The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu

The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

A group of young girls descend 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. Filled 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 Forevermo...

Details The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

TitleThe Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherHoughton Mifflin Harcourt
GenreFiction, Young Adult, Contemporary, Literary Fiction

Reviews The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

  • Kath Elizabeth
    Okay, here is my main opinion on this book: It should have been a novella.Basically this book is a collection of vignettes collected together to create a novel. And it just doesn't work. We start the book following a group of five 9-11 year old girls at a summer camp called Camp Forevermore. They are going on a kayaking trip where they will be camping overnight on an island, and then returning to the camp the next day. Something awful happens dur...
  • Chihoe Ho
    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 ...
  • Catherine Coles
    Five girls on a camping trip suddenly find themselves stranded in the middle of a dense Pacific Northwest forest. This survival story alternates with stories from the girls' lives in the aftermath, as teenagers and adults. The idea being, I think, that they are just as much lost souls as grownups as they were when literally lost in the bush as kids. THE LOST GIRLS is a character-driven novel first and foremost, but it also boasts an interesting s...
  • Megan Lyons
    This book was intriguing and immersive. Multiple storylines and perspectives are sometimes done poorly, but in this case they were well balanced and complimentary. Structurally, it alternates between quick snippets of the disastrous summer camp trip, and longer novella like stories about the girls lives, mostly after their fateful summer. I actually preferred the self contained stories of the girls lives. The "lost" from the title refers as much ...
  • Ashley
    Hmm...this book was not at all what I expected from the synopsis, so I'm having a hard time being objective about it. The synopsis makes it sound like a traumatic childhood experience shared by 5 girls, and then following those girls through their lives and seeing how that incident shaped them. Instead it is a Chekhov-level-depressing collection of short stories that are loosely connected by a central narrative. There is no exploration of how the...
  • Julie
    This was my first venture into the "New Adult" genre, and I'm so glad that I decided to give it a try. I suppose that New Adult explores themes that Young Adult books will shy away from, although I have to admit that I've read some YA that leaned quite heavily into mature subject matter. In The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, we read about five young girls go through a traumatizing event during a summer camp, interspersed with snippets about thei...
  • Anky Singh
    It's been a while since I DNF'd a book. I hate doing that because I keep thinking, "what if it had gotten better?"But I just couldn't read this one anymore. The story starts with these four girls who are in a camp together. And then the next chapter goes on to tell the future of one of those girls. Then another 'in the camp' chapter followed by another girl's story.I read half of the book before finally giving up. I just couldn't see the point of...
  • Heather Kuhl
    “The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore” is a book of rare honesty regarding female coming-of-age, especially for a Millenial like myself. I attended an all girls school in 1997 at the age of 11 and our first week of school was a week-long hike in the Rocky Mountains of Canada so this book hit very close to home for me.I read this book in 2 sittings and closed the cover at 3am because I just could not set it down.I enjoyed the author’s use of t...
  • Jocelyn
    Update: Here is an actual review that captures so much of what I couldn't say.-------------------------------------I finished this book the other night and I have no idea what I'm thinking so I'm just going to write things down.I read Camp Forevermore in just a few hours, breaking only for dinner. It was my second time starting it. I picked it up in December, read a couple chapters and thought 'I like this but I think if I'm actually in the mood ...
  • Shilpa
    The first chapter of the book draws you in with the lives of these girls in those early days. Labelled Camp Forevermore, this chapter gives a snapshot of the relationship between the girls. The chapter somehow gives you the impression that most of the story really centres around a girl called Siobhan. That is a bit misleading. The chapters in the rest of the book, focuses on unique perspectives from each of the girls who were on that fateful kaya...
  • Shawna
    ***Received an ARC from Harper Collins Canada with thanks***This was a beautifully written story about five girls around the age of 11, united for a brief time at Camp Forevermore. All five came from different walks of life, but all five left with some serious mental trauma that continued to follow them throughout their lives.Sioban, Andee, Dina, Nita and Isabel went on a kyaking excursion with their Camp Leader Jan. This was a trip that was supp...
  • Kate
    I received this book as an ARC from a Goodreads giveaway. This book surprised me. I thought it was going to be an adventure story about what happened at a summer camp, possibly aimed at a young adult audience, and while the story of camp is the shorter story that runs through the book, it encompasses so much more. The book is divided into sections that get into the rest of the lives of each of the girls, and these read like four mini-books that a...
