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Reviewed by Kiara Done for Readers' Favorite
Ritch Hanson is having a tough time. His grades are falling, he’s wading through a stifling blanket of grief and depression, and his future is slipping away from him. Everyone who loves him can see he needs help. The question is: what is the best way to help him? His mother eventually drags him to see a psychiatrist, who decides to try to find a way for Ritch to help heal himself. He suggests sending Ritch to summer camp to act as a counsellor. Since the alternatives are not terribly appealing, the young man agrees to go. But his overwhelming grief follows him, threatening to drag him back into darkness every time he sees a glimmer of light. Can Ritch Hanson struggle his way to a brighter, better future, or is he doomed to live in the shadows of his former life? Will his journey help him to find himself and truly live again? Ben A. Sharpton’s Camp Fear is heart-warming.
I personally enjoyed Camp Fear because I found it insightful and inspiring. Ben A. Sharpton’s characters were likeable and believable. People who have suffered from depression and grief will identify with Ritch, and those that haven’t might gain insight from this character’s journey. Either way, this is a true coming-of-age story in the most original sense of the phrase. It was well-written and enjoyable, and definitely worth reading. If you enjoy a good adventure story with a little meaning packed into it, give Ben A. Sharpton’s Camp Fear a read!