[Review] Breakfast Served Anytime - Sarah Combs

Title of Book: Breakfast Served Anytime
Author: Sarah Combs
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Publication Year: 2014
Language: English
Format: Hardback
Pages: 272

When Gloria sets out to spend the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted and talented students, she doesn’t know quite what to expect. Fresh from the heartache of losing her grandmother and missing her best friend, Gloria resolves to make the best of her new circumstances. But some things are proving to be more challenging than she expected. Like the series of mysterious clues left by a certain Professor X before he even shows up to teach his class, Secrets of the Written Word. Or the very sweet, but very conservative, roommate whose coal-industry family champions mountaintop removal. Not to mention the obnoxious Mason, who dresses like the Mad Hatter and immediately gets on Gloria’s nerves — but somehow won’t escape her thoughts.  


Gloria Bishop is going to spend her summer in a geek camp. Although the camp might sound lame, she determined to make the best of it and just enjoy the ride. She got more excited when she received a letter from Professor X, the teacher for Secrets of the Written Word class. The class required her to leave her gadget paraphernalia at home, which is not easy because that meant contacting her best friend would not be as fast as usual. But the class and the geek camp experience proved to be much more than she ever expected. 

If I learned anything at Geek Camp, it’s this: Missing people, and being missed, has an underrated charm all its own.

Breakfast Served Anytime is a coming of age that I did not expect I will love as much as I do. The cover of this book is beautiful that I picked it up without knowing anything about it. Then the title intrigued me. Paired with the cover, I got sort of diner vibe from this book. True enough, some part of this book takes place in a diner who serves breakfast anytime.

Gloria Bishop is your quirky 16 years old, with the mind and wit of a grown up. Whilst unrealistic, her character definitely is a perfect focus in this coming of age story. Add to that, we have Chloe, Calvin, and Mason. These four forms an unlikely friendship that was able to warm my heart at times. Not only that, Gloria also has friends outside of the Secrets of the Written Word class. Her roommate Jessica and a girl who likes to hang out with them, Sonya. What I like about Jessica and Sonya is, at first Gloria had an impression of them as your typical Barbie girl. But they’re not, which teaches her to not judge people by their appearance. 

Another charm of this book is the Secrets of the Written Word class. It’s not your average class. From the clues that need to be solved just so they can meet the professor to the curriculum. It teaches more than your usual textbook stuff. It’s adventurous and challenge the students to explore themselves more. I wish I had a class like that.

All in all, Breakfast Served Anytime is a good coming-of-age story. I did enjoy reading it. It’s heart-warming, quirky, relatable, and nostalgic at the same time. If you’re looking for a nice young adult contemporary read, I recommend picking up this book.

Because that was the plan, right? Go to school as long as humanly possible. Go to school forever and ever and never grow. Peter effing Pan, people.


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