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From bestselling author Jessica Goodman comes a twisty new thriller about three best friends, one elite summer camp, and the dark secrets that lead to a body in the lake. Sisters by choice. That’s how Goldie and her best friends, Ava and Imogen, define their friendship, which formed years ago at Camp Alpine Lake. This year, Goldie is back at camp as a counselor, desperate f From bestselling author Jessica Goodman comes a twisty new thriller about three best friends, one elite summer camp, and the dark secrets that lead to a body in the lake. Sisters by choice. That’s how Goldie and her best friends, Ava and Imogen, define their friendship, which formed years ago at Camp Alpine Lake. This year, Goldie is back at camp as a counselor, desperate for summer to start and for Ava and Imo to arrive. With the dark secret Goldie’s been keeping, she’s more in need of their comfort than ever. When the boy who broke Goldie's heart, turns up dead in the lake, this last summer before college is completely upended—and Goldie learns that she’s not the only person at camp who has been lying. Asking questions offers Goldie no answers, only danger and betrayals deeper than she ever imagined.


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From bestselling author Jessica Goodman comes a twisty new thriller about three best friends, one elite summer camp, and the dark secrets that lead to a body in the lake. Sisters by choice. That’s how Goldie and her best friends, Ava and Imogen, define their friendship, which formed years ago at Camp Alpine Lake. This year, Goldie is back at camp as a counselor, desperate f From bestselling author Jessica Goodman comes a twisty new thriller about three best friends, one elite summer camp, and the dark secrets that lead to a body in the lake. Sisters by choice. That’s how Goldie and her best friends, Ava and Imogen, define their friendship, which formed years ago at Camp Alpine Lake. This year, Goldie is back at camp as a counselor, desperate for summer to start and for Ava and Imo to arrive. With the dark secret Goldie’s been keeping, she’s more in need of their comfort than ever. When the boy who broke Goldie's heart, turns up dead in the lake, this last summer before college is completely upended—and Goldie learns that she’s not the only person at camp who has been lying. Asking questions offers Goldie no answers, only danger and betrayals deeper than she ever imagined.

30 review for The Counselors

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kelsi

    I genuinely could not care less about off-shore accounts and embezzlement and whatever other financial tomfoolery this book’s plot was trying to throw at me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    I'm getting major Fear Street vibes from this and I NEED it I'm getting major Fear Street vibes from this and I NEED it

  3. 5 out of 5

    Inés Molina

    A MYSTERY IN CAMP Can I just say i love the cover. Definitely makes you question what's going to happen. Goldie and her two best friends Ava and Imogen are going to be counselors at a camp that means a lot. I loved the bond between those three girls. Goldie has a secret that she's keeping to herself, everyone has secrets. Three best friends in summer camp and a body is found in the lake. The same lake that Ava was at. This was a great book that had a bit of friendship, and bowl full of secrets. I A MYSTERY IN CAMP Can I just say i love the cover. Definitely makes you question what's going to happen. Goldie and her two best friends Ava and Imogen are going to be counselors at a camp that means a lot. I loved the bond between those three girls. Goldie has a secret that she's keeping to herself, everyone has secrets. Three best friends in summer camp and a body is found in the lake. The same lake that Ava was at. This was a great book that had a bit of friendship, and bowl full of secrets. It had me on edge with all the twists. I liked how the chapters went from "then" to "now". I like the line "A sweet little jolt runs through me and for the first time in a long time i feel something i never thought i would again. Hope." The ending was great, everything was revealed and I've got to say i did not expect it. I can't believe they did that. I think Goldie was surprised as well. I read this book in one day. Definitely recommend it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea | thrillerbookbabe

