At a summer gifted and talented program, Gloria tries to embrace everything but there are challenges, from her enigmatic professor to the annoying boy who dresses like a mad hatter, to her nice roommate from a coal-industry family. It's a summer of discovery, one you'll relish every moment of.
— Marika McCoola
“Beautifully drawn characters populate this affecting first novel, each of them real enough to be hug-worthy. . . . There is much to be savored in this book for those who want a story about real life and real friendship.” — Booklist
When Gloria sets out to spend the summer before her senior year at “geek camp,” she doesn’t know quite what to expect. She resolves to make the best of her new circumstances, but some things are proving more challenging than she expected. Like the mysterious clues left by a certain Professor X before he even shows up to teach his class. Or the sweet but conservative roommate whose coal-industry family champions mountaintop removal. Not to mention the obnoxious Mason, who immediately gets on Gloria’s nerves — but somehow won’t leave her thoughts. Beautifully told by debut author Sarah Combs, this honest and touching story of growing up is imbued with the serene atmosphere of the Kentucky landscape.
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This debut novel is a gem. It captures and holds the sweet essence of those fiercely intense relationships that often blossom during the enforced intimacy of sharing rooms and assignments. It handles literature, friendship, heartbreak, and joy with equal tenderness. ... This is a beautifully written coming-of-age novel with characters so detailed readers feel that they know them and dialogue so natural, readers feel as though they said it. —VOYA
Gloria’s upbeat attitude, effectively depicted through her often funny, too-quickly-judgmental voice and the ineffable enthusiasm of the campers she encounters, offers a satisfying, thoughtful take on growing up. In a promising debut, Combs crafts a strong, memorable female character and a broad collection of fully fleshed-out secondary players who share a magical summer. —Kirkus Reviews
Beautifully drawn characters populate this affecting first novel, each of them real enough to be hug-worthy. It is a story of friendships more than of young love (though a blushing crush certainly fits in nicely), and when a gay character comes out to her friends, it is handled without gasps or fanfare. There is much to be savored in this book for those who want a story about real life and real friendship. —Booklist
Combs's debut introduces a vivid, self-aware protagonist at a significant juncture in her life. ... Infused with romance and intellectual energy, Combs's story eloquently captures the euphoria and transformation that can arise from an intense period of personal introspection. Gloria's Whitmanesque quest for visceral experience is exciting and inspiring, as is her ability to recognize the significance of quiet moments as they unfold. —Publishers Weekly
Earnest... Ambitious... The author’s palpable affection for her state and the sweet-as-Kentucky-pie passages guarantee that Breakfast Served Anytime will have solid regional appeal. —School Library Journal
Combs’ language has moments of poignancy, illustrating a sensitive understanding of the inner and outer worlds of gifted adolescents and ultimately providing ... readers with a heartening message about leaving a home one loves and moving into the larger world of adulthood. —Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books