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Summary & Personal Thoughts
Emily has lived in New York City her entire life. Her mother works in fashion and her father owns a store. It is summer and her best friend, Hannah and she have plans, but Emily parents change her summer destination. Instead of going to L.A for part of the summer, she ends up in Oregon. Where she sees trees instead of buildings and hears nothing compared to city noise.
Being shipped off to her Uncle and Aunts was not her idea of fun. At least spending time with her cousin, Janelle, would make her stay bearable. Hiking, biking, and sleeping outside does not sound like an enjoyable summer. Especially, when you have to use outhouses and the great outdoors, when nature calls.
What helps change Emily's perception of her vacation, isn't really a what, but more of a who - Brett. He is older, not bad looking, and flirty. Emily has never had a boyfriend or even kissed a boy, so for her this is a completely new experience. Brett and his brother are Janelle’s longtime friends and neighbors. When Brett takes an interest into Emily and helps her adjust to the outdoors the sparks fly. Hopefully they don't catch anything on fire, with all the woods and trees they are around.
Emily learns more about herself in this coming-of-age story.
She is only 15 and still has a lot to learn. She realize that the less she complain the more fun she begins to have. She gives herself little reminders to watch her tongue and try to be positive, even though she is anything but. I admire her trying (really hard) to hold back her whining. For someone that is has never been camping or without their technology she handled many of the situations well.
I enjoyed the banter she had with Brett. He was a positive influence on her. Even though he teased her constantly, she found a friendship and likeness in him that helped her overcome some of her fears and uncertainties.
Her Uncle was super funny. I can picture a big burly man that is similar to a lumber jack. Emily learned through her stay in Oregon that judging a person off first glance is not always an accurate account of them.
She discovered things about each of the people she interacted with in Oregon. Her eyes became opened and her heart for the outdoors grew. Who knows she may even save a tree or two.
The book is sweet and endearing.
This is a cute read.
I think it is appropriate for MG and up.
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