Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 14th 2014
Genres: Chick Lit
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The summers you spend at summer camp are indelibly etched on your heart. But what happens when the camp you love is about to close? Can you ever really say goodbye to the place that made you who you are? These are the questions that plagues Ethel, the seventy-year-old former camp director who is nursing a broken heart after losing the love of her life as she now faces the impending closure of the camp on Lake Wenatchee that she called home. It's also a question that inspires change in forty-year-old Shannon, who spent the summers of her youth as a vibrant, capable camp counselor and is now directionless after watching her career implode. And there's Laura, who has lost all intimacy with her husband and doesn't know if she can save what seems to be gone forever. Finally, Ruby, who betrayed Ethel years ago and hasn't spoken to her since, hopes this will be her chance to make amends. When the four women learn that a homeless teen has been hiding at camp, they realize camp is something much more immediate for all: survival.
And so the three generations of women search for a way to save the place that saved them all, finding in the process a way back to themselves and each other in The Firelight Girls, Kaya McLaren's novel of love and loss, heartbreak and healing.
I’m not usually much of a Chick Lit reader, but something about going back to summer camp really called out to me. I’m so happy that I read this book–I really liked it.
The summary is pretty spot on. I was really surprised by how much McLaren was able to pack into this fast-paced, poignant read. I was totally invested in each of the characters and was so anxious to see how everything was going to turn out. There were some things that weren’t my favorite, but overall, this is a perfect summer read. Highly recommended.