Book in Review: Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell

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Title: Summer on the Short Bus
Author: Bethany Crandell
Format: ARC
Paperback: 272 pages
Publication Date: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Rating: 5/5
Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 

Cricket Montgomery is a rich and spoiled kid, who is sent by her father to a camp. She is already dreading the fact of going to a camp, but what makes her eventually faint is when she finds out that the campers are actually handicapped. The only thing keeping her in the camp is a Zac Efron look-a-like aka Quinn. How will Cricket get through that summer camp? Which will she choose, her Zac Efron look-a-like, or her luxurious life back home? 

This book has a unique beauty in it which is rare to all books. I absolutely agree with what others say that Bethany's writing style is funny and witty. It's also very blunt and clear which makes this book very easy to understand. The writing style made the book very suitable for its target readers. I wasn't exactly laughing out loud, but I definitely shared a few chuckles in my head. I couldn't put the book down when I started reading it. As a result, I finished reading the book in one sitting. I also liked how the book is a cliche, but still wonderfully amazing. Usually, when I read books with a cliche plot, I won't give it a 5 star rating. The difference with this book is that the author was able to write it well enough that I couldn't give it a lower rating.

I admire that Cricket is very honest and doesn't hold back when it comes to telling what's on her mind. The personality that she has is actually very necessary to make the story great. The campers in the Camp I Can made me see the essence of living. Even Quinn, had his own flaws which means no character is really perfect, even though he looks just like Zac Efron. I didn't hate any of the characters. The characters were obviously a result of Bethany's experiences combined with her ingenuity. The lines of all the characters weren't unrealistic, the kind that you would actually say in real life. Like the characters, the plot development of the book was also perfect. I totally understood everything that happened and saw each of its purpose. 

Summer on the Short Bus is a mixture of understanding more about life, teens, and love. It's not just a book where the main character starts to love the camp and the campers and falls in love with a hot guy. It's so much more than that because it comes with different lessons and realizations. The cover is cute, the characters were all fun, the plot was a cliche but likeable, the lines were realistic. What more can I ask? 

I would highly recommend this book to all the teenagers out there. You've got to read this book and join the fun! 

Lastly, I would like to thank the author for providing me a hardcopy of this book. I felt very privileged to have been able to read this book. If there was a new book by Bethany Crandell, I would definetely read it! No doubts. 

Have you read Summer on The Short Bus? What did you think about it? Leave a comment!

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  1. I haven't heard of this one yet! Contemporary fiction isn't my favorite genre, but anything that mentions "Zac Efron" begs to be read. ;) Adding to the TBR. Great review!

    1. Embrace your inner Efron! :) Thank you!


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