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The letters went out in mid-February. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains. Each letter came with a glossy brochure with photographs of young women climbing rocks, performing Shakespearean theatre under the stars, and spiking volleyballs. Each letter was signed in ink by tThe letters went out in mid-February. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains. Each letter came with a glossy brochure with photographs of young women climbing rocks, performing Shakespearean theatre under the stars, and spiking volleyballs. Each letter was signed in ink by the famed and reclusive businessman and philanthropist, Inge F. Yancey IV.By the end of the month, twenty-five applications had been completed, signed, and mailed to a post office box in an obscure Appalachian town.Had any of these girls tried to follow the directions in the brochure and visit the camp for themselves on that day in February, they would have discovered that there was no such town and no such mountain and that no one within a fifty-mile radius had ever heard of Camp So-and-So....

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Camp So-and-So Reviews

  • Amber McCarter
    2019-01-13 10:26

    I will be forever slightly stranger for having witnessed this story. That's a five star service, in my book.

  • Donna
    2019-01-17 16:32

    At first I was really disoriented by CAMP SO-AND-SO (as, I’m sure, were all the campers I was reading about). It’s a very non-traditional story told from multiple viewpoints in third person omniscient that tells multiple stories that are otherwise connected, but functioning independently from each other. It’s very strange but I adored the voice so I pushed through and I’m so glad I did.What a fantastic story. Every time I’m surprised by a Carolrhoda Lab book and I shouldn’t be because I’ve loved nearly every book I’ve read from them. They just know how to pick them. And CAMP SO-AND-SO is no exception. It’s campy (ha!) but in a grounded sort of way that mixes in the supernatural and the faery world in a way that perfectly blends together. Despite the fact that you literally have twenty-five different characters you’re following I never lost track of any of them (okay, I may have mixed up the girl in the orange hoodie and the girl with beads in her hair a couple times toward the end, but I think I’m a little justified there considering what happened between the two). They’re all completely independent of each other and they stand out against each other.CAMP SO-AND-SO was a downright fun book. It had the very quirky camp feel, but completely upended that entire trope on its head and nearly bastardized the whole idea. I loved it. I also loved that not everyone come out unscathed. Or at all. That appeased my blackened soul nicely. And the ending fit nicely with the overall tone of the book: fun and quirky with a dark underlying tone lurking just beneath the surface of the world McCoy created. Awesome.It’s a story that’ll appeal to the younger reluctant YA reader for all the action and playing around the story does along with the older YA reader who’s looking for something different, but still plays to known tropes within the genre (camping genre? is that a thing?). I was never a camp person (I was allergic to the outside when I was little, camp probably would have killed me) and CAMP SO-AND-SO made camp both appealing and appalling all at the same time. Although I’m pretty sure that was the point.An excellent read, I highly recommend McCoy’s book. There’s literally something for everyone (a hint of romance, the supernatural, super villains, the outdoors, an epic quest, and stagehands!).4.5I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Trisha
    2018-12-30 11:38

    "This quest is not a summer's game.It is not safe, it is not tame. Consider this before you pack - Some of you may not come back."This was a fascinating and interesting story with the love for summer camp, quests and villains, but also the fun fantasy magic and horror. There were so many twists and turns, I was glad it was broken into acts. And even though the cast was huge (5 cabins with 5 each + counselors, counselors in training and many others) - it was easy to keep track of the because each chapter was labeled a Cabin number and the symbol to associate with their story line. The whole book was also broken into Acts, to know when major events were happening and when the midway point was turning the plot. I loved the twists and turns but I must admit my favorite was the end - when the narrator gave us the endings - good or bad - and let us know how it would all be in a far away time. Such a great way to end it all.

  • Sarah Jude
    2018-12-19 11:23

    Very "Cabin in the Woods," if you like that sort of thing. The premise caught my attention, but the cover copy didn't really match what the story wound up being. Normally, that doesn't bother me, but it's a stylistically intense book. I liked DEAD LIKE ME by Mary McCoy quite a bit. I just wish I'd liked this one more than I did. I'll still look for books by McCoy though.

