Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Best Camp Counselor in the World - Mike Ronny

Long time camp counselor, Eddie Fleming is returning to the quaint Little Lobster Campsite for his two week stint. He loves it there, that's why he's been going back since he was 17.

It's familiar, it's by the sea, it's home. The only problem is that his long time girlfriend, Janie, can't quite understand it arguing and questioning why he has to work at the site.

Familiarizing himself with the cots, the less than refined bathroom and saying hello to the campsite owner Mr. Locke, Eddie meets his fellow counselors, hippie and happy Ken and the blond bombshell, Erika. He's excited until he runs in to his Nemesis - King Morrissey - a bully from his past who's kid is now attending camp. In a concerted effort, Eddie avoids King Jr while bringing out the best of his group of Little Lobsters.

When Erika makes a suggestion and he finally comes face to face with his archenemy, will Eddie leave Janie for the blonde bombshell? And will King make good on his promise of making the 'Best Camp Counselor in the World' suffer?

A short, funny and slightly poignant story which gets the mind thinking just a little bit. Eddie is a likable enough character - a bit of a drifter with no definite job directions - whilst Ken adds the humor and Erika the glamour. The children are sweet; the author could have added some sort of drama - like a fight breaking out - but he keeps the interaction on an even keel. Ultimately, Eddie's return to camp was different this season seeing him learn a few life lessons.

Very quick to read with good characterization  Ronny conveys a vivid picture of the lazy hazy days of a late 80s summer camp. It's not deep and meaningful, but there are things to think about. An entertaining read especially if you have half an hour to spare. A recommended read.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for review. The opinions expressed are my own and I am not required to give a positive critique.

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