  • Carol Custer
    This was a rather strange book, but I liked it. The writing style took some getting used to with the jumping around in time and characters and going from the camp setting to totally different stories. I expected there to be something to tie them all together at the end but the book was more like short stories showing the individual girls' lives as adults and we could surmise how the camp experience influenced their adult lives.I can't say that I ...
  • Terri
    Based on the description, I went into this book with certain expectations - that this would be a post modern satire of Lord of the Flies or a fierce coming of age story. It’s none of those things. The narrative structure is new and interesting and the characters are fully fleshed out. There are no foils and Fu introduces certain tropes only to confound them. She leaves the reader with a number of uncomfortable questions about the way our person...
  • Anne
    I have never read anything by Kim Fu before but I will be reading lots more. This is one of the best written novels I have read in a long time. She is an excellent storyteller, weaving each of the five girls' stories into the narrative of what happened on that one disastrous camping trip. I loved seeing how the event affected each of the girls so differently as the novel tracks their lives on into adulthood. Her descriptions are vivid and placed ...
  • Alicia
    2017-12-30 book has been getting a TON of buzz and let me tell you, it lives up to the hype. It’s centered on a group of young girls at a summer camp in Vancouver, and a kayaking trip that goes awry, flashing back and forth between that event and the girls' young adulthoods. It’s compelling and evocative stuff. Just really outstanding. A.__A review copy was provided by the publisher. This book will be release...
  • Leah
    Thanks to Goodreads and trade publishing group for the advanced copy of this book! I really enjoyed this book. It was a coming of a story told from the standpoint of several different characters. Overall, it was a quick and interesting read.
  • Miranda
    An entertaining, although sometimes dark, look into the tenacity of children and how one event can shape the rest of their lives. Reading about the lost girls was a reflective experience in looking back on how childhood events can alter the lives of those they touch for years afterward. Kim Fu does a great job creating complex characters full of flaws that are entirely relatable.
  • Victoria Peipert
    Kim Fu created a stunning book that creates the most perfect harmony between the voices of her core main characters and their evolution through time from being teenagers to mature women. This book was so hard to put down! It was filled with suspense, adventure, and humanity.
  • Heather Mulvihill
    This book reminded me of my years working at a camp for disabled children. I loved this book. This book was very intriguing
  • Emily
    Disclaimer: I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was not quite what I was expecting. I was hoping for more of the survival story of a group of girls who are stranded in the wilderness and how the event shaped their future lives. We got the some of that, but the other part, not so much. There are two parts to this story, the events that transpired at Camp Forevermore and and the lives of the girls afterwa...
  • KayMarie
    The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore by Kim Fu weaves together a tale of 5 girls from their time at a sleep-away camp all the way through to adulthood. After an incident at Camp Forevermore, these girls have only themselves to rely on in order to make it home. Initially I had musings of this being akin to Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but I came to realize that The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore is an entirely separate entity. Upon being introd...
  • Teresa
    Thank you to #HCCFirstLook for this ARC, in return for my review.I really wanted to love this book, but I did not. I really dislike books that hop around from the past to the present, which this one does. I thought that it would have read much better if the author had told the summer camp episode first, and THEN caught up with each character in their current lives; rather than skipping back and forth.Having said that, I did love the subject matte...
  • Sarnfield
    I received an ARC of this book from Harper Collins Canada to review. I’m sorry to say it was just middle of the road for me. Despite being extremely well written with fully fleshed out characters, the book as a whole was not cohesive. The story about what happened on a camp canoe trip is interspersed with descriptions of each of the five girls’ lives in the years after camp. Very little of this has anything to do with the camp scenario. Two o...
  • Rosanna
    While this book is very well written, it was not a book that appealed to me. I enjoyed it while I reading it, but then it abruptly ended and I felt cheated.The story centers around five young women who were part of an “incident” at their summer all-girls camp. I know the story was about the young women, and not the incident, but I really needed more information about it. I needed some backstory.Each girl had her “story,” while young, and ...
  • Vanessa
    Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the ARC! It's my first book Kim Fu, so I honestly didn't know what to expect. I know we shouldn't judge books by their covers, but this one is absolutely beautiful and I instantly fell in love with it. The story wasn't quite how I expected, but I liked it. The first chapters are a bit too slow, because we're still getting to know the characters and they have such different backgrounds. I needed a minute to ...