Vera does not fit in, not at the slumber parties with her school friends, and not – as it turns out – with the other immigrant kids at camp. This is one of those, “well, it seemed like a good idea…” stories.
For her wealthier friends, going to camp all summer is just a part of what you do. Maybe you go to horse camp or tennis camp. Or maybe if you’re Vera, you just hang out on an empty playground all summer. Until you find out there is a Russian camp your mother just might let you attend.
Somehow your prayers have been answered, and you think you can do all the cool things the other kids are talking about. Until you get there and find out that it seems pretty much like the rest of your life. Sigh.
A fun read, even if the memories of camp it brings back are not all happy ones. Perfect for summer.
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol