Camp Carnage was initially a book that I bought when I was in this “slasher” book mode (but let’s face it, I am ALWAYS in that mode!) I buddy-read this with a friend and we both seemed to enjoy it. It was like I was reading an 80’s movie set at summer camp. The main difference with this camp: it is a gay-conversion camp! So the stress and hormones are all already a little bit higher than just your average summer camp.
What I enjoyed most were the death scenes because they were so reminiscent of how great, cheesy, and sudden they can be in some of the 80’s slasher films like Friday the 13th, The Burning, and Slumber Party Massacre.
This book was interesting to me because I was always afraid I would be sent to a camp like this if my parents or family ever knew the truth about me when I was young enough to still be under their parental and legal control. I can’t imagine what these kids must go through, but in this book they seem to take it all in stride.
This book did a great job at making me feel like I was at a camp – and I know that because I have never actually been to one and while reading ALL I could think about was how cool it would be to spend a summer at camp (minus the gay-bashing and converting at this one…) So if you can make me long and crave for something I never had or got to experience, you are doing something right by me!
4 out of 5 stars for this one!