Summer on the Short Bus by Bethany CrandellPublished by Running Press Kids on April 1st 2014
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Spoiled, Versace-clad Cricket Montgomery has seventeen years of pampering under her belt. So when her father decides to ship her off to a summer camp for disabled teens to help her learn some accountability, Cricket resigns herself to three weeks of handicapped hell.
Her sentence takes a bearable turn as she discovers the humor and likeability of the campers and grows close to fellow counselors. Now, if she can just convince a certain Zac Efron look-alike with amazing blue eyes that she finally realizes there's life after Gucci, this summer could turn out to be the best she's ever had.
Once in a while, I find a book that makes me all giddy and smiley-faced whenever I think about it, and I know, without a doubt, that I’ve found a book that deserves a spot on the list of ultimate favourites. Let’s just say that I absolutely adored Bethany Crandell’s debut novel, Summer On The Short Bus. Maybe it’s because of the snark or the humor or the realism of it. Or the swoony boys. All I know to be true is that it made my belly hurt from laughing so hard and it made my heart overflow.
“I guess I’m a bigger mess than I realized.”
“Yeah, maybe you are,” he says, leaning close enough so I can see my reflection in his eyes. “But that’s when life starts getting good, right? When it’s messy.”
The main character, Cricket, won’t be winning the most loveable award anytime soon but she’s definitely in the running for most developed and will probably get a medal for most realistic. Cricket is self-absorbed and overindulged which is why she acts all nasty and is judgmental at first while forced to work as a counselor at Camp I Can, a place for special needs kids. That said, despite the fact that she was acting poorly, I still completely loved her sass! And the thing is, she does redeem herself. By the end of the book, I really admired her bluntness, her wit, and how she was flawed and how her voice was so authentic.
“Being uncomfortable around disabled people doesn’t make you a horrible person- it makes you honest. It makes you real.”
Like Cricket, Summer On The Short Bus’s supporting characters were also very notable and enjoyable to read. Zac Efron look-alike, Quinn, had already stolen my heart as soon as he was introduced. I’m totally not biased because I have a HUGE crush on Zac (maybe just a little)- Quinn really was a wonderful guy. He’s sweet, has a big heart and is totally charming! LOVE LOVE LOVE HIM. Aside from Quinn, I also really adored the campers, namely, Claire and Meredith, who felt very dear to me. They are awesome, I tell you, and I’m sure everyone else who reads Summer On The Short Bus will love both girls too. The whole bunch of people at Camp I Can was a peculiar mix and was just too funny for words.
“You’ve gotta learn to embrace your inner Efron.”
Hilarious and honest, this one is such a worthy read. It’s quick and fun to devour but it is not without essence. I loved it very much and I highly recommend buying it to support the author so we can get more books out of her. *winks* Seriously though, read this one. It’s perfect for summer and for whenever you wanna read a book that’s light, entertaining and heartwarming.