P.S. I Hate It Here! by Diane Falanga Book Review

P.S. I Hate It Here!  Kids’ Letters from Camp

Just in time for camp season, a new hilarious book by Diane Falanga will not only bring back your childhood camp memories but ease your anxieties while your child is away. 

P.S. I Hate it Here: Kids Letters from Camp is comprised of more than 150 actual letters written from kids away at camp covering all the imaginable scenarios of sleep-away camp including loving camp, hating camp, ailments to much, much more.  The author came up with the idea for the book after receiving a homesick letter from her eight-year-old daughter who was away from camp. At first worried, Diane soon began sharing this letter with friends and family, who in turn, began sharing their humorous letters from their kids.

We found that this book is great for moms and dads alike.  Our husbands even sat down to read the letters and found themselves laughing out loud.  One of the dads’ favorite letters included: 

Dear Mom & Dad, Grant has his own gun. It is a black 22. cal semi automatic rifle. I got to try it first period. To break the gun in, we just took turns blasting it at targets. I have decided that I don’t want a ping-pong table. I really want to get a 22. cal semi automatic black rifle.

P.S. I Hate it Here: Kids Letters from Camp is an easy read, makes a great coffee table book, and is great for the busy mom to pick up and read just a couple letters when all you have are a free couple of minutes.   This collection of letters really captures every imaginable scenario at camp.  We laughed at the requests from kids, the funny ailments, and even the letters begging to be picked up.  The letters are sweet, witty and just downright hilarious. 

The letters are grouped into sections titled:

  • Just to Let You Know
  • Camp Ailments
  • What I Really Need…
  • Guess What?
  • Get Me Outta Here!!!
  • I Like Camp a Lot!
  • This Is My Supper Letter
  • P.S.  Thank You

Here are some examples of our favorites in the book:

  • Dear Dad, STOP telling me about all the good tings you guys are doing!  Like the boat going to their house for dinner or the first block party!  You made me very angry!  Love, Your mad daughter
  • Dear Mom & Dad, I haven’t unpacked my stuff yet, I refuse to.  I am hysterically crying!  I hate my life right now!  I haven’t been able to eat anything (no joking) for breakfast, lunch or dinner since I got here.  I think it is because I am depressed.  I already tried to run away but they caught me.  I just really want to come home!  Love, your unhappy daughter Elizabeth
  • Dear Family, Camp is so much fun!!  I got ur package the day after I sent the letter.  I love you people so much!  Love, Meredith
  • I’m still alive!!!  Love, Stanton

We highly recommend P.S. I Hate it Here: Kids Letters from Camp to anyone who’s gone to camp, sending a child to camp, or just wants to laugh!

Buy P.S. I Hate it Here: Kids Letters from Amazon.com

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Baby Gizmo founder Hollie Schultz is the proud mom of three adorable kids. This certified CPS (Child Passenger Safety) Tech and baby gear expert is the host of the Baby Gizmo video reviews giving moms the inside look at baby products before they purchase them. Hollie is also the co-author of The Baby Gizmo Buying Guide. A former resident of Los Angeles, she and her family now live in North Carolina where she is having a blast designing and decorating her new home.

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diane falanga

Hi – thanks for this wonderful review of my new book, P.S. I Hate it Here Kids’ Letters From Camp! If you’d like, I’d be more than happy to send you a book that you could offer to one of your readers as part of a giveaway contest. Just let me know. Tks again and happy camping! Diane