    Thank you so much to Razorbill and Jessica Goodman for my copy of The Counselors! This was such a fun YA thriller. It’s about Goldie, a girl who always looks forward to working at the summer camp near her town. She waits all year for her friends Ava and Imogen to come, and they’ve moved from campers to counselors, always best friends. This year is different though, since Goldie is keeping a dark secret. When someone is found dead in the lake after camp starts, things become even more complex and Thank you so much to Razorbill and Jessica Goodman for my copy of The Counselors! This was such a fun YA thriller. It’s about Goldie, a girl who always looks forward to working at the summer camp near her town. She waits all year for her friends Ava and Imogen to come, and they’ve moved from campers to counselors, always best friends. This year is different though, since Goldie is keeping a dark secret. When someone is found dead in the lake after camp starts, things become even more complex and dangerous, especially since the boy who was killed is the boy Goldie has a very complicated relationship with. Thoughts: I LOVE Jessica Goodman’s writing! This is my first book by her, and I need to pick up her backlist ASAP! The summer camp setting is one of my favorites and this was so well written that I could imagine everything there. I loved that this book was fast-paced for a YA book and had much more under the surface than I originally thought. The perspective shifting from past to present made the book quick and intriguing. The setting made the book and the characters were easy to imagine. This is the perfect summer book to take to the beach or lake. There were some plot holes and things that weren’t explained very well, but it didn’t stop me from enjoying the book. The ending was pretty basic and easy to guess, but what made me love this book was the stories of each of the characters and the theme of friendship. 4-stars!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    Jessica Goodman has been a little hit and miss for me- I felt middling about her debut and then loved They'll Never Catch Us. The Counselors was another one I liked fine, but didn't love. That said, it is a very summery YA mystery and might appeal more to readers who have actually spent time at this kind of sleepaway summer camp and have nostalgia for it. (I'm only familiar with them from movies and the closest I got was youth group church retreats, which is an entirely different can of worms.) Jessica Goodman has been a little hit and miss for me- I felt middling about her debut and then loved They'll Never Catch Us. The Counselors was another one I liked fine, but didn't love. That said, it is a very summery YA mystery and might appeal more to readers who have actually spent time at this kind of sleepaway summer camp and have nostalgia for it. (I'm only familiar with them from movies and the closest I got was youth group church retreats, which is an entirely different can of worms.) Thematically what I found interesting was the emphasis on friendship and class differences. There are some great depictions of complicated female friendships throughout the book and while the camp is a very privileged place, we see it through the perspective of someone who is a bit of an outsider because her parents are camp staff. The mystery elements were okay- the main character did a lot of making assumptions based on little information and didn't actually solve anything. Though she did dig around enough to make people uncomfortable and inadvertently brought the truth to the surface. I also couldn't relate to her inability to tell her friends the truth about her life because she feels inadequate or why she would let someone ruin her life without saying anything. Given how dogged she is in trying to dig up dirt it feels inconsistent in terms of character and those were probably the weakest elements. So if you're looking for summer camp nostalgia with a side of murder and privilege thrown in, this isn't a bad option, just don't necessarily go in with sky high expectations. I received an advance copy of this book via netgalley, all opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    oohlalabooks

    The Counselors is the perfect summer read! It takes place at Camp Alpine Lake in Vermont where Goldie, Ava, and Imogen met as teenagers. The girls call themselves Sisters By Choice. This summer they return as Counselors and they bring with them … secrets! Goldie lives in Vermont, Ava in New York, and Imogen in Connecticut. Through the years, they have had sleepovers in New York, met up for other visits. Before the little campers arrive, a body is found in the lake and everyone is pointing finger The Counselors is the perfect summer read! It takes place at Camp Alpine Lake in Vermont where Goldie, Ava, and Imogen met as teenagers. The girls call themselves Sisters By Choice. This summer they return as Counselors and they bring with them … secrets! Goldie lives in Vermont, Ava in New York, and Imogen in Connecticut. Through the years, they have had sleepovers in New York, met up for other visits. Before the little campers arrive, a body is found in the lake and everyone is pointing fingers. The body belongs to a local named Heller. He and Goldie have a secret past, which cost Goldie everything. The locals believe Heller died by accident, but not Goldie! She goes on a search and comes across information that leads to more secrets. A bit predictable, but nonetheless it is nostalgic and entertaining! Thank you to Bookish First and Razorbill for a gifted copy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Brynn | readyourworriesaway

    Jessica Goodman can do no wrong in my opinion. I loved her first two books, and her newest was one of my most anticipated books of 2022 — especially since it takes place at a summer camp! THE COUNSELORS is about an elite summer camp where three best friends met. Now Goldie, Imogen, and Ava are back as counselors. Goldie has been desperate to be back at camp with her friends, and is hoping she can keep her dark secret hidden. But then Heller, the boy who shattered Goldie’s heart ends up dead in th Jessica Goodman can do no wrong in my opinion. I loved her first two books, and her newest was one of my most anticipated books of 2022 — especially since it takes place at a summer camp! THE COUNSELORS is about an elite summer camp where three best friends met. Now Goldie, Imogen, and Ava are back as counselors. Goldie has been desperate to be back at camp with her friends, and is hoping she can keep her dark secret hidden. But then Heller, the boy who shattered Goldie’s heart ends up dead in the lake at camp, and Goldie will not stop until she has answers. I completely devoured this one. The story reminded me of so many things I loved about camp, while also having a ✨killer✨ plot. It’s fast paced with short chapters, and it alternates between past and present. It’s a fun element that the camp is elite — Goldie is the only camper/counselor from the area, while everyone else comes from rich families and goes to prep schools. While they are from different worlds, the three girls have a bond that can’t be broken. Each of them have something to hide, and the secrets kept me on the edge of my seat. I truly couldn’t put it down!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Liz Lawson

    Both a gripping, fast-paced thriller set at a summer camp full of secrets and an insightful examination of female friendship, The Counselors will hook you from the beginning and keep you on the edge of your seat until its final stunning twist.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Marina Ramon

    Pretty disappointed by the ending. You have a really great murder setting with a summer camp and deadly secret (very I Know What You Did Last Summer) and instead the reason for killing is (view spoiler)[tax evasion??? (hide spoiler)] Lame. Pretty disappointed by the ending. You have a really great murder setting with a summer camp and deadly secret (very I Know What You Did Last Summer) and instead the reason for killing is (view spoiler)[tax evasion??? (hide spoiler)] Lame.

  10. 5 out of 5

    alana ♡

    Murder mystery w/ a side of tax evasion.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Goldie is a have-not who gets to hang out with the haves every summer because her parents work at the elite summer camp in town that caters to the children of the rich and famous. It's left her a bit lost as she has to live in this small town all year while her two best friends from camp go back to their swanky lives. Her senior year though, she takes up with a boy in town and they were in an accident that sent shockwaves through the community. Suddenly the friend group he'd let her in on is gone Goldie is a have-not who gets to hang out with the haves every summer because her parents work at the elite summer camp in town that caters to the children of the rich and famous. It's left her a bit lost as she has to live in this small town all year while her two best friends from camp go back to their swanky lives. Her senior year though, she takes up with a boy in town and they were in an accident that sent shockwaves through the community. Suddenly the friend group he'd let her in on is gone. She hasn't told her camp besties. That brings us to now. She's ready to forget it all and have a good summer with her friends. It's a pivotal time after graduation. People usually go their own ways the following Fall. Her friends don't know she will be repeating a semester. Trouble follows her to camp. Is it a coincidence or is there a conspiracy at play that's far bigger than any of them individually or the accident? I am obsessed with summer camp horror. I will take all I can get. I pre-ordered this on audio because Phoebe Strole is my absolute favorite narrator and, as usual, she was excellent. I couldn't quite give it 5 stars because there were quite a few glaring plot holes to me. For instance, her relationship with others in town that seemed nonexistent sometimes and the fact that no one really knew her 2 best friends. Why wouldn't you tell them you're seeing someone? Some of the legal stuff was silly too. I didn't love the ending. I don't judge a book by its ending but I was a bit disappointed because the book was so good that it was tragic to have a bit of a cheesy ending, plus I guessed the twist and I actively don't try to guess while I'm reading. I don't want to seem like I'm bashing it because it was really good and I highly recommend but I had to point those things out.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Richelle Robinson

    DNF @ 136. The premise of this story sounded really good, but I’m bored and can’t force myself to keep reading. Since I was curious to see why the teenager was murdered I skimmed to the end. It’s a good thing I did because the reason behind the killing was lackluster to say the least.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Nia Dragin

    Originally reviewed on Cyn's Workshop Set in an idyllic summer camp, The Counselors puts together the pieces of a boy’s mysterious murder and how it connects to Goldie and her camp. Unsuspecting Goodman did an excellent job with the pacing of the novel. But, above everything else, the pacing is what steals the show. Goldie’s story begins before the summer, except we’re only given bits and pieces of it over the course of the novel. I loved the flow of the story and how the pacing worked to build up t Originally reviewed on Cyn's Workshop Set in an idyllic summer camp, The Counselors puts together the pieces of a boy’s mysterious murder and how it connects to Goldie and her camp. Unsuspecting Goodman did an excellent job with the pacing of the novel. But, above everything else, the pacing is what steals the show. Goldie’s story begins before the summer, except we’re only given bits and pieces of it over the course of the novel. I loved the flow of the story and how the pacing worked to build up that tension. The past is non-linear, which works well for the story because we do not remember the past linearly when we think about it. That aspect of the story, the way it goes from one event to another, gives the story a sense of realism that draws the reader to the mystery. It asks the question: what does this one event have to do with the other? Goodman worked hard to build up the mystery that ties the relationship together. There is a complicated puzzle going on here and a ton of misdirection. Everything in the story is interconnected, from Goldie to her friends, her friends with the boy she loved, the camp she loves, and the town she grew up in. The steady way the story unfolds, and the pacing captures that tension pulls the reader in. We’re trying to solve this puzzle with her. And with the multiple red herrings in the story, it is impossible to see where the story is going, keeping the reader guessing until the end. Strong Character Dynamics What I also loved was the solid female friendship portrayed in The Counselors. Imogen, Ava, and Goldie are best friends from different sides of the trek. Goldie is often considered a “townie” but not by anyone in her camp; the people in the town remind her she is not one of those rich kids. Ava and Imogen may be the “rich kids,” but they also have their problems, and they never make Goldie feel inadequate. They act spoiled for sure from time to time and are not always self-aware, as Goldie points out, but they never forget their friendship bonds. These are girls who live with their hearts and ego, and while it showcases the privilege these characters have, it does not take away from their goodness. It is empowering to see girls form strong friendships, to see that even though they have their secrets, they do not let those secrets come between them; they do not let boys or other nonsense come between them. Sure, they forget from time to time, too ashamed to let their closest friends see the things that have hurt them. But that makes them human and more relatable to the reader and solidifies this idea that women should stand by one another, not shame one another. Final Thoughts Overall, The Counselors is a good thriller. It keeps the reader on edge with good use of misdirection and focuses on developing strong character dynamics. See more reviews at Cyn's Workshop and follow me on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Spotify Podcast | YouTube | BookBub | Goodreads+ | LinkedIn

  14. 5 out of 5

    Drew's ambitious reading

    The counselors by Jessica Goodman is a ya thriller and it's her newest book that came out today! May 31, 2022! So happy book birthday to this amazing thriller. So I didn't know anything about this book and when I started to physical reading it I really enjoyed it, I haven't phsically read anything in a while. Minus graphic novel. So to sum it up I really enjoyed it! This follows our main character name goldie and she is involved in this summer camp that is near ur place and she has been going The counselors by Jessica Goodman is a ya thriller and it's her newest book that came out today! May 31, 2022! So happy book birthday to this amazing thriller. So I didn't know anything about this book and when I started to physical reading it I really enjoyed it, I haven't phsically read anything in a while. Minus graphic novel. So to sum it up I really enjoyed it! This follows our main character name goldie and she is involved in this summer camp that is near ur place and she has been going to this camp since she was a kid! And now it's her turn to become a counselor! Until the day before she starts her job up she finds out her ex boyfriend is dead in lake and they have to figure out who and what and how he died.... That's all I'll say about that but when I was reading I kept turning the pages over and over to make sure I was reading the twist right because I didn't see that twist coming! Also the friendship dynamic in here was amazing every time Goldie and ava and imogen was on the page I couldn't stop laughing or smiling! This was my first book I've read from Jessica Goodman and I'll totally check out their other two books since I loved this one so much! Five out five stars!(:

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shannon

    A YA murder mystery that will make you nostalgic for summer camp!! I couldn't resist this standout cover even though YA thrillers aren't usually my thing. This story was fairly entertaining but I did find myself wishing it would wrap up more quickly than it actually did. Recommended for fans of books like That weekend by Kara Thomas. A YA murder mystery that will make you nostalgic for summer camp!! I couldn't resist this standout cover even though YA thrillers aren't usually my thing. This story was fairly entertaining but I did find myself wishing it would wrap up more quickly than it actually did. Recommended for fans of books like That weekend by Kara Thomas.

