…at Yonahlossee: The boys are wealthy, they wear tuxes, and they politely ask you to dance at coed mixers. They then write sweet follow-up letters, which will possibly lead to marriage proposals.
…at my camp: If he throws a water balloon at you and narrowly misses, you know he thinks you’re cute. Then you and your friends take a boat to the boys’ camp on the other side of the lake, where you yell, “What cabin are you in?” and he yells back, “Cherokee!” and then a few days later you meet you at the flagpole at midnight to make out.
…at Yonahlossee: Horseback riding, lunch, riding horses, letter writing, equestrian time, snooping, horse hair brushing, reading, intrigue, gossip, horses, drinking from flasks, sneaking away to meet boys/men, horse jumping.
…at my camp: Arts and Crafts, Drama, cabin songs, flirting, taking off bras with shirts still on, hiking, flag football, horse riding, kayaking, letter writing, poison ivy treatment.
…at Yonahlossee: Not discussed.
…at my camp: Too far away, dig a hole in the woods.
…at Yonahlossee: Visit one of the several libraries full of books. Glossy, hard-backed, and classic.
…at my camp: Read the third Harry Potter twice, ask your mom to send you #4, discover it’s not out yet (this was a while back), read #3 again, then get a package full of Archie Comics from home.
…at Yonahlossee: So strong, yet so confusing. Thea can’t understand why some girls are drawn to her and others hate her. Best friends become archnemeses during a lunch period, and rivals become compatriots because of a head nod and a horse grooming.
…at my camp: Exactly the same. Exhausting and volatile.
No matter the differences, any story about camp has a special place in our hearts. When you’re done with Yonahlossee, here are some more books to scratch the camp-reads itch (or maybe that’s poison ivy):
- The Interestings, by Meg Wolitzer
- The Lost Summer, by Kathryn Williams
- The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, by Terra Elan McVoy
- Holes, by Louis Sachar
- P.S. I Hate It Here: Kids’ Letters from Camp, by Diane Falanga
- Cabin Pressure: One Man’s Desperate Attempt to Recapture His Youth as a Camp Counselor, by Josh Wolk
What’s your favorite reading pick for summer-camp nostalgia?