With Book 3, I begin the part of the story that has always given me problems—not with the story itself, but with the title. Believe it or not, I was never very happy with the title “Summer Camp,” and once you start reading Book 3, you’ll understand why.
For those of you who read the story solely for the nudist camp and its denizens, I’m sorry—very little of Book 3 takes place at The Pines. I hope you enjoy the continuation of the story, but you won’t read about camp life. Don’t say I didn’t warn you, though. The title notwithstanding, this has always been a coming-of-age story about Paul, and his focus is now college.
For everyone else—and I think you’re the majority—I hope you enjoy how Paul, Gina, and Kendall grow and change in college. They have many challenges ahead of them, but remember, they’re only human. You’ll have to read to find out what happens, of course, but you knew I was going to say that.
Thank you for reading.
May 3, 2004