“The Grounding of Group 6″ by Julian Thompson

Julian Thompson’s The Grounding of Group 6 was from Chapter 3, Danger Girls of Lizzie Skurnicks Shelf Discovery, part of the Summer of Shelf Discovery reading adventure.

In Group 6, five kids and an adult counselor find themselves on the wrong end of some plans by mean parents and nasty, caricatured by amusing, school teachers. They hide in the woods, live off the land, and amazingly, the 3 girls and 3 guys end up pairing up and getting all hot and bothered. There are several mentions of birth control here, which I appreciated, acknowledging teen hormones but not romanticizing them.

I would have found this book cathartic as a teen, with its persecuted-by-adults theme, but as an actual adult, I found it at times pretty silly. Enjoyable enough, but as a relic, not as an enduring classic.

2 Responses to ““The Grounding of Group 6″ by Julian Thompson”

  1. carolyn Says:

    man that dude on the right is a dead ringer for Patrick Swayze… ;)

  2. girldetective Says:

    Carolyn–yes! I thought that the whole time! And the kid on the left is totally that brown haired guy from minnesota.. (quick Google search turns up what memory can’t).Josh Hartnett