Sometimes I’ll read a synopsis and get a specific idea in my head. This can be a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s the reality of what I do.
When I read the synopsis of The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore, I thought: Awesome! This sounds like a West Coast, female version of The Troop meets Stand by Me (tell me that doesn’t sound fabulous). But when I got into the story I realized that wasn’t the case. I had to push my own reset button, get over my own disappointment and immerse myself in the story at hand.
To me, Fu’s story came across as five stories, tied together by one tragic event. Each of these stories were intriguing and well presented in the audiobook, with a different narrator for each of the girls. I think that as a reader I do have to let go of where I thought the story was going to go and just enjoy the one that the author wants to tell me.
In the end, I enjoyed the story. Fu gave me the story that I needed and not the one I expected. I really came to appreciate the coming of age story from the female perspective, something that seems to me to be lacking.
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