by Kim Askew & Amy Helmes
Series: Twisted Lit
Publisher: Doublet Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2016)
Publication Date: November 15, 2016
Genre: YA Literature with a Twist
Life isn’t always fair, and no one knows that better than fifteen-year-old Puck. When she’s unceremoniously booted from yet another foster home, this city kid lands at DreamRoads, a rehabilitation wilderness camp. Her fellow juvenile delinquents include a famous pop star with a diva attitude, a geeky, “fish out of water” math whiz, and a surly gang-banger with a chip on his shoulder. The program’s steely director aims to break Puck, but she knows that every adult has a breaking point, too. Determined to defy this realm of agonizing nature hikes and soul-sucking psychobabble — even if that means manipulating four lovestruck camp counselors and the director’s dim-witted second-in-command — Puck ultimately gets much more than she bargains for in this “wondrous strange” outdoor odyssey inspired by Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Puck by Kim Askew & Amy Helmes
Puck’s life wasn’t easy or fair riding the not-so-merry-go-round of the foster system. Filled with attitude, a complete lack of trust and a feeling that no one will ever truly love her or want her, her latest foster parent is sending her off to a troubled youth boot camp in the wilderness where, once again, she will attempt to do all she can to be tossed from the program, confirming her own sense of no real self-worth. Will Puck prove more powerful than the highly qualified leaders? Will the rather comical little romances between the young camp counselors give her more fodder for her antics? After all, who could resist the entangled soap opera playing out around her?
Amy Helmes and Kim Askew are back with Puck’s story, not as a mischievous elf, but as a troubled young girl desperately seeking love and acceptance while keeping her own lies and past misdeeds secret. Follow Puck as she fights with everything she has to repel any sense of closeness or discovery among her peers. Witness her rebellious nature, and the tiny steps she begins to take toward learning to trust and achieve a sense of accomplishment in the wild where electronics, fast food joints and modern plumbing are non-existent and only teamwork will keep these kids alive.
Filled with wry humor, heart-wrenching revelations and the inner thoughts of a child in distress, this wonderfully written tale contains a delightfully realistic cast, true human errors and dialogue that is spot on! From start to finish, this YA read has heart, humor and more heart, as well as a few snakes, and probably too many insects to count!
I received this copy from Doublet Press in exchange for my honest review.