The Last Summer of the Camperdowns

The Last Summer of the Camperdowns Set on Cape Cod during one tumultuous summer Elizabeth Kelly s gothic family story will delight readers of The Family Fang and The Giant s House The Last Summer of the Camperdowns from the best sell

  • Title: The Last Summer of the Camperdowns
  • Author: Elizabeth Kelly
  • ISBN: 9780871403407
  • Page: 493
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Set on Cape Cod during one tumultuous summer, Elizabeth Kelly s gothic family story will delight readers of The Family Fang and The Giant s House.The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, from the best selling author of Apologize, Apologize , introduces Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve year old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor sharp wife, Greer It s 1Set on Cape Cod during one tumultuous summer, Elizabeth Kelly s gothic family story will delight readers of The Family Fang and The Giant s House.The Last Summer of the Camperdowns, from the best selling author of Apologize, Apologize , introduces Riddle James Camperdown, the twelve year old daughter of the idealistic Camp and his manicured, razor sharp wife, Greer It s 1972, and Riddle s father is running for office from the family compound in Wellfleet, Massachusetts Between Camp s desire to toughen her up and Greer s demand for glamour, Riddle has her hands full juggling her eccentric parents When she accidentally witnesses a crime close to home, her confusion and fear keep her silent As the summer unfolds, the consequences of her silence multiply Another mysterious and powerful family, the Devlins, slowly emerges as the keepers of astonishing secrets that could shatter the Camperdowns As an old love triangle, bitter war wounds, and the struggle for status spiral out of control, Riddle can only watch, hoping for the courage to reveal the truth The Last Summer of the Camperdowns is poised to become the summer s uproarious and dramatic must read.

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    1. Elizabeth Kelly

      Librarian Note There is than one author by this name in the data base.Elizabeth Kelly is the best selling author of the novel Apologize, Apologize and is an award winning journalist She lives in Merrickville, Ontario, with her husband, five dogs, and three cats.

    774 thoughts on “The Last Summer of the Camperdowns”

    1. I have no rating for this book. I finished it over a week ago. I've had intense conversations about this book all weekend, but I don't know how to rate it - or if I am even qualified to rate books. This is what I know:1)The language in this book is beautiful. Camperdowns is the type of book that I stopped and reread sentences because the language grabbed me. 2)The characters in this book are quirky and odd and at times completely repulsive. Gula is so creepy and scary that I was completely freak [...]

    2. I read this because of the high star rating here and was thoroughly disappointed. Add me to the list of others that felt the narration was way too sophisticated for the mind of a 13 year old. ("We stared at each other, both of us silent and expressionless, sepulchral stillness filling the air like incense, conjoining us, seeping into my brain, this taciturn partnership of ours a kind of ceremonial dirge.") Seriously?!I also found it inconsistent to the point of distraction that such an outspoken [...]

    3. Like many of my GR friends, I received this ARC in anticipation of meeting the author at Booktopia Vermont 2013, a gathering of passionate readers. Those friends have done a fine job of giving an overview of this story and I'm not certain I can add anything profound but I'll add my two cents anyway.When I first started this I thought not for me. Too wordy, where was it going?; just being a lazy reader I think. So many more books on my shelves that I wanted to read. Two things encouraged me to co [...]

    4. 2.5 stars would be my ranking, I'm being generous!Our character is also young (12 going on 13) but the language of this book is very sophisticated (more on that later.) And the pacing is extremely slow.So, I LOVE unsympathetic characters, but my argument is always "I don't have to like them, I just have to believe them." In the case of these characters, I did neither.Greer is an ex-movie star, but we never do get an idea why she is an "ex." And she's frosty and mean.Riddle, our main character, s [...]

    5. I can't even finish it. I'm literally 11 pages in and am so annoyed by the language that I can't force myself to finish. What kind of 12 year old speaks like that?! Ridiculous.Example -"e eccentric linchpin of an unchanged repertoire he'd performed in camphorated living rooms"No. Just no.

    6. This was way too over-written for me to get more than fifty pages into it. It felt like Kelly was laboring to create excessively literary sentences and paragraphs and the result was unrealistic characters and a plot that was taking too long to develop. Not for me.

