According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place—and she’s just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head—and her home state—and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens.
Zander does not fit in—or so she thinks. She has only one word for her fellow campers: crazy. In fact, the whole camp population exists somewhere between disaster and diagnosis. There’s her cabinmate Cassie, a self-described manic-depressive-bipolar-anorexic. Grover Cleveland (yes, like the president), a cute but confrontational boy who expects to be schizophrenic someday, odds being what they are. And Bek, a charmingly confounding pathological liar.
But amid group “share-apy” sessions and forbidden late-night outings, unlikely friendships form, and as the Michigan summer heats up, the four teens begin to reveal their tragic secrets. Zander finds herself inextricably drawn to Grover’s earnest charms, and she begins to wonder if she could be happy. But first she must come completely unraveled to have any hope of putting herself back together again.
This book is about a group of teens each having their own mental health issues.
One of the main characters is Zander, a teen struggling with her mental health. Her parents decide to send her to a special camp for at-risk teens so she can try something new. She acquires some new friends, including Grover Cleveland who she gradually gets closer to as time goes on. The teens have some group sessions together and also have some time alone as well. Surprisingly, Grover opens her up and helps her deal with her feelings. She begins to feel like happiness might be possible for her after all.
I saw a few reviews on this one and thought I’d give it a try. I read it in 2016. I really enjoyed the story as it reminded me of The Breakfast Club, one of my favorite movies. There’s even a reference to the movie in the book. Even though this is YA, I think people older in age can enjoy it as well.
The characters were quite complex. I liked the way they came together and helped heal each other. It would be wonderful if the author would write a second book about what happens with all the teens after camp. Hopeful!
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