Breakfast Served Anytime..
Publisher : Candlewick Press
Publication Date:April 8,2014
Genre:YA Contemporary Drama
A coming-of-age debut evokes the bittersweet joys and pangs of finding independence in one unforgettable summer away at "geek camp."
When Gloria sets out to spend the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted and talented students, she doesn’t know quite what to expect. Fresh from the heartache of losing her grandmother and missing her best friend, Gloria resolves to make the best of her new circumstances.
But some things are proving to be more challenging than she expected. Like the series of mysterious clues left by a certain Professor X before he even shows up to teach his class, Secrets of the Written Word. Or the very sweet, but very conservative, roommate whose coal-industry family champions mountaintop removal. Not to mention the obnoxious Mason, who dresses like the Mad Hatter and immediately gets on Gloria’s nerves — but somehow won’t escape her thoughts.
Breakfast Served Anytime is unlike any novels I read before, and that’s one of things that I loved about this book. New stories, new ideas always fascinated me. When I first started reading this book, I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy this book, especially since it took a bit for me to pick up. It took me by surprise when I ended up loving it. The start was bit slow to me at beginning, too many descriptions that I found myself wanting to skip over. Soon I found myself unable to pull myself from the story, I wanted to see what would happen, how it all would end. Though to me ending didn’t seem complete, a bit rushed. It’s why it only received 4 stars. It’s a good debut and I can’t wait see what she comes up with next.
Gloria & Mason : The two of them had an interesting friendship, if you can call it that. It seemed to me more like Love/ Hate relationship. One minute Gloria liked him and the next she couldn’t stand him, it was like that through most of book. I couldn’t blame her for mixed feelings since Mason could get frustrating at times, he seemed liked getting under her skin. It made me curious, was there a possibility that maybe he liked her, but didn’t want to admit it, so he acted like that. But towards halfway to the book, they started to get more friendly towards one another. I got a feeling that there were more there, more that friendship. The two of them had a bond and attraction, or at least it felt like it to me. An attraction that neither of them accepted. The two of them were so different, them becoming friends came as surprise to me. I am curious if it ever go beyond that. The ending wasn’t clear on that.
Breakfast Served Anytime was more based on friendship, acceptance then romance. It’s one of first Young adult novels I read that had more friendship, acceptance, self-esteem than romance. I think that’s why I liked it, it was easy to feel what Gloria felt, what she gone through. I could tell that Gloria made friends, for years to come. What she had, was a true friendship. I loved how different her friends were, yet they stood by each other side till the end. Now their teacher, X was unlike any teacher I had, if only I had teachers like that in past. It would make classes so much more fun. Weird but fun. I believe he taught them a lot, even if they didn’t believe it.
Breakfast Served Anytime is most realistic book I read this year. It’s beautifully written. It’s one story that you will find yourself thinking about it once you finish. It’s filled with something that everyone deals with: Friendship, acceptance. It’s a great debut. I’m eager to see what journey Combs will take us on next.