Camp Rolling Hills
“Camp Rolling Hills” captures the magic of heading off to camp for the summer. The freedom of no parents. The chance to be someone different than who you are back home. S’mores. Three legged races. Nicknames. Bunk raids that turn into epic underwear scavenger hunts – and of course – the summer crush! The first book, “First Base” is told from two perspectives – Stephanie, aka Smiley and Bobby, aka Smelly.
Smiley and Smelly become fast friends, as they find each other not only really cute, but really easy to talk to about some of the harder things in their lives, like their parent struggles. As each others first crushes, the book does a really great job of making you root for these two every time they interact. Every moment between them feels magical, and gives you that butterflies in your stomach feeling you get when you have a brand new crush. Unfortunately, when it comes time for the Midsummer Dance, things somehow go from totally fine to completely out of control. Smiley and Smelly end up in a huge fight that ultimately leads to a bunk raid of epic proportions.
One other really cute and kind of unique thing about the book is that in between some of the chapters, you get to read some of the letters the campers have written home to their friends and family. Some of the letters actually divulge a bit about the plot or how much time has passed, a fun way to help move the plot along. There’s also a bunch of cute illustrations of the campers.
We also love how such a light, summery read manages to tackle so many issues that so many of us are struggling with. From divorcing parents and loss to insecurities and anxieties, “Camp Rolling Hills” shows it’s readers that not only is okay to show the world who you really are, it’s absolutely okay to ask for help when you need it.
Fingers crossed that we see even more from this series in the future! Peep our other book recommendations here!