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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (150 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Josh Wolk Narrator: Johnny Heller Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9781440799105
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Entertainment Weekly scribe Josh Wolk has also had his work appear in other major publications such as the New York Times. Faced with the ultimate step into adulthood, Wolk returns to the summer camp of his youth before walking down the aisle. His beloved campgrounds have remained remarkably the same, but Wolk finds that he has grown bafflingly out of touch—and is as intimidated as a shy camper in the face of super macho co-counselor Mitch.

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  • “Wolk bids adieu to carefree living by returning one last time to summer camp before he gets married. In his account of his eight-week stint as a counselor at Camp Eastwind in Maine, he takes the reader on a romp through male adolescence, which, for Wolk, has retained an archetypal purity. Through the humor (“apoopeatersayswhat?”), the diving board games (“arrrgh, ya got me!”), the smell (“a mixture of feet, old olive loaf and an un–air-conditioned morgue”), he captures the essence of the male teenager with tender, wistful insight. The book evokes in the reader the same nostalgia for camp—and even adolescence—that Wolk feels as he anticipates his return to Eastwind. What propels the memoir, though, is Wolk’s frank description of his own re-emerging insecurities inherent to his adolescent self. When he receives a tepid reception from the other counselors, for instance, he calls his fiancée and expresses his reservations about his plan, sounding like a homesick camper calling home. Then there is Mitch, the “action-sport junky” counselor from Wolk’s youth, creating the perfect balance between tension and fun-loving innocence: Wolk’s domination over his campers in backgammon just cannot compare to Mitch’s speedboat rides. But Wolk undergoes a significant transformation, leaving behind his adolescent misconceptions about manhood and re-entering the world on his own terms.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A few months before his impending wedding, before the full weight of adulthood descended upon him, Entertainment Weekly senior writer Wolk realized he needed to take some time and get reacquainted with his younger self. He returned to the summer camp where he spent some of the best weeks of his life, both as a camper and as a counselor. A lighthearted take on the whole you-can’t-go-home-again theme, his memoir is like the best bits of a whole bunch of summer-camp movies (remember Meatballs? or Indian Summer?) mixed together. Not that it’s just a rehash of stuff you have seen before: Wolk puts a new spin on his perennial topic, observing camp life from the point of view of someone who knows what it was like 20 years ago and who is in the position to compare the boy he used to be with the man he is today. Sometimes poignant, but mostly just very funny, Wolk’s reflections will get readers thinking about maybe, just maybe, taking one last plunge into childhood before it’s too late.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kara | 2/6/2014

    " Not exactly fine literature but fun, funny, and an enjoyable read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Linda | 2/1/2014

    " what a disappointment. His article on entertainment weekly are so funny but this book was a bummer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brett | 1/31/2014

    " This book reminded me a lot of going back to camp after not having been there for a whole week in a while. I enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 1/27/2014

    " Enjoyable book. Made me think back to my times at camp and how I'd like to relive those days. I feel like I have a lot in come with Josh Wolk, as we both don't like change and yearn for innocent childhood. Just what I needed to read at this time in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ann | 1/20/2014

    " As a former camp counselor my summer years of college, this brought back some great memories of time gone by. I enjoyed it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry | 1/14/2014

    " This was just ok.....I didn't finish it because I got bored with it. It almost seemed like a short story that got drawn out into a book. It holds true to the title but I thought it would be more fun and less serious about something that isn't serious at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Renee | 1/6/2014

    " Not the greatest book ever, but a highly entertaining memoir of a guy who goes back to his old summer camp, this time as a camp counselor. I totally enjoyed it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandy | 11/23/2013

    " Super funny book for anyone who has ever loved being a camp counselor...and wishes he/she could stay one forever!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marina | 11/21/2013

    " For anybody who has gone to summer camp and yearned to go back--a good book to read to decide why you can't (or shouldn't). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 11/21/2013

    " the former camp counselor in me loved this book. it was nostalgic and funny and i was sad when it was over. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Casey | 11/20/2013

    " One of the funniest books I've read, ever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Po | 12/14/2012

    " Absolutely loved this book!! I would find myself laughing out loud and reading the passage to other people to share it. Just can't say enough how much I loved it! Poignant, funny, fast-paced - awesome!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danielle | 6/12/2012

    " funny book about a 34 year old who goes back to be a camp counselor the summer before his wedding. quick read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bridget | 3/19/2012

    " For me, this book was a very LONG attempt to recapture his youth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chelsea | 11/8/2011

    " Am engaging and funny look at nostalgia and growing up. But mostly a lot of fart jokes. (Good ones!) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Saralee | 3/26/2011

    " This is a great read - not to be missed. It will bring back memories of your youth and make you laugh sooooo hard! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 3/6/2011

    " I listened to this one. I liked the reader. This story speaks all too well of most young men. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 6/9/2010

    " Made me laugh out loud throughout - very entertaining look at a 30-something who returns for one last summer as a camp counselor before getting married. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/11/2010

    " Highly entertaining look at summer camp and growing up. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katrina | 3/8/2009

    " Funny and easy to read; great for people who never went to sleepaway camp, but always wanted to know what it was like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 JulieK | 1/13/2009

    " Light but fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Godfrey | 5/17/2008

    " engaging writer on a fun topic. eli and i kind of fantasize about running a summer camp. he makes me feel nostalgia for it even though i only went to camp a few times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shelley Hw | 3/3/2008

    " Josh Wolk makes me want to go back to camp too, or at least to give it another try. He's funny. He can write and he's just plain fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya Beeler | 1/1/2008

    " It's not a great book. But for someone who longs to one day return to her glory days as a camp counselor, it's a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pamela | 10/14/2007

    " it was a great summer read... took me back to my camp days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Theo | 6/27/2007

    " -Love the camper personalities he turns into characters in the book. I heard my friend Cade telling the story, with a similar wit, humor, and appreciation for the details in everyday camp life. Like camp? You'll love the book. Check out Wolk's website! "

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