Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Quick Review-Milestones

Amazon Description:
One day. Just one day. That's how long it took for fourteen year-old Faye Martin's ordinary life to take a dramatic and completely unexpected turn. First, she gets struck by lightning a strange and awful experience in itself, but then made worse because Benjamin Parker, the object of her obsession, witnessed her near-death experience. Then she comes home to find her parents are forcing her to leave her friends and hometown of Seattle to attend a summer camp, aptly named Camp Milestone. After several failed attempts to change her parents mind Faye finds herself on a plane headed across the country to a camp she has never heard of.

Only, Camp Milestone is no ordinary camp. There are no phones allowed, shabby cabins and only a handful of campers. The only good turn of events is Benji her longtime crush is among the sparsely populated camp. This highlight of her summer is overshadowed by the camps strange and harsh rules given out by the head of the camp Galiana Moore, who seems crazy most of the time, and who unfortunately has taken a liking to Faye. As if things were not bad enough she notices an odd rash that has consumed most of her back from the lighting strike that seems to not only be growing larger but glowing slightly. Before she knows it, Faye finds herself caught in a whirlwind of uncertainty, torture, calamine lotion and romance....All in the name of summer camp. But as the summer unfolds, she realizes there is much more to Camp Milestone than meets the eye. Will she be able to unravel the mystery that surrounds this unusual camp? And more importantly, will she be able to survive the madness long enough to put the pieces together?

Milestones is a delightful story about the true meaning of self-discovery, love and friendship, book one of the Milestones trilogy takes readers into an imaginative and amazing new world which gives a whole new meaning to summer vacation.

Milestones is the debut young adult novel for Samira Armin Hodges a fresh and exciting new voice in the literary world.

My Review:

I went into this one kinda blind, but hopeful. The website captured my attention and sealed the deal for me. I dived in without really knowing what I was getting into. To be honest It took about 20+ pages to get really into it. Faye is a character that reflects, pretty much every teenage girl in the world. She's a bit of an outsider, she loves a boy that doesn't know she exists..oh and she's best friends with the most popular and prettiest girl in school! Super! So basically she gets shipped off to camp by her parents after a very crazy thing happens (won't give too much away as this is kinda important) and finds herself sitting on a plane with who might you ask? The boy she loves! They have no idea why they are going to the camp and no idea what its really all about.

This book really took me by surprise. I loved the "twist" and really didn't see it coming. I really enjoyed the surprises and loved the characters. It had a slow start but after that it was a pretty fast read. Milestones was a very good read! I can't wait for the sequel!

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