Disclaimer: I attempted to add this to my library on Kobo, but Kobo claims it's added it and yet I cannot view it in the library or download it for crap. Smashwords would only show me a few sentences at a time trying to read it online. I ended up reading it via Scribd.
This novella came out for the following reason: "This project began because I have a rule: I’m not allowed to complain about the same thing twice. If I do, I have to either shut up, or do some- thing about it. This was my way of doing something about the lack of holiday fiction that featured Hanukkah." All right! Let's go with it!
Jeremy and Genevieve are summer camp counselors at Camp Meira, and romance has been quietly budding between them for quite some time. Then there was a bit of a derailment when Jeremy left camp early to go to mortuary school (family business), and Gen later took off for a fellowship in Iceland. So it's been awhile since they've been at camp together again. And there's a bit of awkwardness going on because Gen's parents died in a car crash a couple of years ago and Jeremy's family business was the one that took care of things--Jeremy figures that the whole idea of a mortuary might very well wig Gen out after that. Now they're reuniting at a special Winter Camp event during Hanukkah, which they figure out is because the camp is about to go under. They get the idea to make camp awesome with a color war.
I would like to point out that this book starts out with discussion of this: “A moment of silence for the shit-sucker, if you please.” Followed by other lines such as “You must aid me in pursuit of the shit-sucker’s Jiffy sign!” “The Jiffy Latrine shall be mine! It will be epic!” “You dare attack the latrine pirate? You shall pay!” Jeremy is freaking hilarious, though Gen isn't a slouch herself.
“This is going to be great, Gen. Instead of sneaking out with bug spray, we can stay in and plot world domination.”
I was expecting some ah, jokes to come from the fact that Gen picked a room to sleep in based on its warmth rather than its containing a bed, and that the first sleeping bag she finds reeks of pot...but no, it doesn't quite go there, even though at one point they're warned not to!
Gen does seem somewhat wigged out at times by Jeremy's job--especially his thesis topic--but overall it seems like she's adjusted a bit to her parents' deaths, gotten more used to it, something. His job is not driving her off of her interest in Jeremy in the way that he thought it might. And his telling her about his experience of sitting up with her parents was interesting and not exactly something I expected to see in a romance. She even has some snark about it after he mentions doing a stint as a bouncer: “It’s your destiny. One way or an- other, you’re showing people the door.”
In short, it's a snarky, sweet little romance. I may have missed some things here and there because I never went to summer camp, but I suspect those who have gone will especially love it. If anything's not 100% to love for me, there's not a whole lot of conflict/plot here beyond "maybe she'll be freaked out by my job because her parents are dead." I dunno, that was a bit weak for me when they've previously had years of building chemistry to go on and I found it pretty hard to believe that might trump this romance. But then again, it's a novella, they're short, and maybe I should just relax.
So, three and a half stars. I enjoyed it. Happy Hanukkah, y'all.