The Lost Girls Of Camp Forevermore: A Novel by Kim FuThe Lost Girls Of Camp Forevermore: A Novel by Kim Fu

The Lost Girls Of Camp Forevermore: A Novel

byKim Fu

Paperback | February 13, 2018

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From the award-winning author of For Today I Am a Boy, a gripping and deeply felt novel about a group of young girls at a remote camp—and the night that will shape their lives for decades to come

A group of young girls descends on Camp Forevermore, a sleepaway camp in the Pacific Northwest, where their days are filled with swimming lessons, friendship bracelets and camp songs by the fire. Bursting with excitement and nervous energy, they set off on an overnight kayaking trip to a nearby island. But before the night is over, they find themselves stranded, with no adults to help them survive or guide them home.

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore follows these five girls—Nita, Kayla, Isabel, Dina and Siobhan—through and beyond this fateful trip. We see the survivors through the successes and failures, loves and heartbreaks of their teen and adult years, and we come to understand how a tragedy can alter the lives it touches in innumerable ways. In diamond-sharp prose, Kim Fu gives us a portrait of friendship and of the families we build for ourselves—and the pasts we can’t escape.

Title:The Lost Girls Of Camp Forevermore: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.64 inPublished:February 13, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443453595

ISBN - 13:9781443453592

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Unexpected detours make for some surprising journeys The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore is structured so that we have The Incident at camp, alternated by snippets of the lives the girls have led since their time at Camp Forevermore. You would think that this Incident would play a huge role in the future point of views of these girls. I was really expecting it to be intensely amplified, for Kim Fu to go heavy with her strokes and consequently alter the lives of her characters based on the one shared but very individual experience. What we get is a slight nod to that Incident here and a passing mention there in these POVs, and a very subtle underlying theme of loss and being lost. Do I feel cheated by what I thought I'd get from this book? Yes. Do I feel like this novel was any lesser? No, actually. The very different and unique perspectives make this book a standout for me. Sure, The Incident ended up becoming a little more gimmicky than it needed to be, but even those chapters were highly engrossing and set the tone for who these girls are and how their young selves could have gone down the path that they ended up in. And that makes for a very lively discussion on what the links are and how The Incident might have, could have, should have left a bigger scar on the girls beyond the printed lines. Because of how quiet and not heavy-handed The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore has been put together in a narrative form, I have definitely been left thinking of the book a lot more, perhaps forevermore.
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Enjoyed Wow, this seems to be a very polarizing book. The vast majority of the disappointment coming from people surprised by the structure and it not fully being a YA adventure novel. So, maybe manage your expectations on that one. Kim Fu does a wonderful job at character development over short periods. This reads like a short story collection about women and girls, with the characters connected by a brief tragic event early in their lives. The reverberations of this event can be felt through their lives and contributes (or doesn’t, in some cases) to who the girls become as women. The last chapter/story didn’t feel as fully fleshed out as the others, kind of abruptly ending things. But the writing was lovely, looking forward to reading more by this author.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Short and sweet character study! The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore tells the story of 5 girls around ages 10-12 who attend a sleep-away camp in Washington State. The girls are from all over the region, including British Columbia. The highlight of the camp is supposed to be an overnight kayaking trip to a remote island, but this kayak trip goes horribly awry and leaves the girls stranded on an island. The book tells the story of what happened to the girls, while simultaneously flashing forward in each of the girls lives to see how they later fared. The structure of this story was really interesting. Throughout the main story of what happened at Camp Forevermore, we get a short story for each of the girls future lives. These stories don't really reference what happened at camp and in my opinion could each be viewed as separate short stories, but generally examine how they might have been affected by what happened on that fateful kayaking trip. Because of this, the novel read more like a collection of short stories to me, but I didn't mind it because each sub-story felt fully formed and realized and the writing was really beautiful. It didn't deliver on what I was expecting from this book, but it was still a really nice piece of writing, so I didn't mind. I think Kim Fu got the atmosphere of the story just right and I think the cover perfectly reflects that atmosphere too. My complaint would be that it was a bit short. I was really into the main story at Forevermore and I would have liked to see this part of the novel developed a little more. It had a bit of a Lord of the Flies vibe and explored how children act and develop when left alone in stressful situations without adult support and I would have liked to see these themes explored in a little more depth and a bit better tied in with the futures of each girl. I also thought it was a weird choice to tell Kayla's story instead of Andee's. Andee is one of the 5 girls on the island, why tell her sister's story instead of hers? I didn't really get why the author choose to do this and was one of the reasons I thought the flash forwards could also work as short stories, since some of them seemed to have very little to do with what actually happened at camp. Overall though, I did really like this. I thought the writing was strong and the story was beautifully told. It's a bit of a slow-burn novel, but it worked in this context. Plus I love supporting Canadian authors!
Date published: 2018-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wish there was more detail It's a story about 5 girls and how their lives turn out. None of their lives are ideal and all the girls are left with suffering traumatic experiences in their lives. The book itself is written in a way that the writing flips back and forth. For example, Ch1 is about the girls at camp, Ch2 is about one of the girl's life, Ch3 is a continued Ch1, and then Ch4 is about another girls life. I liked the writing style but I wish the author explored the lives of the girls more. I would've (and was waiting) for the author to go back to each character's life at the end of the book to settle the questions but it never happened. I'm very glad I read it!
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read I loved this book. It was a quick read with some interesting tangled webs
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it This was a really fun read. I quickly got attached.
Date published: 2018-02-18

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