Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Milestones by Samira Armin Hodges

Milestones by Samira Armin Hodges

Series: Milestones

Publisher: Hungry Goat Press

Category: Young Adult

251 Pages

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?

Milestones took me a while to get into. For the first few pages I just wasn’t really drawn in. Then suddenly –BAM- I couldn’t get out of Camp Milestone. It was insanely catchy to the point where I couldn’t concentrate in school.

The plot was amazing. I definitely never could have guessed the plot twist. Ever. Most books you can guess at l least kind of what’s going on. Not this book. Once it hit me it slapped me in the face just like it did for Faye. I did however, catch onto Faye's "secret" before it was announced.

Speaking of Faye, I loved her character. Heck, I loved ALL the characters. I loved how Faye grew subtly over the course of the book. Benji seemed so dreamy. All the characters were intriguing honestly.

Go pick up this book as soon as you can. It's written amazingly and I can not wait for the sequel!



1 comment:

  1. I have to check this book out! It sounds insanely suspenseful, and I have an itch for being suspended in curiosity this month :D