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3.32  ·  Rating Details ·  1,043 Ratings  ·  181 Reviews
April and Wil couldn't be more different, but both of them are spending the summer at Wellness Canyon -- otherwise known as a weight-loss camp.

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

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Jan 21, 2008 Zoe rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2008books
What I liked: Um... I had to think really hard about this. I realized that Paley has some well-written dialogue (like when Wil's mother, musing on a good before picture for a commercial says, "Remember that picture of you on our vacation to Cabo? I've never seen a more miserable human being. It's perfect."), but I couldn't think of anything else.

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
Jun 29, 2010 laaaaames rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: self-loathing types
What I learned from this book is you only get pretty if you lose weight.

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
Aug 10, 2010 jess rated it liked it
Recommended to jess by: the television show by the same name
Shelves: 2010, fiction
I decided to read this because there's a new show on ABC FAMILY about kids at fat camp, starring the girl from Hairspray (the movie version of the musical version of the John Waters movie). I have long been obsessed with John Waters. Consequently, this book is about 4 degrees from anything I'm actually interested in. But I was flying across the country on a non-stop screaming babies flight and this book was enough to distract me and also quick enough that I was finished before we landed in Seatt ...more
Tara Calaby
Feb 19, 2010 Tara Calaby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
This falls into what I call the Gossip Girl school of books - lots of references to brand names, which will render the story completely outdated within a few years.

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
Aug 25, 2015 Anna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I was into book burning (which I am not) I would burn this book at the stake. It is wrong on so many levels I don't want to waste my life time explaining it. I already wasted enough trying to read it inbetween the endless stream of brand name dispersal. Someone else here has counted them.
Aside from being practically unreadable, it also perpetuates every single myth about obesity while framing it in a kind of modern day Lemon Popsicle (it's a 1970s series of Israeli teen films) - Pretty in Pin
Morgan F
If you decided to read this book because you like the TV series on ABC Family, don't. The two have nothing in common besides the title, Wil's name, and the concept of kids at fat camp. These differences don't necessarily mean one is worse than the other. No, there are plenty of more reasons for that. This is one of the few instances that the TV series has actually more plot, heart, and character development than the book.

One of things that really,truly pissed me off was all the brand name dropp
Oct 26, 2011 Anna rated it it was ok
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Mar 21, 2011 Liralen rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, reviewed, z-2011, ya
So many kinds of not impressed. If I could give half stars, this would be a 1.5.

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
Irene Heinrich
Feb 08, 2013 Irene Heinrich rated it it was amazing
Irene H.
Huge by Sasha Paley
Pages: 272
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
Feb 05, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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-k The Lady Critic
Jul 20, 2011 -k The Lady Critic rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Sending your children away to “fat camp” has always intrigued me. I mean, at a regular camp you’re never not busy; there’s always swimming lessons, bike riding, hiking, canoeing, and so many other typical camp activities. Sure, you also have your arts and crafts and other indoor things, but in my experience the counsellors were always making us be outside as much as possible. So exactly what’s the added benefit of a “fat camp”?

Well, this book helped me see the difference while still offering a
Katie Lawrence
Oct 04, 2012 Katie Lawrence rated it really liked it
This book is about two girls who are sent to Wellness Canyon. Wil is sent their because her parents just want her to lose weight and be skinny. Just to spite them Wil is determined to gain weight instead of lose it. April has been saving for two years to go to this camp. She believes that this will change her life. April and Wil end up rooming together and really hate each other. April tries to fit in with some of the more popuar kids and they take advantage of her. One guy at camp, Colin preten ...more
Ellen Cohen
Mar 20, 2013 Ellen Cohen rated it it was amazing
Huge was an outstanding book. I enjoyed reading every page of this book. The best part is that there are so many things to discuss in this book: overweight/obese kids vs. nearly chubbies, rich kids vs. poor kids, cool kids vs. the outcast and parents' selfishness vs. kids' selfishness. I can not say enough about this book being a discussion book. One thing I adored was that every music group, magazine and pop culture items were current, such as the use of iPods, ibooks, 7-11, workout equipment a ...more
Jocelle Gibson
Jul 07, 2016 Jocelle Gibson rated it it was ok
Shelves: re-reads
I used to love this book when I was younger but rereading it now made me realise just how shallow and ungrateful both main characters are. April is mad at her mum for sending a care package of her favourite food? Oh no, her Mum actually cared enough to send her something and its not her fault she sent her daughter what she knows best and that's food. Wil is just a spoilt, rich kid who I wish I could slap. Oh no, her parents pay for her to have multiple personal trainers and then buy her the excu ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rachel rated it did not like it
Shelves: hated, own, ya, 2013, lady-lit
The tagline of this book is "At fat camp, even the drama is...Huge." I honestly picked up this book thinking that tag was meant in a clever way and Paley's was going to be a fat positive approach to weight loss camp; meaning, the ultimate message of this book would be acceptance and love for self at any size. But Huge is so not that and it's kind of sneaky about it, given the teenage audience, and I'm really pretty disgusted by it actually.

