April knows that if she could just drop a little weight, she would be popular like she's always wanted. She's saved up for months to afford Wellness Canyon, which is more like a posh spa than a sleepaway camp. While April can't wa...more
What I didn't like: I felt like I was reading the YA fat camp version of The Price is Right. Paley uses over 140 brand references in a 259-page book. I...more
I learned that your mom's so fat she sends you cookies at fat camp. HA HA. Fat people! They're so stupid!
I learned apparently my track pants from Target are not the hot brand.
I learned the only reason anyone could be happy with their weight is to spite someone.
I learned there is a shameful lack of kissing and making out and sexual experimentation even with kids in the wilderness together for weeks on end.
I learned if you're...more
I'm not so big on the message of this one, either. The character who was completely okay with her weight ends up losing some and being happy about it. So much for what I thought was going to be a strong character role model!
There are also far too many references to characters only becoming "pretty" or otherwise attractive once they st...more
One of things that really,truly pissed me off was all the brand name dropp...more
Well, this book helped me see the difference while still offering a...more
Some spoilers in what follows, but they should all be below the fold.
Let's put this in bullet points, because it isn't worth in-depth commentary:
-Unlikeable (and often completely idiotic) characters
-Utterly one-dimensional characters
-Dropped plotlines: what happened with April's mother? What happens when they leave camp? All research - not that there's much of it - suggests that weight-loss camps DON'T WO...more
Long review to come.
I absolutely hated the message of the novel. We start out with two characters both attending this Wellness Retreat in order to lose weight. April, having grown up on a packaged and f...more
Wealthy Wil's parents are fitness freaks and gym owners who so want their overweight daughter to lose weight they send her to Wellness Canyon ( a weight loss camp for teens) against her will for the whole summer. There she shares a room with April who has scraped together money for over a year to come to camp to lose her extra weight in the hopes of joining the popular crowd at school. The two could not be more different. Negative Wil is convinced her parents don't love and...more
Upon opening the book, two very one-dimensional characters greet me: Wil — a rich teen that is forced to go to camp by her parents and April — a poor, fat teen that has saved all her money to go away to camp with no support from her...more
April has been saving all year to afford to come to Wellness Canyon Summer Camp (aka Fat Camp), whereas Will's parents are rich, skinny, beautiful and run their own chain of fitness gyms. They have tried almost everything else to help Will lose weight and this seems like their last resort.
Though Will is happy as she is, and is determined to be the first person to actually put on weight at fat camp!
April and Will end up as room mates, which th...more
The only reason I read this book was because here was a picture of a big triple decker s'm...more
I really liked the plot of Huge, it was light and easy-going and didn't take on a very serious tone. It was a really fun novel to read and I really enjoyed sharing in the antics of Wil and April. My only complaint is that it was slightly slow-going at the beginning but it soon became a really interesting book and I fond myself sucked into reading it non-stop wanting to know what happe...more
Unlike the series, the book presents its story through the point of view of two characters: Wilhemina "Wil" Hopkins and April Adams, who are roommates at Wellness Canyon, an expensive, spa-like fat camp. Although Willamena Rader (p...more
HUGE deals with a topic that is apparently in the media more and more these days (though I myself haven't seen it much): fat camp.
Wellness Canyon is a high-end fat camp where two very different girls, April and Wil, are paired as roommates. April has saved all year for this, despite a lack of support from her mom. She wants to lose some weight and gain the popularity she's always wanted. Wil wants to be anywhere but Wellness Canyon. Her wealthy par...more
Even though he is a minor character, my favorite character was Dave. He seemed like such a sweet guy, but I thought he w...more
Huge by Sasha Paley
Realistic Teen Fiction
This book is written in 2 different point of views, Wil and April. When these two girls walk into their cabin and see how totally different they are from each other, there is instant chaos. Wil is a spoiled rotten child who likes to make her parents mad. She loves music and never sees the beauty of anything. Her parents own a big chain of fitness centers. They sent her to fat camp so that no embarrassing stories hit the media about thei...more