by Trish Cook
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Release date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Genre: Coming of Age, YA
Paperback: 288 pages
First sentence(s): from ARC
"You're not gong to believe this, Jem!" I say when my best friend finally picks up FaceTime.
Besmirch is a funny word and I'd totally laugh, but I don't because I've never seen her so angry. She's scaring me I'm used to zombie Mom, not zombie apocalypse Mom. -page 34, chapter 4
Sixteen-year-old Lizzie Finkelstein is a hard-partying socialite who lives a charmed life with her mother in Manhattan. After a public drunken escapade results in both an arrest and an embarrassing viral video online, Lizzie’s parents stage a late night intervention. Lizzie finds herself whisked away to Utah to learn a lesson or two about taking responsibility at Camp Smiley, a wilderness survival program for troubled kids.
Camp Smiley is a far cry from Lizzie’s high society life in New York. Without her stable of luxury hair/makeup items, her teacup Pomeranian, contact with the outside world or access to social media, Lizzie must face the harsh conditions of the outdoors. Grouped with troubled campers in which she’s certain she has nothing in common (except Jack, who’s pretty hot), Lizzie must now learn to dig her own toilet in the woods and build a fire by rubbing two sticks together before the camp will ever let her go back to her former existence. She has a choice: get with the program, or get out of there.
When teens take it too far. Parents wonder what to do?
This story gets into one way to handle unruly, out-of-control teens in a light tone. Not preachy. And not too heavy.
Loved to see how the characters transform after they experience coming of age growth moments during their stint in a wilderness survival program.
The main character, Lizzie, has some LOL moments along her journey to seriously dealing with her issues. Also, along the way she forms true friendships and better perspective on her relationships.
A sweet romance included.
* review copy courtesy of publisher