How to Survive A Summer

How to Survive A Summer

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"A searing debut novel centering around a gay-to-straight conversion camp in Mississippi and a man's reckoning with the trauma he faced there as a teen. Grad student Will Dillard has largely buried memories of the summer he spent at a camp intended to "cure" homosexuality. But when he finds out a horror movie based on the camp is hitting theaters, he's forced to face his past -- and his role in another camper's death. As he recounts the events surrounding his "failed rehabilitation," Will strikes out on an impromptu road trip back home to Mississippi, eventually returning to the abandoned campgrounds to solve the mysteries of that pivotal summer. With a masterful confluence of sensibility and place, How to Survive a Summer introduces an exciting new literary voice from the American South"--
Publisher: New York, New York :, Blue Rider Press,, [2017]
ISBN: 9780399573682
Branch Call Number: FIC WHIT
Characteristics: 341 pages ; 25 cm


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cydaigle129 Aug 15, 2017

I don't know how this book got published. Any editor in his right mind would have red-lined entire chapters of this book to remove the fluff and leave the grit. This book has so much potential, and as someone who went to a conversion therapy camp, I wanted this book to be so good--unfortunately, it wasn't. The writing style is at times campy, choppy, and juvenile; the characters barely get fleshed out, and the adult version of the main character was so unlikeable it made it hard to connect to him. I wanted to like this book so much--I really did!--but I couldn't get past the tone to the story.


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