Eva has always wanted to write a modern classic—one that actually appeals to her generation. The only problem is that she has realized she can’t “write what she knows” because she hasn’t yet begun to live. So before heading off to college, Eva is determined to get a life worth writing about.
Soon Eva’s life encounters a few unexpected plot twists. She becomes a counselor at a nearby summer camp—a job she is completely unqualified for. She starts growing apart from her best friends before they’ve even left for school. And most surprising of all, she begins to fall for the last guy she would have ever imagined. But no matter the roadblocks, or writer’s blocks, it is all up to Eva to figure out how she wants this chapter in her story to end. (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
Have you ever read a book and just put it down after you finished it, because you have no idea how you really felt about it? Yeah…this is that book for me.
I was so excited when I learned that Eva, our heroine, is a writer. I was expecting someone like Cath, from Fangirl; AKA, a nerdy, introverted heroine who I could really connect with. Maybe it was wrong to expect that, since I know that all writers aren’t like Cath (or me), but meeting Eva still felt a bit shocking. She’s rude. She’s judgemental. She’s prideful. She smashes her way through life, and doesn’t really care who or what gets in the way. Long story short: I didn’t like Eva. Her internal rambling was strangely entertaining, but I didn’t like her.
The whole idea behind the story is that on the last day of high school Eva gets pulled aside and told by her teacher to try writing what she knows instead of just guessing at things she has never experienced (Eva is a contemporary writer, by the way). Eva takes this a bit too literally, and decides to spend her summer learning about things so she can write about them. Dating. Counselling at a summer camp.
Eva is a terrible counselor. Terrible, terrible, terrible. She does everything with the best of intentions, sure, but for a sport & activity summer camp, she for the most part ignores the schedule and tries her best to get the group of nine year old girls writing. I’m actually quite surprised that they didn’t throw a fit, because I don’t know one nine year old girl who would willingly sit out of Capture the Flag to write a poem in a notebook. It’s honestly not a surprise to me that Eva gets fired, even if it’s not for the reason that I’m expecting.
There are a couple of saving graces, though. While I don’t like her personality, I did like how willing Eva was to go outside her comfort zone and to try to change. She is a different person by the end of the book, though I can’t really decide if it was for better or for worse. This is also an extremely character driven novel, and I found that refreshing. The characters are interesting and fleshed out because of this, and none of them fell flat.
So, all in all, this is an okay book. It’s not great, it’s not horrible, it’s just…okay. I don’t recommend running out and buying this book right this minute; place a hold on it at the library before you spend money.