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October 4, 2009

Milestones by Samira Armin Hodges

One day. Just one day. That's how long it took for fourteen year-old Faye Martin's ordinary life to take a dramatic and completely unexpected turn. First, she gets struck by lightning a strange and awful experience in itself, but then made worse because Benjamin Parker, the object of her obsession, witnessed her near-death experience. Then she comes home to find her parents are forcing her to leave her friends and hometown of Seattle to attend a summer camp, aptly named Camp Milestone. After several failed attempts to change her parents mind Faye finds herself on a plane headed across the country to a camp she has never heard of.
Only, Camp Milestone is no ordinary camp. There are no phones allowed, shabby cabins and only a handful of campers. The only good turn of events is Benji her longtime crush is among the sparsely populated camp. This highlight of her summer is overshadowed by the camps strange and harsh rules given out by the head of the camp Galiana Moore, who seems crazy most of the time, and who unfortunately has taken a liking to Faye. As if things were not bad enough she notices an odd rash that has consumed most of her back from the lighting strike that seems to not only be growing larger but glowing slightly. Before she knows it, Faye finds herself caught in a whirlwind of uncertainty, torture, calamine lotion and romance....All in the name of summer camp. But as the summer unfolds, she realizes there is much more to Camp Milestone than meets the eye. Will she be able to unravel the mystery that surrounds this unusual camp? And more importantly, will she be able to survive the madness long enough to put the pieces together?

A few weeks ago I did an interivew with the author for a blog tour, so here is the review of the book.

Milestones was a very interesting book. At the very beginning it was hard to get into but as the story progressed I found myself wanting to know what was happening. I could not figure out for the life of me what was going on but once I got to the end I was like it all makes sense now!  

I was impressed with this debut book because it was different and interesting, besides the fact that the beginning was slow it was a great book. 

The plot once she got to camp was well drawn out and the characters were different and yes stereotypical but had different aspects to them that made them believable.




  1. This does sound unique and interesting. Thank you for reviewing it!


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