The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

The Odds of Loving Grover Cleveland

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According to sixteen-year-old Zander Osborne, nowhere is an actual place nd she's just fine there. But her parents insist that she get out of her head and her home state and attend Camp Padua, a summer camp for at-risk teens. Zander does not fit in or so she thinks. She has only one word for her fellow campers: crazy. In fact, the whole camp population exists somewhere between disaster and diagnosis. There's her cabin mate Cassie, a self-described manic-depressive-bipolar-anorexic. Grover Cleveland, yes, like the president, a cute but confrontational boy who expects to be schizophrenic someday, odds being what they are. And Bek, a charmingly confounding pathological liar. But amid group share-apy sessions and forbidden late-night outings, unlikely friendships form, and as the Michigan summer heats up, the four teens begin to reveal their tragic secrets. Zander finds herself inextricably drawn to Grover's earnest charms, and she begins to wonder if she could be happy. But first she must come completely unraveled to have any hope of putting herself back together again.
Publisher: New York : Skyscape, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781503939820
Branch Call Number: YF CRANE
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 21 cm


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JCLMegB Oct 27, 2018

Life can be crazy, especially so during the tumultuous teen years. Sometimes we all need a little help to cope with the stresses, tragedies, and insanity of our lives. When Zander’s parents fly her off to a faraway summer camp to recover from an emotional breakdown, she begrudgingly complies. Zander, along with many other campers, is hesitant to talk about her problems. Yet as the weeks go on and she begins to trust campers and staff, Zander learns that vulnerability can be an amazing two-way street to healing & freedom.
For any of us who have experienced summer camp, the relationships that form in this book ring true. Beginning several chapters with letters penned by campers to their adults back at home was a clever way for the author to gradually reveal insider details about each character. Teen and adult readers alike will enjoy the storyline and identify with Zander and the other campers. I didn’t give the book a higher rating because it is largely predictable and does operate on some stereotypical thinking. For dealing with such a heavy subject, this book doesn’t come off quite as intense as it could. I would’ve appreciated more characters of color as well. However, the book is all at once charming and tragic with a healthy sprinkling of humor. Expect tears and laughter as the author draws you into the characters’ worlds in this classic YA-styled novel. Fans of John Green might especially enjoy this character-driven story.


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