Our favorite camp counselors are back! As the Wet Hot American Summer characters return to Camp Firewood for a ten-year reunion, we can’t help but wonder what reading material they packed for those long 1991 internet-less nights. While they were catching up, we snuck into their cabins and riffled through their suitcases. Here’s what they’re reading.
Katie - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
When we last left Katie, she was swooning over her cheating ex-boyfriend Andy and breaking it off with sweet, lovable Coop. And while she swears love triangles are so ten years ago, Katie can’t resist a juicy romance novel nestled within the confines of an 850-page tome on 1743 war torn Scotland. It promises to be the book of the summer there’s no way Katie’s getting left behind. As long as she reads 100 pages a night, she’ll remain fully distracted. It’s a foolproof plan.
Lindsay - The Firm by John Grisham
We’re pleasantly surprised that Lindsay made it to the reunion this year – especially considering she was undercover during her summer as a camp counselor, armed with a Master’s Degree from the Columbia School of Journalism. As she deliberates over whether she should come clean to her camp BFFs, Lindsay plans on reading The Firm by John Grisham. Her own worries feel delightfully small when juxtaposed with the dangerous and suspenseful life Mitch McDeere is living as an attorney at Bendini, Lambert, and Locke. But she’ll be hiding The Firm at the very bottom of her suitcase – at least for now. She can’t risk her friends catching her reading. It’ll blow her whole cover.
Victor - American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis
As we gather around the bonfire at the end of the night share stories and reminisce, Victor’s prank calls are sure to come up. They all started innocently. “Is your refrigerator running?” “This is the health inspector calling.” That sort of thing. But he always took things too far – past humor into something dangerous. Victor brought American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis on this trip and all we have to say is…let’s make sure someone has eyes on him at all times.
Gene - Needful Things by Stephen King
He’s not a former camp counselor, but mess hall cook Gene is a Camp Firewood institution and we’re excited to see what he’s reading between massive amounts of food prep. Gene is always talking about a haunted can of vegetables, so it’s no surprise that he’s a fan of horror and suspense. Intent on devouring the entire Stephen King canon (never mind the nightmares), Gene is making his way through Needful Things – a novel that centers on a shop owner who seems to have the perfect item for every customer who walks through the door. Gene likes to think that his cooking satisfies the same complexities – that he’s figured out camp food with a mass appeal. We don’t want to break his heart by spoiling what happens next, but Gene: don’t stay up too late. Those vegetables aren’t going to un-can themselves.
Andy – If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
It’s no secret Andy is Camp Firewood’s most datable. He’s gorgeous, he’s good at knocking things over defiantly, he’s beautiful. Did we mention how handsome he is? Unfortunately, reading has never really been Andy’s thing. But this summer he’s giving it a shot. After all, he’s kind of lost track of which women are still speaking to him. He packed If You Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond to pass the time on potentially lonely nights. But this lit pick serves a dual purpose: chicks really dig art.