Slept Away

Slept Away

by Julie Kraut
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Slept Away by Julie Kraut

Laney Parker is a city girl through and through. For her, summertime means stepping out of her itchy gray school uniform and into a season of tanning at rooftop swimming pools, brunching at sidewalk cafes, and—as soon as the parents leave for the Hamptons—partying at her classmates’ apartments.
But this summer Laney’s mother has other plans for Laney. It’s called Camp Timber Trails and rustic doesn’t even begin to describe the un-air-conditioned log cabin nightmare. Laney is way out of her element—the in-crowd is anything but cool, popularity seems to be determined by swimming skills, and the activities seem more like boot camp than summer camp.
Splattered with tie dye fall out, stripped of her cell, and going through Diet Coke withdrawal, Laney is barely hanging on. Being declared the biggest loser of the bunk is one thing, but when she realizes her summer crush is untouchably uncrushable in the real world, she starts to wonder, can camp cool possibly translate to cool cool?
Summer camp might just turn this city girl’s world upside down!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375892707
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 05/26/2009
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Julie Kraut lives in Maryland. Growing up, she loved summer camp and willingly wore skorts, embarrassingly enough. Today she’s enthusiastic about cheese, Googling herself, and writing. Slept Away is her second book for young readers. To learn more about Julie, visit

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Slept Away 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Galleysmith More than 1 year ago
Boy did this book want to be hip, witty and entertaining - unfortunately, while it was humorous at times, it still fell somewhat short of that mark. Minus a few laugh out loud moments and funny one liners there wasn't a whole lot to hang a hat on. Granted I'm older than what I presume is the target audience but I imagine even young teens would be interested in a bit more substance than was provided. Speaking specifically it took so long to get to the really good parts of the story (the building relationship between Laney and Sylvie as well as the romance between each of them and their respective suitors) that by the time I turned the corner I didn't really care. More than that there was so little time to really explore theses plot lines because we'd spent so much of the story focussing on the same scene (misery at the hands of the trifecta of doom, kavetching about being at camp, fearing instructional swim) that if I heard the words pee-pee one more time I thought I would put the book down for good. This is what is most unfortunate about Slept Away, that there was such great potential for the story. There were some genuinely interesting and good parts that were simply not explored to their fullest. The romance between Laney and her chosen crush was rushed into a few chapters at the end, the exploration of how she went from truly shallow to a woman who chose friends of character over materialism and social status, and the true revelation that even though she wasn't built for camp she became a better person for having gone and endured. All of that was forsaken for relentless complaining and sarcasm. On a more positive note, I do think it had moments where the humor shone through, Kraut undoubtedly has a flair for comedy. Also the book was certainly a quick read, I had no problem moving through it. Sadly, it just didn't end up being a book that one hundred percent suited me as a reader. I'll be curious to hear the thoughts of those who read it who are closer to the target age of this book's audience. Did you like the focus of the story or did you want more from it?
carolvo More than 1 year ago
This book is slow in the begining but it's worth reading it until the end, it was an easy and FUNNY read I loved it. It only has romance in the end so this is'nt the type of book for someone who's boy obessesed but I love the two main characters Laney and Sylvie are funny and great true friends.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont say this about many books but i got so sick of it i didnt finish it. The characters were cheesey and unbelieveable and the main character was such a push over. There was nothing that held my interest and i felt like the book was 'talking' to me as if i were eight years old or something. Also the "humor" was soo forced! Like it was trying to be cool and appeal to teens but ended up dorky. This book is very dorky and is the worst book ive read in a long time. It may be more boring than Moby Dick...which is sad cause Moby Dick has more facts about whales than it does an auctual plot line. Anyway i dont recommend this at all!
Paul Wendlandt More than 1 year ago
i bought this in hopes of a cheesy camp book but got something differnt i love the humor ItSs A REALLY FUNNY BOOK but its slifhtly depressing not happy fo lucky but still good
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greeneyedgrl More than 1 year ago
this book has definatly landed itself into my favorites! it has a lot of humor in it and i fell in love with the characters. i felt like i could relate with Laney when she was being sent away to cummer camp and having to deal with a buch of mean girls and no sensible clothes to wear since her mom packed for her! i definatly recomend this book if you want somehthing that is entertaining and just for fun. lots of laughs, cries, and victorys are here, but i am not going to spoil any of it.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Laney Parker is a city girl in every way. She's looking forward to the summer so she can spend it at chic boutiques and parties with her friends. Little does she know, her new-age mother has a totally different plan for Laney - she's sending her to summer camp! Being sent to camp Timber Trail is bad enough, but being there with a group of totally uncool girls who think they run the camp (and automatically take a disliking to Laney!), along with getting stuck doing group activities with the kids who are half her age, is horrible. Laney hates camp and can't see how her summer is going to be any fun. Eventually, Laney becomes friends with one of the girls in her cabin, and then finds out that someone from back home also goes to the camp. Back in the city, Ryan is the most uncool guy around, but at camp he is the hottest and most popular guy there. Laney has never been happier to see him. At the end of the summer, Laney is left wondering: Can camp cool equal real world cool? And will Ryan and Laney be able to be friends back home? You'll have to read SLEPT AWAY to find out! With lots of pop culture references, fun in the sun, and a slight bit of romance, this is a great read for a hot summer day!
yo-wad-up More than 1 year ago
This book will show you how to get past the material things and be yourself. It's not about what you wear, your looks or your hair, it's about how you act. It went pretty slow but in the end you will be smiling :)