  • Carmen
    2018-12-31 17:31

    This book is so deliciously weird and interesting. Cabin in the Woods + Midsummer Night's Dream + sleep-away camp independence + a distinct cast of interesting characters all carefully layered into an interesting weave with metacognitive storytelling. Stranger things have been published, but they are rarely this satisfying.

  • Heidi
    2019-01-06 12:30

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked up this book, but the description rather intrigued me. And the book certainly didn't disappoint in that regard. The plotting here is masterful as the author tells the story through the eyes of an unknown narrator (unknown until the end that is) with plenty of side comments from said narrator that leave you wondering exactly who this person (?) is. And that doesn't even count the five other story lines, one for each cabin of girls at the camp, each of which takes on a life of its own, until each of the individual story lines comes together at the end. With 25 girls as well as Tania and her minions who live at a leadership camp across from Camp So-and-So, not to mention Robin, the assistant camp director, as well as the mysterious Inge F. Yancey IV and the mysterious narrator, there are numerous characters to try to keep track of here. Because of the large number of characters, all of whom play a significant part in the story, this book works best for more experienced readers who can manage to keep track of what happens to and with all the different characters, especially since some of the characters aren't even given names.It's clear from relatively early in the story that there are some supernatural elements at play in the story. This gives the story a rather creepy, mysterious atmosphere. And the complicated collection of events and events makes the book one that is almost impossible to predict. I can safely say that I've never read a book quite like this one.In terms of content, there is some kissing (girl/girl, girl/boy) as well as a moderate amount of violence (several deaths and almost deaths occur). All in all though this is a book to share with readers who enjoy the spooky, the odd, and the weird. Even the ending isn't quite what one would expect. This one could make for a pretty awesome book talk.

  • Chelsea
    2019-01-13 14:41

    This was a totally expected book for me. I picked it up because how can you not want to read it after that summary??- I loved how each of the five cabins got their own mini adventure and they all came together in the end. It made the story SO much more fun and each story had pieces to the final puzzle in them. Each story was very different from the other but since they were all set at this same camp they all fit together perfectly. It was a lot of fun to read.- There was also a spooky sounding narrator that popped in every once and a while to either give us some background information or fun comments. It was a really cool way to write the story but I think it'll be hit or miss with people. I thought it made the story a little funny at times but it was also a great way for the narrator to give us information about the characters that we might not have known otherwise.- My only complaint was that I found the middle section to be a little boring. Nothing that made me want to give up reading but I also didn't mine putting the book down for a while. It's not the 'on the edge of your seat' kind of book. It's more of a subtle story with a puzzling mystery mixed it. It was definitely different from anything I've ever read.- Bonus points for having a diverse range of characters while not being the key point of the story. One character struggles with the other kids knowing she likes girls while another mentions how she doesn't fit in because of the colour of her skin. Both very real problems kids have today but luckily both characters found their place at this camp. Isn't that what camp is supposed to help you do after all?- If you like a lot of character development in your stories then this isn't the book for you. There's lots of characters and they're all great but this is a very plot oriented book and it's meant to be that way.

  • Vicki
    2019-01-07 15:36

    I'm really torn between a 3 and a 4, so I'd give this one a 3.5 and round it up to a 4. I really enjoyed the camp setting, the mystery of 5 cabins and their various campers and counselors. What I really wasn't expecting was the paranormal aspects of this book. But I really like it a lot and I loved that I was kept wondering what was really going on. I think the author did a really good job of creating something unique.

  • Llyr Heller-Humphreys
    2019-01-13 16:14

    An absolutely delightful adventure full of magic, mystery and mayhem. Being a prior stage manager I loved the way the story was set up and written, the characters and, of course, the stage manager rules. This would be a great book for any HS book club. There's a great deal to discuss.

  • Abigail
    2019-01-14 18:27

    I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book - it was odd, and I'm not sure to whom I should recommend it, but it was a lot of fun, and very creative. It's definitely YA, with some darkness (and some literary references), so for all that it's about a summer camp, I'd keep it teens and up.

  • Rebekah O'Dell
    2018-12-30 12:29

    This was a straaaaange little book. It certainly kept me intrigued. I would be interested to meet the student who would put in the work to track with this book through the end. Glad I picked it up, but I don't think I'll be adding t mo my classroom bookshelf.

