adventures at camp really take off and she begins to enjoy herself, the reader does too. It may even make you want to go back to summer camp.
  KelSuzanne | Mar 7, 2015 |
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Harper is a teen who's dad has made it big in the music industry. She now finds herself in a private school with lots of money surrounded by girls who also have lots of money. They spend it freely. Finally Harper's dad gets tired of how Harper is spending and decides she needs to get back to "the old Harper". So he sends her to summer camp with her brother. She has a hard time adjusting to camp. But eventually she finds herself again.

This book was a very fun read. The scenarios presented were realistic. It is a good book on friendship and being true to oneself. The characters were relatable and enjoyable. I would recommend this book. In fact, I passed it to a friend who loves to read YA. ( )
  catzteach | Feb 10, 2015 |
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I enjoyed reading this book. The story reminded me of the days I spent at summer camp as a tween. The story was well thought out, and the characters were easy to take an interest in. Quick read for the poolside. As a parent of teenagers I was pleased with how "clean" the author kept the story. ( )
  KellyReeder | Jan 3, 2015 |
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Oh, to be young again and only worry about myself. Summer camp, for the entire summer, is used as a punishment for a young, high-spending, social butterfly by her parents to ground her in a world where money and clothes do not define a person. They want her to learn what is important to make a life. While she doesn't believe her parents, and starts out feeling her life, or at least her summer, is ruined beyond repair, she does find her better self. ( )
  susanbeamon | Nov 30, 2014 |
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Summer has finally arrived and fifteen-year-old Harper McCallister intends to spend her days at the mall shopping or by the pool at her country club. But after receiving her latest heart-stopping credit card bill, Harper's parents makes other plans, and ship her off to camp. (Amazon.com description)

This book deals with the timely issues of popularity and bullying in high school. It doesn't touch on the darker side of bullying, but demonstrates the hurt and consequences bullying causes. It's a light, fun read, with a good message to teen readers. ( )
  lrobe190 | Sep 24, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0316091154, Paperback)

Summer has finally arrived and fifteen-year-old Harper McCallister intends to spend her days at the mall shopping or by the pool at her country club. But after receiving her latest heart-stopping credit card bill, Harper's parents makes other plans, and ship her off to camp.

Suddenly, the clueless yet ever-popular Harper is the new girl at the bottom of a social ladder she can't climb in wedge sandals and expensive clothes. She seems to be winning over super-cute camp "Lifer" Ethan, though, and if she can manage to make a few friends--and stay out of trouble--she just might find a whole new summer state of mind.

A fresh and funny summer-camp companion novel to Jen Calonita's hit Sleepaway Girls.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:33 -0400)

"Spoiled, yet lovable fifteen-year-old Harper McCallister is sent to sleepaway camp where she is an outcast at first but eventually finds a way to make her mark, gaining new perspectives on friendship and life in general"--

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