Summary (from Goodreads):
“A coming-of-age debut evokes the bittersweet joys and pangs of finding independence in one unforgettable summer away at “geek camp.”
When Gloria sets out to spend the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted and talented students, she doesn’t know quite what to expect. Fresh from the heartache of losing her grandmother and missing her best friend, Gloria resolves to make the best of her new circumstances. But some things are proving to be more challenging than she expected. Like the series of mysterious clues left by a certain Professor X before he even shows up to teach his class, Secrets of the Written Word. Or the very sweet, but very conservative, roommate whose coal-industry family champions mountaintop removal. Not to mention the obnoxious Mason, who dresses like the Mad Hatter and immediately gets on Gloria’s nerves — but somehow won’t escape her thoughts.
Beautifully told by debut author Sarah Combs, this honest and touching story of growing up is imbued with the serene atmosphere of Kentucky’s natural landscape.”
This is such an interesting book and it makes me wish I had done something like this. (Is that weird? Wishing I had essentially done school over the summer one year?)
But Gloria’s class is so exciting (four students, talking about novels—and it starts like a scavenger hunt!) and her friends are really cool, too. And when I say that they’re different, I mean that they’re different from Gloria. They are from different backgrounds and have had different experiences and it basically makes everything interesting and occasionally awkward.
I miss having debates about things like what the great American novel is (and for my money, I agree with Gloria: To Kill a Mockingbird all the way).
This book made me really miss college. Recommended.