  • Julie Verive
    2018-12-24 13:14

    Another riveting novel by Mary McCoy - I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! Very clever, bravo!!

  • Courtney
    2018-12-19 13:20

    25 girls are selected to attend Camp So-and-So, but if any of them had done their research, they'd know that something is very, very strange about their camp. Cabin 1 is trying to overcome their differences so that they can beat the neighboring fancy-pants camp in a series of classic camp competitions.The girls of Cabin 2 have found themselves in a blood-drenched nightmare, recalling classic horror tropes.The girls of Cabin 3 discovered a prophetic-sounding inscription in their cabin. They're on a quest to defeat..something so that they can rescue...something else. They're sure they'll figure it out eventually.The girls of Cabin 4 have found their soul mates and have grown obsessed.Cabin 5 was almost immediately surrounded by an impassable wall of brambles.Throw these scenarios together and add a mysterious and occasionally snarky omniscient narrator and mix well. The result is a truly unusual, albeit somewhat disorienting, novel. It's certainly not the book for everyone, but I'm a fan of really weird books and this fit the bill nicely. Readers won't have any idea what to expect until roughly half-way through when it becomes apparent that there's a bigger story uniting these seemingly disparate adventures. Camp So-and-So blends genres and tropes to create something that feels surprisingly fresh, but readers shouldn't go looking for logic or life-altering revelations. If, however, readers are willing to suspend not only their disbelief, but also their expectations, they're in for a quite a ride.

  • IZ8
    2019-01-11 15:20

    this book changed my taste for reading

  • Marianne
    2019-01-04 18:22

    Loved it!

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2018-12-20 14:27

    CAMP SO-AND-SO by Mary McCoyI am ecstatic that I bought this book, because I found it totally enrapturing. It's sort of Appalachian rural fantasy plus Fae plus twists and turns that try the most intellectuallt brilliant reader, scares and dangers that awaken even the most jaded reader, and the coming-of-age of a sizable number of characters. There is brainwashing and personality separation, warmth and affection (possibly even love), friendship and tension and fear. In short, the novel has about everything, including a setting, a premise, and a plot line that is so outre, yet so engrossing. I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say: if you love “urban fantasy” played out in a scenic mountainous setting; if you love fairy tales or the classic Greek gods and their ilk; if you cheer for strong female characters (both “good” and villainous are included); if you sympathize with weakness and empathize with characters who have failings, read CAMP SO-AND-SO.

  • Astrid Kaniele
    2018-12-21 16:22

    I requested this book from Netgalley out of pure curiosity. I love camping and, my God, I wish I'd been to summer camps as a kid. As such, I didn't have high expectations for this book. I figured it'd be a two star, at best (because I'm a horrible person who judges books by their cover and I don't like this cover). As soon as I begin reading, though, I realised my expectations are going to be challenged. Camp So-and-So is told through a series of 'acts', like a play, and the narrator butts in to add commentary at regular intervals, reminding me of A Series of Unfortunate Events.Indeed, for the campers at Camp So-and-So, there is a series of unfortunate events. Five groups of girls are put through differing horrors, all stories told parallel to each other until the end, where all the stories intertwine. Camp So-and-So was exciting every step of the way. Though told a little oddly (which initially put me off), I wouldn't have it any other way. If you're fancying something a little different in the YA fantasy/mystery genre, Camp So-and-So is well worth a read.

  • Katie
    2019-01-04 12:38

    This was interesting and certainly kept me reading! I guess I feel like I maybe needed a little more at the end to tie it all together and explain the camp a little more. (view spoiler)[Who was the director who resigned? Was she human? Were the counselors? (hide spoiler)]But nicely different from any YA I've read in a while.

