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Quick & easy read, but not resonating with this camper/counselor
As an 11-year veteran of an all-girls' YMCA Camp, I was excited to read this book and really connect with the camp experiece. Perhaps the camp experience is too individual & personal, but this book didn't exactly do it for me. Eisner tries to connect his own "legacy" experience to that of a "scholarship" camper... but it falls flat. It is a quick read, but not very sophisticated. I found the writing to lack depth in terms of really unearthing what the camping experience is about.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I would have loved an inclusion of camp letters, or something more personal that speaks volumes to what it is like to leave home and stay overnight at a camp all summer! Oh, but wait, Eisner's "trip"-focused camp has the counselors (instead of the campers) writing letters home to the parents (am I the only one that finds this odd?). Perhaps camp just can't be distilled or explained well to those who don't experience it.
Waboos is a wonderful character in the book. The interactions between the campers seems to get a bit lost.