    7. Blogged at River City Reading:I often find myself repeating my preference for well written, intriguing characters over those I find to be likable but stereotypical. Thankfully, many authors are able to blend likability with intrigue, but it has been a long time since I've seen it done with the talent shown by Elizabeth Kelly in The Last Summer of the Camperdowns. In the summer of 1972, 12-year-old Riddle James Camperdown begins to realize that her father Godfrey, affectionately known as Camp, ru [...]

    8. A beautifully written book!!! I truly loved it, although I will say it took a few chapters to get into it, but it was so worth it!!!I couldn't put it down after the first few chapters and honestly read every available moment I had. :) Elizabeth Kelly's writing style is seriously beautiful and amazing andI just don't have the words to properly convey how I feel about this book I will say that it is not my typical reading choice (genre), but the book description grabbed my attention and so I enter [...]

    9. 4.5 stars, when will you introduce half star rating choices?I’m not sure whether I pity or envy Riddle James Camperdown. She has one of the funniest mothers I’ve ever encountered in fiction. That makes me envious. On the other hand, Greer Camperdown’s withering humor is often aimed at Riddle. Score one for pity. Her father, Godfrey, known as Camp, is unnervingly gifted. A labor historian and activist, composer of off Broadway musicals, and noted biographer of James Hoffa, he’s now a cand [...]

    10. This is a story about families and the secrets held within and the devastating consequences because of them. This book is told from the point of view of 12 year old Riddle who is an only child thrust into the world of adults and adult problems and all the contentions of her difficult parents she is amidst their marital woes which start to slowly unravel and Riddle finds herself in the centre of it all. Riddle witnesses something untoward and doesn't completely understand what she sees and this i [...]

    11. It was the first time I had seen Harry Devlin in two decades. His eyes registered brief surprise, then something more. There was a whole lifetime in that look.The Last Summer of the Camperdowns by Elizabeth Kelly400 pages; Liveright; June 2013Literary FictionWhat do you think of when you think of a beach read? Something light, something you can pick up and put down without much thought to it, something to take you away a little, but not absorb you too much; a silly romance, maybe, or an easily-s [...]

    12. This book was an entertaining though slow read. The setup was good, the characterization strong, the setting clear, but the pacing in the middle slowed a bit too much for this reader. After witnessing a crime, 13 year old Riddle is left to cope with her terror and her shocked silence, as well as her growing awareness of her family's best kept secrets, resulting in a stew of anxiety and self-loathing and disconnection from everyone around her. Though the author depicted this angst and fear quite [...]

    13. Riddle James Camperdown is about to have a life changing summer. Her father, known as Camp, is running for office. Camp's campaign happens mostly behind the scenes, as the reader spends the summer with Riddle and her razor sharp former movie star mother Greer at their family home on the Massachusetts coast. There is a cast of characters from the same background as the Camperdowns, all dripping in money and riding horses at their ocean estates. There is Gin, gossiper and breeder of horses as well [...]

    14. d came up with this story as a lark one gin-fueled summer night. This novel seems to have all the right ingredients for a transporting beach read: clever characters in moneyed summer community including eccentric neighbors and famousy parents, mysterious happenings to be explained later, references to 1972 current events, etc. Unfortunately, my imagination couldn't find a comfortable place to settle in and enjoy the story. From the beginning, this book made me restless, or like I had a pebble in [...]

    15. A few days before only child Riddle James Camperdown turns 13, she sees and hears something sinister in a neighbor’s barn. Despite several opportunities to tell her parents, Riddle stays quiet. As you can probably guess, this doesn’t end well.I’m not sure I have ever read a book where every character was a caricature to the extent that they were in this novel. 90% of the book consisted of interminable variations of the same scenes with the same seven characters – or when some of the char [...]

    16. I LOVED this book. LOVED it. Riddle's voice is so real. I felt like I was reading a book about myself as a child. I absolutely loved her relationship with Greer, her mother. It felt natural and simple and I really related to it. My mother was not a fallen movie star, but there were so many similarities.As for the murder (which isn't a spoiler, it's a main part of the book), I really wish Riddle had said something sooner. Of course. I wanted her to tell. I wanted the bad guy to get caught and eve [...]

    17. MODIFIED SPOILER ALERT I won't give away the ending of this book, but to explain why I struggled with how to rate it, I have to explore some of the main reveals.I was tempted to give this three stars, given the incandescent writing and sardonic dialogue, along with vividly imagined characters, but my struggle with the primary character and premise of the book nudged it down to two stars for me.In this novel, the protagonist is early teen Riddle Camperdown, living in a wealthy enclave on Cape Cod [...]