  16. 4 out of 5

    kendall ʚĭɞ

    the queen of ya thriller has done it again! jessica goodman delivered a beautiful tale of friendship, grief, and the secrets we keep to keep others safe. we follow goldie throughout this story as it shifts between past memories to recent day. we see the build of her relationship with heller, and also the downfall. the friendships are so pure in this book. the girls would do anything for each other, and i loved getting to know them. the vivid imageries of summer camp made me so happy, and nostalg the queen of ya thriller has done it again! jessica goodman delivered a beautiful tale of friendship, grief, and the secrets we keep to keep others safe. we follow goldie throughout this story as it shifts between past memories to recent day. we see the build of her relationship with heller, and also the downfall. the friendships are so pure in this book. the girls would do anything for each other, and i loved getting to know them. the vivid imageries of summer camp made me so happy, and nostalgic. i love love love reading books about summer camp and this hit every bit. it felt like i was right there inside camp alpine lake. i did figure out one of twist, and had a feeling the second one was coming but it was still a very good twist that i enjoyed. i really enjoyed this book, i think goodman is a fantastic writer and i’m always excited for her books! -- i was given an earc of this book in exchange for an honest review. all thoughts are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kira

    Predictable, but entertaining! Love the summer camp setting and the girls. Another solid YA thriller from Jessica Goodman.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Joce (squibblesreads)

    3.5 stars

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    I was expecting a little more of a thriller from this book and the description, but it wasn’t a bad story about friendship. There was a person who died and a mystery around that but that was it. I think especially from thrillers at summer camp I expect a little more thrill. I did really like the friendship between the main character Goldie and her two best friends from camp despite the fact that they come from families with tons of money and Goldie is from the small town the camp is in and only I was expecting a little more of a thriller from this book and the description, but it wasn’t a bad story about friendship. There was a person who died and a mystery around that but that was it. I think especially from thrillers at summer camp I expect a little more thrill. I did really like the friendship between the main character Goldie and her two best friends from camp despite the fact that they come from families with tons of money and Goldie is from the small town the camp is in and only gets to attend because her parents work there. She and her friends are now counselors and ready for the summer, Goldie especially because something didn’t go right over her last year and for the first time she’s keeping secrets from her friends. When a boy is found dead near to camp Goldie has to wonder if something happened to him or if it really was an accident.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Nicole Wuthering Vines

    This was a fast paced YA thriller that kept me intrigued and rapidly turning the pages! I really enjoyed the first person narrative that jumped between duel timelines of “then” and “now” and I was invested in the complex characters and Goldie most specifically! It was incredibly atmospheric with a fun summer camp setting and a compelling mystery, making it the perfect summer read! If you’ve ever been to summer camp and looking for some nostalgia, this one’s for you!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gwendolyn Kensinger

    Rating & review coming soon

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samantha (bookstasamm)

