Casey Holloway performs the young adult audiobook Camp in the winsome and authentic voice of a teenage girl who trades a troubled home life for an even more troubled existence at camp one fateful summer. Holloway’s voice manages to capture the nuances of the mean girls who torment the 14-year-old narrator as well as the German accent of the narrator’s cold and formidable mother.
Elaine Wolf is insightful in her treatment of bullying, and female listeners especially may recognize the myriad teenage characters who wield such social power. Holloway’s multifaceted performance highlights delicate female relationships like those between mother and daughter, popular girl and newcomer. The novel concludes with a deep, though sad, emotional payoff.
A coming-of-age novel about bullying, mothers and daughters, and the collateral damage of family secrets
Every secret has a price.
For most girls, sleepaway camp is great fun. But for Amy Becker, it's a nightmare. Amy, whose home life is in turmoil, is sent to Camp Takawanda for Girls for the first time as a teenager. Although Amy swears she hates her German-immigrant mother, who is unduly harsh with Amy's autistic younger brother, Amy is less than thrilled about going to camp. At Takawanda she is subjected to a humiliating "initiation" and relentless bullying by the ringleader of the senior campers. As she struggles to stop the mean girls from tormenting her, Amy becomes more confident. Then a cousin reveals dark secrets about Amy's mother's past, which sets in motion a tragic event that changes Amy and her family forever.
Camp is a compelling coming-of-age novel about bullying, mothers and daughters, and the collateral damage of family secrets. It will resonate with a wide range of teenage listeners. Camp will be a strong addition to school recommended listening and summer listening lists, and it is appropriate for anti-bullying programs. Mostly, though, Camp is a story for mothers and daughters to share.