How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer

Top Three Reasons Camp Minnehaha is The Worst1 The spiders wayyyy too many legs 2 King Arthur a rampaging goat intent on my destruction 3 Victoria a.k.a The Diva an evil cabin mate obsessed with French beauty products and my humiliation Chloe McCorkle knew a summer camp where you had to learn a career was a bad idea She tried to tell her parents, but they just had tTop Three Reasons Camp Minnehaha is The Worst1 The spiders wayyyy too many legs 2 King Arthur a rampaging goat intent on my destruction 3 Victoria a.k.a The Diva an evil cabin mate obsessed with French beauty products and my humiliation Chloe McCorkle knew a summer camp where you had to learn a career was a bad idea She tried to tell her parents, but they just had to go on vacation to Alaska and ship her off for two weeks It s not ideal, but she s going to try to make the best of it She might even learn some skills that will help her make money for the new bike she s been eyeing But Chloe quickly discovers there s only one area at which she excels she manages to get demerits than anyone else in camp
How to Almost Ruin Your Summer Top Three Reasons Camp Minnehaha is The Worst The spiders wayyyy too many legs King Arthur a rampaging goat intent on my destruction Victoria a k a The Diva an evil cabin mate obsessed with Frenc

  • Title: How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer
  • Author: Taryn Souders
  • ISBN: 9781492637745
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Someone once told me that money can't buy happiness. They obviously never had to ride a baby bike to the first day of middle school.-opening linesChloe is determined to earn money this summer (maybe by babysitting). What she didn't plan for is her parents deciding to send her to career camp. There she will have the opportunity to see what it's like to be a cake decorator, athlete, scientist, or veterinarian. Well, Chloe knows for sure she doesn't get along with animals, by maybe she could work w [...]

    2. Chloe's parents are sending her to Camp Minnehaha for two weeks -- against her will. Things go from bad to worse when Chloe is attacked by a goat and stuck in a cabin with stuck-up Victoria, whose brother is a famous football star. Nothing during her time at camp goes her way, and the harder she tries to avoid trouble, the more it seems to find her.This is a funny book about a girl's misadventures at summer camp. It boasts marvelously funny moments (fainting goats, anyone?), and tackles a couple [...]

    3. Packed with humor and heart, I loved this book. Chloe's voice is authentic to her age, and she's relatable to middle grade kids. Chloe is willing to work hard for what she wants (a new bike), resourceful, witty, and sensitive. From an unpredictable goat (named King Arthur), to bugs, a crush, a bully, and new friends, Chloe faces every summer camp challenge head on, while staying true to herself throughout. Her summer camp experiences brought me right back to my own childhood summers at sleepaway [...]

    4. (Review from my son, 12-year-old Cole)How to Almost Ruin Your Summer is about a girl named Chloe who has to deal with going to Camp Minnehaha while her parents are on an Alaskan cruise. She's not happy about being forced to face the horrors of Camp Minnehaha. Some of the things that happen to her are: a snotty prima donna girl who has everyone rooting for her, a goat bent on making the main character's life miserable, and a seemingly immortal spider.I thought this book was hilarious and very tru [...]

    5. Chloe knew that if she went to a summer camp that learns careers, she would have a bad time. But she had to go because her parents had to go on a cruise, so Chloe had to make the best of it. She was in a cabin with a really mean girl, and met a new friend named Paulie, but she named her Pogo (In her head, but not out loud). She had to deal with an invincible spider, a head butting goat, and a coach that keeps watching her for everything bad she does. If she gets 5 determents, she will have to be [...]

    6. If your child loves humor or has a tendency to attract catastrophe, this is the book for you. Author Taryn Souders develops her characters to reflect the real life issues and struggles of middle grade readers. Without a "preachy" tone, this book stands tall with a poignant lesson to worry less about what others think and to not "mind being a dork after all." Your son or daughter will love the main character's tenacity and wit throughout the book. How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer is an adventurou [...]

    7. Chloe goes to a camp to get money for her new bike. Sounds simple right? But no the camp that Chloe went to is not normal. It looks busted up the first thing you see is the Re g Stration office where Chloe's parents sign her up looking worried. This book is so funny with all the stuff Chloe goes through at the same time frustrating because of one person, Victoria a sister of a NFL super star. But also this book teaches you how hard things can get but in the end it all works out.

    8. This book is funny and fast-moving. Some of the things that happened would make me sit down and cry, but the main character just keeps going along ignoring the injustices against her. It seems unrealistic, but I think that kids would enjoy reading it.Recommended for grades 4-6

    9. this is a good book and is about a girl that has trouble in camp but really needs to try and get into a cooking class for a job in her hometown so she can save up for a bike that she really likes. But she needs to survive a pants eating goat and a small fast spider

    10. I am not sure what to say. Girl goes to camp. Everything goes wrong. Everything is ok. Entertaining enough, but nothing new.

    11. Funny book for the whole family!This book was really funny and I would highly recommend this book for you or your kids. You might even die laughing!

    12. This is a very enjoyable book. Although listed as grades 6-8 on the Sunshine State Readers list,I believe that grades 4-5 would enjoy this, too. I loved the goat!