  • Tony
    2018-12-31 11:18

    This novel was a very entertaining and quirky blend of horror, thriller, with a smattering of the supernatural thrown in. Probably aimed at children, girls most likely, of the ages 12+ it played around with the standard horror film setting of teens on a remote summer camp, with something nasty going to happen…. However, although the author I’m guessing was probably a horror film buff she has come up with an original and clever tale which should entertain younger teens. The camp is full of your average group of horror film teen clichés, drama queens, loners, those only interested in their hair and boys and lots of others. Split into cabins the dynamics of the rooms work pretty well and the tension builds when one girl disappears and rumours begin to circulate about nastiness happening in the camp in the past. The book has an odd structure which I think teens are going to have to concentrate on to follow the story, otherwise they might give up too soon. Along the way there are some decent twists, suspense and you can’t help but think you might be in a Friday the 13 Film and it was cool when the cabins actually begun to figure out what was going on. Actually, it reminded me of lots of other books/TV, but in a pop culture sort of way it most definitely turns into its own work as it runs with plenty of fresh riffs on this popular YA genre. Summer camps are very American, so I’m not sure whether an American audience with identify with it so much, but you will most definitely have a good laugh at some of the Councillors, one girl when she meets her Councillor is greeted with “If you bother me I will END you! Ouch. Recommended.

  • Christie Walker
    2018-12-25 14:22

    I was drawn to this book because of its Agatha Christie-like premise (think And Then There Were None meets summer camp) and the hope that it would be a somewhat modernized version of her famous mystery, but this is not that, and this novel is unlike anything I've ever read. Everything about this story captured my attention and imagination -- the bizarre plot(s), the unconventional structure, the mystery narrator, and the fierce, brilliant, young female characters I completely fell in love with (especially Verity, sometimes Dora, and even Cressida). I never knew what to expect and had to really invest myself in the details I read to try to figure out what was going on at this unbelievable camp. This story can be tricky to follow, but it is so worth it. I cannot wait to read it again and again.The very best thing about this book is the unassuming band of twenty-five campers you get to know, all young women from different backgrounds, races, and social cliques. Without each of their smarts, talents, and unique brand of bravery, the story just wouldn't be the same. After reading this book, you will never again doubt the power of teenaged girls and their ability to do the impossible. Seriously, sign me up for Camp So-and-So...or at least Mary McCoy's next book!

  • Chelsey
    2019-01-18 11:39

    25 girls enter Camp So-and-So, where they're divided into cabins and sent into their own storylines. One must compete against preppy snobs in the All Camp Sport and Follies. One finds they're being chased by a killer. One discovers a quest they must complete. One meets their soul mates. And one must simply fight to survive. But are these individual stories part of a larger scheme, more twisted than any of them can imagine?Rambling, unfocused, and so stylistically-overdone, this book was such a chore to get through. Just when I felt myself start to become invested in an individual storyline, the author would switch to a different one. This honestly just felt so tedious - McCoy really embraces her style, which is commendable on the one hand, but it absolutely didn't work for me, so I felt like she was bashing me over the head (repeatedly!) with it. The whole ending was resolved really strangely, too, as it felt drawn out and overexplained while simultaneously being incomprehensible.