    3.5 stars 𝙏𝙝𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙨, 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙖𝙢𝙥, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙖 𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙖𝙠𝙚. Even though I never went, I love thrillers set at summer camps. I think it’s the Friday the 13th movies lover in me! So I was really excited to read this YA thriller set at Camp Alpine Lake in Vermont. Goldie and her friends have been coming to Camp Alpine Lake since they were kids, and now they are counselors there. Best friends for life, Goldie was excited to see Ava and Imogen again. When 3.5 stars 𝙏𝙝𝙧𝙚𝙚 𝙗𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙛𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙣𝙙𝙨, 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙩𝙚 𝙨𝙪𝙢𝙢𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙖𝙢𝙥, 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙨𝙚𝙘𝙧𝙚𝙩𝙨 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙖 𝙗𝙤𝙙𝙮 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙡𝙖𝙠𝙚. Even though I never went, I love thrillers set at summer camps. I think it’s the Friday the 13th movies lover in me! So I was really excited to read this YA thriller set at Camp Alpine Lake in Vermont. Goldie and her friends have been coming to Camp Alpine Lake since they were kids, and now they are counselors there. Best friends for life, Goldie was excited to see Ava and Imogen again. When Goldie’s ex-boyfriend is found dead in the lake, she will do anything to figure out what happened to him, even if that implicates one of her friends. This was a fun YA mystery, and the perfect summer read. I think anyone who went to summer camp would feel nostalgia reading this story. I did think that Goldie made some bad choices, but at 18 I guess that’s expected. What I couldn’t understand was why she cared so much for Heller, her ex, after what he did to her. I’m not sure I’d go to the extremes she did to find out what happened to him. A bit of a slow burn, the book does pick up in the second half when things start to come together. I was able to figure out whodunit, but I still enjoyed the story. I look forward to reading more of Goodman’s YA thrillers. I listened to the audiobook and thought Phoebe Strole was the perfect narrator for this story. Thank you Penguin Random House Audio for an ALC in exchange for my honest review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Laura Peden

    3.5/5 decent mystery but a bit slow

  24. 4 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ saoudia! ˎˊ˗

    3.5 this was a fast read and enjoyable to an extent. i figured out part of the "big twist" but it was still fun to see my theories play out. i really didnt enjoy goldie. she is fun and all? but so stupid and naive!!!! maybe it's because she was 18 and all but ugh i couldnt help but sigh at the choices she had made in the past. still, this was a fun read and i loved the friendship between goldie, imogen, and ava. 3.5 this was a fast read and enjoyable to an extent. i figured out part of the "big twist" but it was still fun to see my theories play out. i really didnt enjoy goldie. she is fun and all? but so stupid and naive!!!! maybe it's because she was 18 and all but ugh i couldnt help but sigh at the choices she had made in the past. still, this was a fun read and i loved the friendship between goldie, imogen, and ava.

  25. 4 out of 5

    RC Books

    For the most part, I felt it to be slow-paced, and I had to push myself to finish it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Marisha Lunde (MarishaReadsALot)

    Thank you to BookishFirst, Penguin Teen, and Jessica Goodman for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review. I own both of her previous books but The Counselors is the first I've actually read, and I've definitely been sleeping on her for too long! Based on the cover and synopsis, I was thinking this would have more of a 90's slasher at sleepaway camp kind of vibe (i.e. Friday the 13th) but I wouldn't say it was quite that dark. Thankfully, though, the pacing is excellent and the story is s Thank you to BookishFirst, Penguin Teen, and Jessica Goodman for the gifted copy in exchange for my honest review. I own both of her previous books but The Counselors is the first I've actually read, and I've definitely been sleeping on her for too long! Based on the cover and synopsis, I was thinking this would have more of a 90's slasher at sleepaway camp kind of vibe (i.e. Friday the 13th) but I wouldn't say it was quite that dark. Thankfully, though, the pacing is excellent and the story is so well-written I honestly didn't feel let down by the fact that it was not very "slasher-y." I genuinely could not put this down until I figured out what all the characters' dirty little secrets were. I previously mentioned Goodman did such a good job with pacing but it definitely bears repeating. I was hooked from the very beginning and she didn't let her foot off the gas until the very end.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Sherman

    I think I may need to give up on trying to like Jessica Goodman's books. This is my third one and while it wasn't the worst, it felt so very basic and paint by numbers that I found it difficult to get really invested. The characters never feel 3-dimensional. The storyline is never overly interesting. The mystery isn't particularly compelling. The back and forth between present day and the past never really leads to anything, it's just used as a device to make you feel bad for the main character, s I think I may need to give up on trying to like Jessica Goodman's books. This is my third one and while it wasn't the worst, it felt so very basic and paint by numbers that I found it difficult to get really invested. The characters never feel 3-dimensional. The storyline is never overly interesting. The mystery isn't particularly compelling. The back and forth between present day and the past never really leads to anything, it's just used as a device to make you feel bad for the main character, sort of? It's just middling overall. Easy enough to read (though, I confess I was skimming the last chapter or so), but I can't offer a hearty recommendation.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Steph