    18. This is an extremely well written, multi-layered book. At times it is laugh out loud funny and, at other times, the walls the characters have built around themselves are so high it is difficult to penetrate. The main character, Riddle, witnesses by sound not sight, a terrible incident but does not come forward. She lives with this knowledge and it changes her throughout the summer. That same summer things are unraveling between her parents as her bombastic father runs for political office while [...]

    19. This book read sort of like a watered down Atonement, the story of a young girl who witnesses something she doesn't quite understand and the trouble that follows as she decides what to do with that information. The main problem with this book is the language. I'm supposed to believe a thirteen year old girl knows whole hosts of words that I've never even heard used before and that they seamlessly roll off her tongue with the appropriate amount of wit to serve the appropriate amount of bite just [...]

    20. Loved this book! Once I started I literally couldn't put it down. The way she weaves the story is fascinating, and the language she uses builds the writing into one of the best I've read on a while. I often think about my rating as i read, and this one never went below four and a half stars. By the end I couldn't given this anything less than five. Highly recommend this one!

    21. I loved everything about this book. It was a perfect blend of everyday life and mystery. I felt as if I really got to know the Camperdowns and all their acquaintances. Kelly wrote it in such a way that I didn't feel like I was stuck in a bad 70s movie. It could've just as easily taken place today. I cannot wait to meet this author and discuss the ending of the novel.

    22. I couldn't put this book down! The characters are larger than life and will stay with me along time. So much to talk about, can't wait to meet the author in April.

    23. You can also read my review on my blog: thebookendreviewsNote: I won this book as a first reads contest winning.Riddle me thisIt's the Summer of 1972 and Riddle "Jimmy" "Hoffa" James Camperdown keeps the biggest secret of her life. At 12 years old she witnesses a crime but doesn't tell a soul. As her parents seem to become more distant (Her father is in politics and her mother still star struck) she begins to fall in love with Harry Delvin. The son of her fathers once best friend. As the year g [...]

    24. Elizabeth Kelly has written a fascinating book about some of the most interesting characters I've come across in quite some time. Her use of descriptive language is awe-inspiring, as shown in the following examples:" . . . people who visibly inspected me for flaws, who spoke to me too loudly, who overwhelmed me with the vivid primary colors of their curiosity, posing questions in singsong voices that bobbed like mobiles hung over a crib.""He was one of those men who could change the weather in t [...]

    25. I really, really liked this book. This author did such a fantastic job of building ALL of the characters in this story. From the pontificating war vet Godfrey Camperdown, to the gorgeous, retired-in-her-prime movie star Greer Camperdown, to the 13 year old Riddle, who is the main protagonist. Even down to the neighbors and casual acquaintances. She captures the time period and electricity of authenticity.Her prose were just lovely."When it came to my father and what he had to say, the bar was al [...]

    26. Read the best books first, or you may not have a chance to read them at all.–Henry David ThoreauIf you only read one book this year, make it 'The Last Summer of the Camperdowns' by Elizabeth Kelly.The entire time I was sitting with this novel, I found myself checking the cover to check that this book wasn't actually written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harper Lee or Ernest Hemingway. I have never come across a tale that could have most certainly been penned by one of the classic masters.Set in Mass [...]

    27. I'm sorry, I love a metaphor as much as the next guy but "pulleeese" the amount of them in this book just distracted and bogged me down. I was so restless as I forced my way through the first 90 pages. I know Riddle saw(?) heard(?) something in the barn that scared her but the reader is left bewildered and confused. I give up. Life is too short to waste it force feeding yourself a book that is not "assigned" reading. I don't even care to know what the mystery that is alluded to in the first chap [...]

    28. I only finished this because I read it for a book club. The character development was awful and I didn't care about anyone, including the narrator. Far too much dialogue, far too many contrived plot points with no build up. The ending seemed shoddily thrown together and because there was no development, it wasn't a surprising twist so much as continued arbitrary actions.

    29. This book got on my nerves. The story was decent but a lot of the dialog made me crazy. Some the characters (Greer, Gin, Mirabel) were so overdone they were basically parodies. I just kept feeling like I wanted to punch them all in the face.

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