Remember those long sultry summer days at camp, the sun setting over the lake as you sang Kumbaya Well, Mindy Schneider remembers her summer at Camp Kin A Hurra in 1974 just a wee bit differently Not a Happy Camper chronicles a young girls adventures at a camp where the sun never shines, the breakfast cereal dates back to the summer of 1922, and many of the counselors speak no English For eight eye opening and unforgettable weeks, Mindy and her eccentric band of friends including Autumn Evening Schwartz, the daughter of hippies, who communicates with the dead, and the sleep dancing, bibliophile Betty Gilbert keep busy feuding in color wars, failing at sports, and uncovering the camps hidden past As she focuses on landing the perfect boyfriend and longs for her first kiss, Mindy unexpectedly stumbles across something infinitely grander herself Hilarious, charming, and glowing with nostalgia, Mindy Schneiders memoir is a must read for anyone whos ever been to summer camp, or wishes they had....
|Title||:||Not a Happy Camper: A Memoir|
|Publisher||:||Grove Press May 13, 2008|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|File Size||:||765 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
|Last checked||:||21 Minutes ago!|
Not a Happy Camper: A Memoir Reviews
I didn't go to sleep-away camp (b/c I don't like big groups or getting dirty or being outside for too long) but after reading Mindy Schneider's hilarious camp tales -- I feel like I did, minus all the stuff I hate plus zero mosquito bites. The author has a Velcro (bordering on an Oliver Sacks-worthy) memory for details, names, places, Hebrew and Judaica. She breathes joyful life into a cast of indelible characters, which include annoying nudniks and sadists, with malice toward none. Nor does she blame her parents for her childhood summers that would make me beg for and be accepted in Foster Care. Wonderfully captured (and actual) snapshots from the 1970s. It's The (Jewish) Wonder Years by-way-of-Meatballs -- from a funny, wise young girl's point of view. The camp song lyrics are priceless (and are included in the book). Loved it! Perfect summer reading for your 21st century sleep-away 'tween camper.
Readers will find that enduring Mindy Schneider's entertaining memoir of summer camp life is much like her experience: a seemingly endless trudge through a benignly monotonous, routinely humorous and absolutely predictable right of passage. "Not a Happy Camper" faithfully recreates Schneider's thirteen-year-old awkwardness, and self-deprecatory voice is full of genuine Jewish angst and humor. Nevertheless, there is only so much you can say about a pathetically decrepit Maine summer camp and its stereotypical denizens. Schneider takes about 230 pages to recount what she could have told in 25.
This is an hilarious memoir of an adolescent's first summer at sleep-away camp. If you remember what it's like to play color wars, sing ridiculous songs which insult camp food, have your first crush, drink "bug" juice, well, then your experience is not even half as fun as Mindy's, whose camp's meals were salvaged from train wrecks, whose camp's truck was one that could only be ridden in for as long as you could hold your breath (against the fumes), and whose characters are 12 year old versions of Henny Youngman and Totie Fields.
If you are now or have ever been a teenager, whether you've been to summer camp or not, this book is sure to engage and delight you. This is a thoroughly amusing memoir written with the perspective that a few years will bring, while still appealing to the kid in all of us. The author draws a vivid picture of her experience and treats you to an insightful peek into her process of growing up a little in a new environment. You will laugh from page one and you will hope for a sequel. It's a great, light read. The narrative keeps you turning the pages. I've never written a review on Amazon before but this author made me do it! Brava Mindy Schneider. I'm waiting for your next book.
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This truly is one of those books that you can not put down. The writing is hilarious and the portrayal of the characters makes you feel as though you are right there in the camp with them! We have all been to summer camp and I think this book captures the comedy of the misery, hilarity and carefree nature of being young again. I loved it and would highly recommend this book to anyone.
Not a Happy Camper is Funny and smart! The author, Mindy Schneider is funny and smart! I always wanted to go to camp, and now I have!
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Not A Happy Camper: A Memoir. Mindy Schneider's amusing and well written book tells the story of her experiences at summer camp when she was a young teen.