Dec 9, 2013

Entertaining if you can get past the writing, December 2, 2012

Summer Sleep-away is the story of 12-year-old Mattie Kleinfeld, who leaves his bickering parents behind to attend his first summer of sleep-away camp. After crying himself to sleep on his first night, Mattie predictably learns to love camp as he makes new friends, falls in love, and embarks on an adventure that combines his family’s personal history, a treasure hunt, and baseball. (What boy could resist that?) While entertaining because of the experiences that Mattie has and the people he meets, however, I feel like the novel might be a better short story. The writing is oftentimes awkward and predictable, and in need of editing/tightening. (And was anyone else troubled by 12-year-old boys and girls sleeping–just sleeping–together, and swimming near-naked together?)