I received this book for free from the Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Summer On the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell
Published by Running Press Kids on April 1st 2014
Source: the Author
Cricket Montgomery was born with a golden spoon in her mouth (though Tiffany platinum would have been preferred) and the narcissistic notion that the world revolves around her. After a botched party attempt at the country-club lands her in hot water with her rarely-present father, it's bye-bye relaxing Hawaiian vacation, hello attitude-adjustment as a summer camp counselor.
As if being left for dead in Western Michigan with limited cell coverage isn't punishment enough, Cricket's horror increases when she realizes she's working at a camp for disabled teens. Thankfully there's one bright spot in handicapped hell; fellow counselor and Zac Efron lookalike Quinn, who Cricket falls head over heels for. Unfortunately for Cricket, Quinn is the one person who offers her the brutal truth about the kind of person she really is--and not even a platinum spoon can make 'self-centered, bitch' taste good.
As wheelchairs, lazy eyes, and slurred speech begin to threaten her sanity, Cricket finds herself relying on the unlikely friendships she makes with the campers, and the strange connection the camp's director seems to have to her forgotten past.
SUMMER ON THE SHORT BUS is a sarcastic, charming, and laugh-out-loud look at what happens when your comfort zone disappears and all that's left to protect you is the brutal truth. It will be released in April 1, 2014, by Running Press Teens (The Perseus Group).
If you read my blog posts, or simply follow me on Twitter, you’ve probably seen me mention this book countless times. Summer on the Short Bus is one of my most anticipated 2014 releases and I feel so fortunate for getting to read an early version of this book.
I laughed so many times while reading this book. The humour and wit just dripped from the pages and I loved every single heartfelt moment of it. I laughed until I cried and then I cried some more, for reasons that had nothing to do with laughing. In Summer on the Short Bus we’re shown that, just because some people have a handicap, does not make them less or any different that you. No matter how different you might seem to be, in the end we’re all very much alike.
All characters managed to tug on my heartstrings. Cricket (talk about major character-development) and Aiden and Quinn (Those two will make for some perfect fictional crushes and will make those hours spend reading so WORTH it)! But most of all, I grew a very BIG soft spot for Claire and Meredith. Those girls snagged my heart right away with their beautiful personalities. I have a favourite scene regarding both of them that I WON’T mention. I don’t want to spoil the story and rob you of the experience to fall in love with the girls as I did, but I can tell you that every single scene with them will make you laugh -full our belly laugh!- until you drop.
Summer on the Short Bus was such a truthful and heartfelt story. I finished this book in 3 hours while in between classes. The most well spent hours ever! All those hilarious scenes, combined with such heartfelt honesty, had me laughing and crying more than a few times. A beautiful story about being different, but oh so alike simultaneously. This book will make for such an important lesson for so many people. I hope that its truth and realism will reach and touch the heart of many readers.