    This was a fun YA Mystery that would make a great beach read. Set in a summer camp, it brings some atmospheric and nostalgic summery vibes with a side of death and drama! There were some interesting discussions on friendships and class, but they felt a tad too surface level for me and left me wanting more depth. I had a hard time relating to the MC and her choices and reasoning but at 18 we all make some questionable choices 😂 I didn’t completely buy the seriousness of Goldie and Heller’s relati This was a fun YA Mystery that would make a great beach read. Set in a summer camp, it brings some atmospheric and nostalgic summery vibes with a side of death and drama! There were some interesting discussions on friendships and class, but they felt a tad too surface level for me and left me wanting more depth. I had a hard time relating to the MC and her choices and reasoning but at 18 we all make some questionable choices 😂 I didn’t completely buy the seriousness of Goldie and Heller’s relationship after only 6 weeks. The pacing of the first half was a bit slow, but things do pick up quickly in the second half and I finished it in a few hours needing to know how it would wrap up. The mystery was interesting and twisty, but the reasoning behind it was a bit perplexing and I got some major Scooby Doo vibes with how the full story came out in the end. If you’re looking for a nostalgic summery mystery and friendship story, this is an easy and light read that is entertaining if you don’t mind suspending belief and overlooking a few details. I split this on audio and physical copy and the narrator did a fantastic job bringing the characters to life. 3.5/5 ⭐️

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The beginning was strong and bonded me to Goldie and her best friends at camp. Once the mystery began the story stalled for a good portion which is when my interest began to wane. The aftermath of a character hitting a pedestrian while driving was inaccurately portrayed, especially since it was in the middle of the night during a snowstorm when the pedestrian was drunk. I was hit by a car on a sunny day and heard horror stories from my lawyer regarding other pedestrians being at fault and never The beginning was strong and bonded me to Goldie and her best friends at camp. Once the mystery began the story stalled for a good portion which is when my interest began to wane. The aftermath of a character hitting a pedestrian while driving was inaccurately portrayed, especially since it was in the middle of the night during a snowstorm when the pedestrian was drunk. I was hit by a car on a sunny day and heard horror stories from my lawyer regarding other pedestrians being at fault and never the driver, so this also bumped down my interest. I loved the bond between Goldie and her friends which I felt was the highlight. The mystery aspect was definitely lacking due to Goldie not really solving anything and only jumping to conclusions. I wish the story had focused more on the camp atmosphere as Goldie and her friends were counselors instead of only highlighting conversations between the girls in between activities and when they go into town to party. The mystery was also pushed back to focus on the drama between Goldie and her friends which was another thing I wish were different. Thank you, Edelweiss for an ARC.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stacy40pages

    The Counselors by Jessica Goodman. Thanks to @razorbillbooks and @bookishfirst for the gifted copy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ After a horrible incident that turns her school against her, Goldie is looking forward to her summer as a counselor at Camp Alpine Lake with her two best friends. No one at camp should know what happened to Goldie, but the summer doesn’t go as planned. If you’re into YA thrillers, this was a pretty good one! I loved the camp setting. It makes for a great summer read. I wasn’t really surpris The Counselors by Jessica Goodman. Thanks to @razorbillbooks and @bookishfirst for the gifted copy ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ After a horrible incident that turns her school against her, Goldie is looking forward to her summer as a counselor at Camp Alpine Lake with her two best friends. No one at camp should know what happened to Goldie, but the summer doesn’t go as planned. If you’re into YA thrillers, this was a pretty good one! I loved the camp setting. It makes for a great summer read. I wasn’t really surprised by anything that happened, but that’s not usually the point for me with young adult. I liked the backstory and plot but the setting is really what made the book for me! “Before this summer, Camp Alpine Lake was a haven. An escape from what I could not face back home in Roxwood, only a few miles outside the gate. But now, Camp Alpine Lake is another place where I’ll never feel safe.” The Counselors comes out 5/31.

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