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3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  842 ratings  ·  155 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

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Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 22nd 2007 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Zoe
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...more
laaaaames
Jun 29, 2010 laaaaames rated it 1 of 5 stars
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...more
jess
Aug 10, 2010 jess rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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...more
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...more
Samantha
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Ellen Cohen
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
-k The Lady Critic
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...more
Anna
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Liralen
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:
-Unrealistic
-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
Katie Lawrence
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
HomeschoolGirl
Okay. So. This book was pretty much one-dimensional. I mean, really, really flat. Really, really transparent. Really, really predictable. Also, the word skinny was pretty much synonymous with the word pretty. The characters had no real, meaningful development. Personalities changed at the drop of a coin. Dreamboat Colin went from sharing personal, plot-driving details of his life with Wil to calling her "pork chop." Their revenge was fairly immature. And this book, yeah, I couldn't really relate...more
rachel
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.
Nancy
Aug 03, 2014 Nancy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I read this book when it was first published and liked it only so-so; I like the idea of a ya novel that explores the experiences of kids at a fat camp, but I wasn't 100% crazy about how the characters progressed (and that's ok; I'm not the target dem and respect the author's choices). Then the book was made into a tv show which I thought was WONDERFUL!!!! Everything that I disliked in the book was changed in the tv show; the storylines, character development, and acting were all superlative. Tr...more
Brittney
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Natalie
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.
Hollowspine
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...more
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
Christianne
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...more
Kristen
Fatties at camp — while not a new idea, an interesting one all the same. Sasha Paley’s “Huge” first caught my attention with the great cover art and title — I mean, come on, a huge so-more and “Welcome to fat camp” makes it a definite must read for fatties everywhere.

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
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...more
Isabela Caetano
DON'T EVER READ THIS BOOK!!!! It is terrible!!!! The book is basically about two girls Wil and April. They are both overweight and go to a wellness camp for the summer. April is committed to losing weight, but she has a huge secret stash of Godiva. Wil hates he camp and is focusing on GAINING weight. Then, they both meet a boy and they both like him, Colin. And of course they start a huge conflict over him.

The only reason I read this book was because here was a picture of a big triple decker s'm...more
Caroline Saltzman
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
Rebecca
I really enjoyed reading Huge. It was a light and sometimes funny read. I found it to be thoroughly enteratining.

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
10-11 Jenna
How I found out about this book or actually the tv show was one night at my house my sister was in our game room watching tv and so I asked her what she was watching and she said "'Huge' on 'ABC Family'" and so I sat down and watched a episode with her and I hadn't seen any of the others and realized what a good show it was so I asked my dad if we could go to Barnes and Noble to look at book ideas for me for Christmas and I saw that book and I told him about it and so on Christmas day I opened t...more
Mirkat
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...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jocelyn Pearce for TeensReadToo.com

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
Elizabeth *Swords for Fighting*
I started to read Huge for I Heart Monster's Read Along a few weeks ago. I was happy to discover that Huge was a fun and easy read. The characters were interesting, and I was surprised that I ended up actually liking both April and Wil even though April is a much more likable character most of the time. It was nice to see April and Wil grow as characters as the book progressed.

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
Abby Johnson
Malibu princess-turned-punk Wil and overeager lower-class April have absolutely nothing in common... except that they are both overweight and spending the summer at Wellness Canyon, a weight-loss camp for children of the rich and skinny. Wil's been forced to come and is determined that she'll actually gain weight just to spite her gym-owner parents. April has always wanted to be part of the "in" crowd and has been saving for over a year to come here because she knows if she's skinny and beautifu...more
Irene Heinrich
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...more
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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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