The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore is one of those books that has been on my TBR forever. It’s also a book I knew very little about, so this book completely shocked me.
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.
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore is a story about a disaster, but it’s mostly a story about how you deal with a traumatic incident. It follows the lives of five girls who pick themselves back up and define themselves. We see the navigate relationships, heartbreak, vulnerability, and loss. Throughout The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore we get to know these girls, spending time in their lives, and there’s a tension between knowing how they moved on from the summer, while we wait for the events to be revealed.
Within these pages are stories of the thin line between love and obsession, giving up our dreams, and seeing ourselves for the first time. And as the book continues and only glimpses are revealed about Camp Forevermore, we wonder just what exactly what happened. There’s fear and desire, love and loss, and a tension in the pit of your stomach.
Have you ever been to summer camp?