    13. We were lucky enough to receive and advance copy of this book via NetGalley and Sourcebooks Jabberwocky in exchange for a fair and honest review.“How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer” by Taryn Souders is a great Summer read about friendship, camp, and trying new things.All Chloe McCorkle wants to do this Summer is earn enough money to buy herself a brand new bike. She’s starting middle school in the fall, and her bike is what she considers to be “dorky”, it’s pink and covered in Dora the [...]

    14. Sweet, funny, and simplistic. Those are the words that quickly sum up How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer. When Chole is sent to Camp Minnehaha for two weeks, she's not at all certain that this going to be a summer she'll enjoy. She has to deal with mean girls, a crazy goat, and all she really wants to do is learn a skill that will help her earn money for a new bike. If you have a younger aged MG reader who is looking for a summer read, I think they'll enjoy this one.I'd definitely recommend this t [...]

    15. Laugh out loud, and completely hysterical. How to almost ruin your summer by Taryn Souders, is everything you want in a middle-grade novel. This is a fun summer read, and will keep your child's interest. I read a lot of children's books, but middle grade has to my favorite sub-genre.Something horrible has happened this summer- Chloe's parents are sending her to camp for two weeks. Not just any camp, though. This is Camp Minnehaha, and she's is going against her will. Things aren't looking too br [...]

    16. Chloe's parents are sending her to summer camp so they can go on a cruise. That means Chloe's plans to earn money for a new bike are ruined. Camp seems just as bad as she feared it would be. She is bunking with mean girl Victoria. There are tons of spiders (Chloe hates spiders). There is also a goat named King Arthur who seems to enjoy tormenting Chloe and escaping his pen. Then things go from bad to worse as Chloe doesn't get the practicum she wanted and is instead stuck taking care of King Art [...]

    17. Chloe McCorkle really does not want to spend her summer at Camp Minnehaha exploring different careers, but if she has to be there, she at least wants to have a chance to learn some baking skills so she can use them when camp ends to earn some money toward a bike. Unfortunately, everything at camp from spiders to her bunkmates seems determined to keep her from earning anything but more and more demerits and a bad reputation as a troublemaker. There are a lot of camp-themed books out this summer, [...]

    18. Chloe's plans for summer are dashed when her parents send her away to summer camp. Trying to make the best of it, Chloe comes up with a plan. What Chloe wants more than anything is to take the cake decorating class at camp so she can go home and use her new skills to make money. She didn't count on a goat interfering with her plans. Chloe makes both friends and enemies, and learns summer camp might be worse than she expected. "How to (Almost) Ruin Your Summer" written by Taryn Souders is a fun r [...]

    19. This was a quick and easy junior read which was okay but not brilliant. I have read books like this when I was much younger and it was reminiscent of a lot of them. The book centres around a career summer camp where children go for two weeks to learn about careers such as working with animals, cookery, science etc. There is quite a bit of humour in the story and you have the obligatory dormitory situation with the geeks, normals and queen bee who spoils it for everyone but never gets her comeupp [...]

    20. Cute story about friendship and taking chances. Told in the first person and through diary entries. Funny and heartwarming narrator.Chole gets shipped off to summer camp for 2 weeks while her parents go on vacation. The camp is one where you explore future job opportunities - the problem is that Chole is only interested in one of them. Determined to make the best of it, Chole meets a friend and makes an enemy. It isn't long before she earns a demerit and too many will ship her home.Digital ARC f [...]

    21. I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley for an honest review. This is a quick, fun read for middle schools. Pretty good, but not great. Typical story of a girl who gets sent to camp and hates it. Everything falls apart, but comes back together at the end. It gets a little repetitive when the author tells part of the story and then the main character writes the same thing in her diary, but it's still a cute story that I think 3rd through 7th grade girls would enjoy.

    22. A cute, fun story about summer camp and branching out into things that challenge you. I think MG readers will laugh at a lot of the scenarios that arise. I felt the characterization was a little flat and the character's actions predictable, but most of the target audience won't have those quibbles. There is nothing ground breaking here, but it is fairly well written as a whole and does what it intends to well. It is a good short read for summer vacation.

    23. The perfect summer read for your preteen. Chloe gets sent to camp where she learns all kinds of useful skills—how to clean toilets and the proper etiquette for flushing when your bunkmate's showering; if goats can swim, and what they eat. It took me back to lazy days of summer with great books of my own childhood. Your girls will love this!

    24. While this MG novel had some good "life lessons" there were not "in your face," I was bothered that Victoria never had any real consequences to her actions and pretty much got away with everything she did. I understand that she had family "issues," but I think kids need to see kids who bully and are really mean need to suffer some consequences.

    25. Poor Chloe McCorkle! Despite her numerous misadventures, including the unfortunate sea monkey incident, the chocolate frosting humiliation, and a trouble-making goat with serious attitude issues, I had a great time following along as Chloe maneuvered her way through two weeks at Camp Minnehaha. What a fun and funny book! The perfect middle grade summer read.

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