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, Audiobook

Reviews The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore

  • Kelli
    This book didn’t work for me at all, mainly due to structural issues that took an interesting premise and turned it into an unnecessary (and ultimately unsatisfying) mystery for this reader. Keeping many of the details from the reader until the end, not providing near enough details, and weaving stories in between select pieces of information about what happened on the island caused the backstory to feel like a separate, unrelated story. That i...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Rincey
    3.5 starsSee me discuss this briefly in my March wrap up:
  • Taryn Pierson
    I can’t resist a book with an ensemble cast, especially if the characters are thrown together into an unusual or high-stakes situation. I love trying to get into each character’s head and analyzing the group dynamics, the allying and backstabbing. And my favorite part, picking which character I relate to the most and rooting for them (and maybe actively pulling against the characters I don’t like). The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore is thus...
  • megs_bookrack
    Phew. Well, I made it through. I am glad this was so short, otherwise I would have had to DNF it and I absolutely detest having to do that. I really struggled with this one. It was so all over the place for me, just not my style at all. It was nothing like what I expected and I'm not sure what exactly the author was trying to get across. I thought, going in, that I did but my thoughts of a modern, girl version of Lord of Flies was completely off ...
  • 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 ...
  • Diane S ☔
    Review soon.
  • 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...
  • Ankita 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...
  • Arrington (agirlandher_books) Moore
    A huge thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the free review copy!After finishing this book it took me a while to decompress and gather my thoughts about this book. It tells the story of five girls who go to summer camp together and how their lives go on after their summer together. The girls are left to fend for themselves on a kayaking trip which leads to many of their life choices later in life. While I did enjoy the book I sometimes found i...
  • Ericka Seidemann
    In The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, five girls set out with their camp leader on a kayaking and camping excursion. Their leader decides to push the girls even harder, rowing for a farther, more secluded island for camping. No one from camp knows where they went, and no one from camp knows that these girls are stranded and alone. There is a pivotal point in these characters’ lives that changes the course of their adulthoods.The novel is told ...
  • Kevin
    I'm not exactly sure what exactly The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore is about. I understand the plot, but it is cobbled together in chapters (arguably this is a short story collection with linking sections that take place in the same chronology) that are very void of any thematic heft. I have an issue with the cover of the book (not Kim Fu's fault) and the title (Kim Fu's fault), which make this seem like a YA novel. But I think the author was go...
  • 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 ...
  • Rebecca Foster
    (2.5) I read the first 66 pages, skimmed to p. 86 of 190, and gave up. Camp Forevermore is a Pacific Northwest getaway for nine- to eleven-year-old American and Canadian girls. We get a brief introduction to a set of campers from the early nineties on an isolated overnight adventure – they’re pretty hard to keep straight – before diving deep into one’s life for the next 20+ years. First up is Nita: her love for her childhood German shephe...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Some pre-teen girls have a bad camping trip then go on to live fairly normal lives. That’s the gist of this book. It would have made more sense to me if their lives had been impacted more significantly by the camping experience or if the girls had interacted as adults. I was pretty disappointed with the ending too.
  • Michael
    The only thing lost was the accolades of this book.NEXT!
  • Carolyn
    If you’re looking for a good “lost in the woods adventure story” don’t be fooled by this book. A very small portion involves any kind of outdoors adventure, and of that small part, it’s mostly girls crying.The 4 back stories are pointless to any kind of plotline, and although the backstories are suppose to highlight the different personalities of the girls, when they’re in the woods, they’re girls are indistinguishable. There is one...
  • Inn Auni
    THERE MAY BE SPOILER. READ AT YOUR OWN PERILTo make it easier for me, what I did was read all the chapters with Camp Forevermore in it. Do not fear because those chapters were the only connected one. The chapters referring to the girls, were kind of like a filler that much or less can be a standalone.Camp Forevermore was told in Siobhan's pov. The camp was for girls between the age of nine to eleven years old. The point of the camp was to teach t...
  • 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 ...
  • Kaylee ~ The Enchanted Library ~
    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...
  • Brooke
    I’ve seen mixed reviews for this book, but I enjoyed it! It explores the way in which a traumatic experience at Camp Forevermore impacts and shapes the lives of five young girls. I found some of their stories more interesting than others, but overall, I thought it was well written and engaging.
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  • Amie
    I received an ARC from Netgalley in return for a review. I neither loved nor hated this book. There were moments where I really enjoyed it and then moments where I couldn’t focus to save my life, which is why it took me so long to finish and write the review, missing the release date. I wanted this book to be a lot more about the experience at Camp Forevermore and less about the present day. I felt myself having to keep referring back to the be...
  • 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...
  • Jocelyn
    Yet Another Update: Kim Fu wrote about her inspiration and guiding thoughts for LOST GIRLS, in particular what happens when the body remembers but the mind forgets. (You didn't seriously think I was over this book yet, did you?)-------------------------------------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 think...
  • Alex
    Structure is a curious thing. It can cover many sins, or it can emphasise them. The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore is a book that presents itself as a novel, but it’s secretly a collection of short stories or, if you’re being generous, novellas. There’s enough sinew to connect them, but for someone wanting a meaty character driven work, you may be left hungry.In 1994, five girls attend “upper-middle-class” summer camp Camp Forevermore. ...
  • Rachel Mantas
    An excellent book. She understands the thoughts of a young girl, or multiple young girls uniquely. I feel like this may have originated as a story about Isabel alone. I mean she is alone, she ends up alone, she asks to be left alone with Jan. But really, it was a large portion of the book: Isabel's story. I felt as though the other characters were good, but not able to be as well developed and like she sandwiched them all around Isabel's life. Ma...
  • Sara
    I really liked this book about 5 young girls who get stranded in the woods and how their experience during that harrowing time affects them throughout the rest of their lives. The book is set up as basically short stories about each girl, with the camp story from their childhoods interweaving between their personal stories. Themes of paralysis and dissatisfaction and invisibility and silence and abandonment all sprinkle through the girls' stories...