  • Diversireads
    2018-12-24 17:35

    The letters went out in mid-February. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains. Each letter came with a glossy brochure with photographs of young women climbing rocks, performing Shakespearean theatre under the stars, and spiking volleyballs. Each letter was signed in ink by the famed and reclusive businessman and philanthropist, Inge F. Yancey IV.By the end of the month, twenty-five applications had been completed, signed, and mailed to a post office box in an obscure Appalachian town.Had any of these girls tried to follow the directions in the brochure and visit the camp for themselves on that day in February, they would have discovered that there was no such town and no such mountain and that no one within a fifty-mile radius had ever heard of Camp So-and-So.I picked this up (from the library this time; my wallet was crying as if its heart would break, so I was a good girl and borrowed instead of bought) after seeing a review of the novel on Kirkus (or maybe it was SLJ; I don't really remember). It sounded like just my kind of book: creepy, ever so slightly off, quirky, and about cunning, resourceful girls––and of course, as per blog theme, diverse. Well, it certainly was those things.Camp So-and-So follows five cabins full of girls as they arrive for a weeklong camping experience––Cabin 1 is participating in a competition against the fancy camp across the lake in order to live there next year, Cabin 2 is running from a killer in the woods, who may be a vengeful former camper, Cabin 3 is made up of adventurous heroes who, upon reading a prophecy, immediately head off to fulfill it. Cabin 4 finds their soulmates, but there's something not quite right about them, and Cabin 5––well, Cabin 5 falls down a pit and is subsequently cut off from the world by a thick wall of bramble, and it may already be too late for them.This reminded me of Beauty Queens in some ways––but less tropical island, more Appalachian wilderness, less evil corporations, more chaotic neutral beings (and an evil corporation, but that's a redundancy). Its cast of characters is fairly diverse (not necessarily as diverse as I would have liked, but I can't say that it wasn't), and the diversity is woven very seamlessly into the plot itself––it's not left unaddressed, but the main thrust of the novel is still horror/thriller/mystery.Camp So-and-So was also quite atmospheric, which is something I generally enjoy in a novel. But ultimately, my low(ish) rating comes down to this: it's a very scattered novel. Sometimes, large casts of characters work––they may start off confusing, but you ultimately pick up who is who in due time, and it's fine. We move on. But here, even towards the very end of the novel, I was having trouble telling minor characters apart, and at a certain point, it just got incredibly frustrating––and I generally pride myself on having a good memory.The ending was also underwhelming. Pieces started falling into place much to late to do anything useful with them, in large part because the novel seemed too invested in sustaining its own strangeness and mystery. Things happened more through convenience and less through cunning, and the problem at the heart of the novel was not actually solved, and I finished the novel asking myself why I'd read it in the first place, because if it was just for it strangeness, there are other books that I could have read.Overall, kind of underwhelming, but not bad for a first book back into the reviewing game.

  • Karen R
    2018-12-26 13:27

    4 stars. Still not sure what I just read, but I liked it! Camp So-and-So is a summer camp for 25 campers divided up into 5 cabins. Each cabin has 5 campers. They attend by invitation only. From the Prologue: "The letters went out in mid-February, when the weather had been so cold and so gray, and everything had been so buried in snow for so long, and the idea of riding a horse or rowing across a lake seemed so impossible, the brochures might as well have been promising magic. There were 25 letters in all. They went to girls who lived in apartment buildings in cities and farmhouses in the country and condos in the suburbs. Each letter invited its recipient to spend a week at Camp So-and-So, a lakeside retreat for girls nestled high in the Starveling Mountains, on a merit scholarship. By the end of the month, 25 applications had been completed, signed, and mailed to a PO box in an obscure Appalachian town. Had any of these girls tried to follow the directions in the brochure and visit the camp for themselves on that day in February, they would have discovered that there was no such town and no such mountain and the no one within a 50 mile radius had ever heard of Camp So-and-So."Once they arrive, the camp is horrible. The food is gross, the accommodations barely livable, and there are very few staff members. Camp So-and-So turns out to be a very dangerous place. Cabin 1 must face off against their rivals, the posh campers across the lake - who may be more dangerous than they seem. Cabin 2 is being stalked by a murderous former camper. Cabin 3 sets off on a quest to break an age-old curse. Cabin 4 will meet their soul mates, who also pose a deadly threat. Cabin 5 … well, it may already be too late for Cabin 5. This is no ordinary camp. Survival will require courage, cunning, and perhaps even magic. And the hot dogs are terrible.I stayed up way too late last night reading this because I just couldn't wait to see how it ended. I'm still not sure I understood some of what happened, but it's like nothing I've ever read before. Very clever and entertaining, Ms. McCoy deserves a round of applause for creativity and a solid 4 star rating. Read it!

