My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: May 30th, 2017
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Humor, Camp
He’s not asking for much. All Gregor Maravilla wants to do is feed all of the starving children on the planet. So when he’s selected to join Camp Save the World, a special summer program for teenage activists from all over the country to champion their cause, Gregor’s sure he’s on the path to becoming Someone Great.
But then a prize is announced. It will be awarded at the end of summer to the activist who shows the most promise in their campaign. Gregor’s sure he has the prize in the bag, especially compared to some of the other campers’ campaigns. Like Eat Dirt, a preposterous campaign started by Ashley Woodstone, a famous young actor who most likely doesn’t even deserve to be at the camp. Everywhere Gregor goes, Ashley seems to show up ready to ruin things. Plus, the prize has an unforeseen side effect, turning a quiet summer into cutthroat warfare where campers stop focusing on their own campaigns and start sabotaging everyone else’s.
I so like the premise of this book. Even more now that I’m done with this humorous novel by the author of KILL THE BOY BAND, which I so enjoyed last year.
You’d think a camp where kids with a humanitarian purpose go to develop their humanitarian spirit and share meaningful conversation with other humanitarian kids would be less hectic than a sports camp, let’s say.
Wrong. And it’s all because of Mr. Drill, who decides to award the best camper/humanitarian with an internship, something every single camper wants. Let the battle begin!
Even though you quickly feel that this is not a realistic novel when you begin to read it, at least it’s not the characters that give you this impression. Even in KILL THE BOY BAND, which is rather far-fetched also, the characters can be related to.
The writing is what gives you that feeling. Admittedly, the plot appeared far-fetched to me, because I’ve been to day camp when I was much younger, and it was truly nothing like this book. But truth be told, I’d love to see this play out on the big screen – it would make such a fun comedy movie.
The best thing about this book, although I loved the main character Gregor quite a bit, is how motivational it can be at times. Of course, its main goal is to entertain you, but throughout the story there’s talk of different ways of helping the planet and its inhabitants, that at one point or another, you’re bound to reflect on your own humanitarian side.
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