January 13, 2022

#BookReview: Just a Boy and a Girl in a Little Canoe by Sarah Mlynowski

Synopsis: Sam’s summer isn’t off to a great start. Her boyfriend, Eli, ditched her for a European backpacking trip, and now she’s a counselor at Camp Blue Springs: the summer camp her eleven-year-old self swore never to return to. Sam expects the next seven weeks to be a total disaster.

That is, until she meets Gavin, the camp’s sailing instructor, who turns her expectations upside down. Gavin may have gotten the job just for his abs. Or that smile. Or the way he fills Sam’s free time with thrilling encounters—swimming under a cascade of stars, whispering secrets over s’mores, embarking on one (very precarious) canoe ride after dark.

It’s absurd. After all, Sam loves Eli. But one totally absurd, completely off-the-wall summer may be just what Sam needs. And maybe, just maybe, it will teach her something about what she really wants.


Rating: 2 Stars
My Review:  This one wasn't as good as I was hoping for.  There were actions that the characters did but they had no consequences. The main character felt very immature for her age.  And all the cheating made me want to scream and shut down this camp.  I have to say thinking about this book overall it just wasn't all that good.  


“Fun, sexy, sex-positive, and inclusive…this deceptively thought-provoking summer read also offers a thoughtful feminist subtext. Sizzling and smart.” -- Kirkus Reviews

“A funny, sexy, irresistible summer romance that will leave you giggling and in love with the world.” -- Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of Let It Snow and This Boy

“The best of both worlds for reader[s], as it allows them to feel nostalgia for camp while also reading the counselor side of the story… A fun summer romance.” -- School Library Journal

“Mlynowski captures the voices of real teens straddling the gap between childhood and adult life… Mlynowski's book is summer fun sprinkled with subtly thoughtful moments.”  -- Booklist

Praise for I See London, I See France: “This endlessly fun and hugely entertaining romp through Europe had me laughing out loud and reaching for my passport.” -- — Jennifer E. Smith, author of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and Windfall

“Witty with a serious edge, this book encapsulates the wonder, joy, and anxieties that accompany any journey.”
-- Publishers Weekly

“Must read YA...If you’re in the mood for fun, sass and adorable romance, pick up this fun-filled book.”
-- USA Today

“A poolside read for the ages.... This lovably screwball YA novel will have readers checking whether their passports are still valid.”
-- Shelf Awareness

“A ridiculously fun trip through Europe with a protagonist you won’t soon forget.”
-- Popsugar

About the Author

Sarah Mlynowski is the bestselling author of Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn’t Have); I See London, I See France; Don’t Even Think About It; Think Twice; Milkrun; Fishbowl; Bras & Broomsticks; the Whatever After series; and more. Her books have been translated into twenty-nine languages and optioned to Hollywood. Sarah was born in Montreal but now lives and writes in New York City. Visit her at www.sarahm.com and find her everywhere @sarahmlynowski.

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