  • Karima chermiti
    2018-12-25 12:17

    Make new friends, but keep the rest.Old friends know just how to hurt you best.I had many questions while reading this book, only one of those questions was answered by the end of the story. And that’s a problem for me. With some genre like philosophy or science fiction, I can tolerate not having may questions answered because it all depends on how you interpret things. But this fantasy Young Adult, so, it’s more appreciated to have an ending that clear the confusion and the mystery. I don’t care if it’s sad or happy or controversial. It just needs for all those story lines that were a bit foggy to make sense in the end. That was my main issue with the book.The best thing about the story is the concept and how original it felt. And even though I felt the ending was a huge let down because it was so usual and it did not go well with the rest of the story which was strange, unusual and extremely weird in the best way possible. The mystery was perfectly executed and it added another layer to the atmosphere. I also want to compliment the strong sense of place I felt during the whole journey that each group of characters endured and went through.In evil times when darkness threatens day,One soul among you must hold it at bay.When it comes to the characters, it’s hard for me honestly to say anything about them that will make want or not want to read the book because there’s not much on that front. The story is plot driven and it concentrates more on what happens to the characters more than the characters themselves. And the cast of characters is huge anyway so sometimes, I was confusing one character with another, so you need to be really concentrating so you won’t feel lost to the story. It’s also important to mention that I really liked the writing style and how it affected the atmosphere brilliantly. It added a sense of doom to the story and I was worried always about the fate of the characters, even the ones without name.This quest is not a summer’s game.It is not safe, it is not tame.Consider this before you pack—Some of you may not come back.

  • Sherri
    2019-01-02 15:37

    Looking for a weird, wild, campy story that’s reminiscent of A Midsummer Night’s Dream? Then Camp So-and-So might be for you. Picture 25 diverse girls receiving a special invitation (and scholarship) to attend an exclusive summer camp in the Appalachian Mountains--yet if any girl had taken the time to research the camp beyond its glossy brochure they would have found it didn’t exist.Readers learn pretty quickly that this is no ordinary tale as the book has acts and cabins instead of chapters. Also, an unknown omniscient narrator appears at random points making confusing, cryptic comments. For example, when a character thinks she’s the only camper who returned from last year, the narrator notes: “This was partly true, but also not true at all.”The camp boasts 5 cabins that are best described as lean-tos with fabric walls and a cafeteria that contains barely more than some gray hotdogs. Each cabin of 5 girls faces its own dilemma that could become life-threatening: Cabin 1 must compete in the All-Camp Sport & Follies; Cabin 2 faces a terrifying killer in the woods; Cabin 3 reads ominous verses written on their ceiling and immediately embark on a quest; Cabin 4 finds themselves physically and invisibly dragged across the woods and see their soul mates in a hidden cabin; and Cabin 5 is suddenly surrounded by thorny brambles forcing the girls into survival mode.The story is also magical as people and things appear at will and then without warning, information about stagehands appears and the reader learns that someone is orchestrating the events at camp and that not every character is who she appears to be. What dark, sinister force has created this ‘live play’ that forces innocent girls to face their worst terrors? Who’s behind this and how can anyone survive? More importantly, with five groups of characters to follow, how can readers care and cheer them on when it’s hard to follow what’s happening? Teens looking for a bizarre story might enjoy this strange tale of girls trapped in a live play that exists for the amusement of nefarious others. Try giving this to kids in drama. Characters are diverse in race, economic background and sexual orientation.

  • Melissa
    2019-01-02 13:29

    Camp So-and-So combines the most potent portions of Cabin in the Woods (2011) and Beauty Queens. We are left with a patchwork of characters that have unique personalities, an eerie premise, and just enough humor to lighten the mood when needed.Within the first few pages, I was hooked. Readers follow five different cabins and, thus, five different stories that each seem to stem from a different genre such as romance, fantasy, or horror. As the paths of the girls begin to cross they discover more of the mystery that encircles all of them.Despite my fears at the beginning of this book, the 25 campers have a decent amount of diversity among them, not only creating a more compelling story, but allowing the representation of strength in its many forms from many walks of life. The method of storytelling alters as we switch between Cabins and characters, but slowly melds together in a fashion that keeps pace with the action.My only true complaint, keeping this from a glowing 5-star review, is the length of the ending itself. It felt like the of of Return of the King (the film) where more and more just kept happening with the resolution being pushed further away from our grasp as soon as we thought a conclusion was on the horizon. This is understandable in the format as the story had multiple facets that needed to be addressed and resolved, but it took the steam out of the overall adventure. Just keep going, though! It's still worth it at the end!

