I’m so excited to share such a stunning book with you all this week! I guarantee you’ll love it.
The story begins at Camp Forevermore, a summer camp where young girls get a chance to do all the typical camp activities: swimming, campfires, and camp songs. Not quite friends yet, five very different girls – Nita, Andee, Dina, Isabel and Siobhan— are grouped together for the annual overnight kayaking trip.
The plan is simple: kayak to a nearby island and camp overnight, under the supervision of the camp leader, Jan. The group sets out and begins their idyllic excursion – until Jan abruptly alters their course to a different island. The girls arrive, aching and exhausted. They set up camp, and enjoy a night sleeping under the stars.
Without spoiling anything, the situation gravely changes the next morning, when the girls find themselves without Jan to guide them. Nobody back at camp knows where they are and Siobhan, Andee, Nita, Dina, and Isabel must figure out a way to safety with only a small ration of food left.
Flipping back and forth between the time of the incident and years later, the book shares each character’s perspective. The girls go on to lead completely different lives, and their perspectives of both the camp event and their future are incredibly unique. But one thing is common in every chapter – Camp Forevermore has a lasting effect on all of them.
The Lost Girls of Camp Forevermore is a bit of a grab bag: it’s fast-paced thrills and action at Camp Forevermore, mixed with a poetic, retrospective narrative. We get to see the ups and downs, successes and failures, and lasting effect of pain on these women.
This book is so profoundly insightful, as it examines themes of trauma, identity, race and friendship.
I love the way these women of different backgrounds and upbringings come together in childhood in this moment that lasts for the rest of their lives. Kim Fu’s writing is truly beautiful and her characters are so compelling that they’ve stayed with me long after I finished reading.