That Summer Feeling

Before we’re ready to move onto Jessica Darling’s last year of high school, Emily and I would like to leave you with some camp-related recommendations:

The Musts

My Picks

Huge — I already recommended this, but this ABC Family drama is so amazing that I still get sad thinking about its early cancellation.  Please watch it and then gchat me about it for forever.

Notes on Camp — This was the first This American Life that I ever listened to and it’s still one of my favorites.  It really captures what is uniquely “summer camp.”

Moonrise Kingdom — This Wes Anderson movie is so beautiful that I want it to wallpaper my apartment.  For Halloween, I dressed up like Sam and my friend dressed like Suzy; we were so adorable.  Maybe my favorite of Anderson’s films, the camp site that the two set up is summer-romance perfection.

Camp – The tagline for this movie is a comedy about drama.  It’s not something I would call good, but I will say that it really earns its title.  And the musical numbers are incredible.

Wet Hot American Summer – If you haven’t seen this movie, you must correct that situation immediately.  It’s hilarious and the cast goes on for days: Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Elizabeth Banks, Bradley Cooper, and that’s just scratching the surface.

Emily’s Picks

Dramarama by E. Lockhart
Sayde (formerly Sarah) and her BFF Demi are super excited to escape the small Ohio town and attend theatre camp. Demi shines at camp and gets himself a boyfriend, but things don’t go so well for Sayde. Can they make it through the summer with their friendship intact?
Brain Camp by Susan Kim, Laurence Kalvan, and Faith Erin Hicks

Camp Fielding a prestigious, invite-only camp that is supposed to turn problem children into prodigies. Is their program revolutionary? Or is something more sinister going on?

The Most Likely-s — because I haven’t read them yet
The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer
I have been on the waiting list for this book at the library for months and I hope I get to read it soon!  It’s about a group of kids who name themselves the Interestings ironically at an art camp when their teenagers.  The novel follows them through their lives as they age.  I can’t wait!
Art Girls Are Easy by Julie Klausner
This is another one of my to-read list.  Julie Klausner is hilarious (if you don’t listen to her podcast, How Was Your Week?, you should) and a YA story about a girl’s first summer at an arts camp sounds like a perfect summer read.
The Maybes – Because We Haven’t Revisited Them in a While
What are the camp movies and tv shows of our youth? Heavyweights, Camp Nowhere, Salute Your Shorts, and Bug Juice.  We haven’t watched these in the last decade, so proceed with caution.  But I bet Bug Juice, a reality show on the Disney Channel about summer camp, holds up.

One thought on “That Summer Feeling

  1. Oh man, Heavyweights is still wonderful. There are so many quotable quotes, and it is perhaps my favorite Ben Stiller character. I, perhaps in the minority, hate Zoolander; I cannot, however, get enough of Tony Perkis. Or Lars.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s