Dad Camp: A Novel (Hardcover)

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A heartwarming novel about a loving dad who drags his eleven-year-old daughter to “father-daughter week” at a remote summer camp—their last chance to bond before he loses her to teenage girlhood entirely.

After his daughter, Avery, was born, John gave it all up—hobbies, friends, a dream job—to be something more: a super dad. Since then, he’s spent nearly every waking second with Avery, who’s his absolute best bud. Or, at least, she was.

When now eleven-year-old Avery begins transforming into an eye-rolling zombie of a preteen who dreads spending time with him, a desperate John whisks her away for a weeklong father-daughter retreat to get their relationship back on track before she starts middle school.

But John’s attempts to bond only seem to drive his daughter further away, and his instincts tell him Avery’s hiding something more than just preteen angst. Even worse, the camp is far from the idyllic getaway he had in mind. John finds himself navigating a group of toxic dads that can’t seem to get along, cringe-worthy forced bonding activities, and a camp director that has it out for him. With camp and summer break slipping away fast, John’s determined to conquer it all for a chance to become Avery’s hero again.

This brilliant and deeply funny father-daughter story is perfect for fans of poignant and hilarious books like The Guncle by Steven Rowley, Steve Martin’s family classic Cheaper by the Dozen, and Judd Apatow’s bighearted comedies.

About the Author

Evan S. Porter is a dad to two girls (eight and three), a blogger, and a freelance writer. He runs the parenting blog Dad Fixes Everything and has contributed to Parents Magazine, The Onion News Network, AskMen, The Good Men Project, Upworthy, and more. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, two girls, two dogs, and not much in the way of elbow room. Dad Camp is his first novel.

Praise For…

Praise for Dad Camp
Dad Camp is a frank, funny, and beautifully told story about that very unique and intense love between fathers and daughters, and the exquisite pain that comes from watching your little girl grow up and knowing there’s not a d*mn thing you can do about it.”—Jonathan Tropper, New York Times bestselling author or One Last Thing Before I Go
“A beautifully observed father-daughter story, brimming with wit and warmth. Evan Porter's heartwarming debut is an absolute winner.”—Richard Roper, author of Something to Live For
Dad Camp examines raising preteen children with such a great blend of humor and heartbreak. Evan Porter will make you want to laugh out loud and tear up while reading this heartwarming story of the inevitable distance that appears between parents and their growing children. You’ll want to call your dad after you finish this book.” – Sona Movsesian, New York Times bestselling author of The World’s Worst Assistant

Dad Camp is such a wonderful and hilarious reminder that there is no such thing as a perfect parent, nor should there be!  It is a story that dads AND moms will relate to about parenting and how hard it is and how awesome it is and how hard it is.  Did I say that already?  Evan Porter captured the sacrifice, the gifts, and everything in between in this engaging, laugh-out-loud story that is just as much about being a parent as it is about being a grown-up.  Because sometimes that is hard, too.”
--Hillary Yablon, author of Sylvia’s Second Act
“A first-rate charmer of a book, Dad Camp by Evan S. Porter is a fast, fun, deeply insightful story about the complete, unconditional, and often infuriating love that parents have for their kids. Porter’s affection for his characters is contagious, and his subtle blend of humor and sentimentality make for pure reading pleasure.”—Matthew Norman, author of Charm City Rocks  

Product Details
ISBN: 9780593474402
ISBN-10: 0593474406
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Date: June 11th, 2024
Pages: 368
Language: English