Long review to come.
Jun 09, 2010 Natalie rated it it was ok
It started out with a cute premise and some funny scenes but became very predictable and a forced happy ending. It is the story of two girls who go to an elite fat camp: a rich girl who doesn't want to be there and a poor girl who saved all her money and is desperate for acceptance. It was a quick read and had some really funny, typical teen scenes.
Aug 06, 2011 Brittney rated it did not like it
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Advika V.
Nov 28, 2016 Advika V. rated it it was amazing
Wil and April are very different when it comes to caring about appearances. So when they both meet at the same camp things don't hit of so well for the two. But one things for sure they will always be there for each other.
Tavishka A
Nov 07, 2016 Tavishka A rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I thought that it was different and unique.
Bert Zee
Oct 07, 2016 Bert Zee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At fat camp, even the drama is....HUGE!

Haha, this book was hella fun, I was a fan of the short lived and brilliant to adaptation of this book from ABC Family, I remember when watching the show I had no idea it was a book, when I realised it was a YA novel I had to read it... It has its differences but essentially the story is the same, 2 young women head off to Wellness Canyon, Wil is being forced their by her fitness guru parents meanwhile April is excited to finally be able to afford to go and
Tasneem Huq
Jul 09, 2016 Tasneem Huq rated it liked it
In all honesty, I thought a big part of this book revolved not around the weight loss, but the two main character's incredibly petty problems. Like most people, the main characters had both their strengths and weaknesses and, in the start of the book and basically throughout most of it, they hated each other's guts. While everyone in camp's main focus was to lose weight, both the main character's has the extra task of becoming acquainted with one another. That was a difficult task, especially wh ...more
Aug 15, 2014 Hollowspine rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya
This book was an amalgamation of various camp tropes. The crush who kisses two girls just for laughs, the pranks, the field days, the illicit trips to get illegal snacks. If only it were a bit more original and a bit less morally repugnant I might have given it another star. As it is the book only made me feel angry.

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
Sep 27, 2016 Maddy rated it liked it
The book I choose to write a book review for is Huge by Sascha Paley. I enjoyed this book a lot. It's a book I could read more then once. Both April and Wil are spending their summer at wellness canyon. Also known as weight loss camp. April thought of this camp differently than Wil did. April thought of it as becoming popular if she lost a few pounds. She saved up for the camp and was happy to lose weight. On the other hand Wil did not want to go at all and she wanted it to be over before it sta ...more
Oct 15, 2011 Mirkat rated it liked it
I came upon this book in sort of a backward way. First, I found the DVD set of the short-lived (one season) TV series based on the book. I'd never heard of the series OR the book, but I enjoyed the show and became curious about the book, which is listed in the credits.

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
Caroline Saltzman
May 22, 2011 Caroline Saltzman rated it liked it
I thought this book was nice. It was an easy read, but I learned a few lessons from it. This book is about Wil, and April, two girls who are overweight and are sent to "Wellness Canyon" to "get better" or in other words, lose weight. These two are paired up to be roommates, and the main difference between them is that April wants to be there, and Wil doesn't. Wil's parents own a large gym company, and are extremely embarrassed by their daughter. April, comes from a family which is just her mom, ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for

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
Arctic Fox
Jan 07, 2015 Arctic Fox rated it did not like it
Shelves: hate-list
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Emma (BelleBooks)
Huge follows the stories of two girls, Will and April.
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
BAYA Librarian
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 accept her and is tryi ...more
Feb 24, 2011 Christianne rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Draft review for BAYA

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
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Sasha Paley grew up in Chicago, where she spent a lot of time writing in cafés and attempting to flirt with guys from Northwestern. Sasha now lives in New York City, where she still spends a lot of time writing in cafés and working on her flirting skills.
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