  • Trevor Redd
    2019-01-14 18:27

    I struggled with deciding if this book merited three or four stars. I ended up going with four stars because everything came together so well in the end.Initially I wasn't sure what to think of this book. On the surface, this book has a lot of things that I love, but I just couldn't get into it. The macabre undertones and air of mystery intrigued me, but I felt like it may have started a little too disjointed for me. (In "Camp So-and-So"s defense, that may have been due in part to the reading conditions under which I started.) In fact, I began to find "Camp So-and-So" such a revolting placeholder for the name of the camp that I was just about ready to give up reading. I understood the reasoning, but for some reason I found myself peeved.Despite being on the verge of being overwhelmed by all the questions I had and the lack of answers, I was intrigued enough to stick with it. I'm glad that I did because the more I read, the more I liked. The stories began to converge together and elements of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer's Night Dream" began to emerge. I liked that so much of this story was unexpected, yet underneath it all, there were many familiar things with which I could relate (camp/camping, stories of adventure, Shakespeare plays, etc.)Fans of Netflix's "Stranger Things" will likely love this book for the dark and confusing events.

  • Katie Finch
    2019-01-18 18:12

    The best word to describe this book? I'd have to say... interesting. I didn't know too much about it going in, but it had me intrigued. Then, I had so many questions I couldn't stop reading it, so I suppose it was definitely a page-turner. Camp So-and-So is a good mix of mystery and fantasy. I came for the mystery and got a way bigger dose of fantasy than I'd anticipated. Like I said, this didn't make it bad, just... interesting.My biggest problem with this book is the sheer number of characters. 25 girls, 5 soul mates, 4 camp staff, innumerable antagonists, 2 side characters whose names look like they should be anagrams but aren't, and a partridge (raven?) in a pear tree. Don't get me wrong: I liked the vast majority of the characters. It just made it hard to keep track of them and see them develop to the extent I wanted them to. Despite this, the book was a fun, fun read. I was glued to it all afternoon and finished in a day. Definitely enjoyable, especially if you just want something light and easy.Like mystery and fantasy smooshed together? Read this book! Like fantasy by itself? Still probably pretty good for you. Like complicated plots with lots and lots of characters? Right up your alley! Still, a great read, even though it didn't fit all my personal preferences exactly. Just one warning: there will be trippiness.

  • JessicaSinn (Books and Trouble)
    2019-01-02 16:30

    Summed up: Magic and mayhem ensues as five cabins of campers fight for their lives in a series of paranormal events. Controlled by nefarious puppetmasters, they must out-smart the evil overlords in order to survive. Very “out of the frying pan into the fire.”What worked: This book is nothing if not imaginative! It reads like a play, complete with a mysterious all-omniscient narrator, opening scene descriptions and theatrical actors. I’ve never read anything like this, so hats off to the author for pulling off a new and daring concept! Though the book is jam-packed with a multitude of campers, I had no problem keeping the characters straight. Well done, Ms. McCoy!What didn’t work: I’m not a fan of action-adventure stories, so this isn’t really my genre. I mainly wanted a book that would trigger nostalgic memories of my Camp Marston glory days, but that didn’t happen since this story is a far departure from reality. Not necessarily a bad thing for fantasy readers, but not always my cup of tea.Overall consensus: At nearly 400 pages, this book was well worth my time. This is the type of story that’s hard to forget and I look forward to seeing more YA titles from this highly talented author!

  • Sunsettowers
    2019-01-01 12:37

    This is a weird and wonderful book.It ostentatiously tells the story of a group of girls who are mailed invitations to attend a summer camp, and who accept these invitations, ready to head off to what they assume will be a week full of smores, songs and sleeping under the stars.But this story goes places they, and you,will never see coming.The mysterious narrator had me guessing from the start, as did the unique structure of the book, set up as if it was being run as a play (though the chapters are in prose, not script). There's the group facing off against their rich archenemy camp across the lake, the group running from a murderously mad former camper, the group on a heroic quest, the group who seem to have found their soulmates, and the group just trying to survive as their cabin turns against them.McCoy plays with popular narrative tropes from both movies and books, and gives readers a fabulous Cabin in the Woods-esque feel, where we know from the start that our expectations and understandings of human nature are being toyed with by a talented writer who has so much more going on than meets the eye.