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Camp! Freedom, first kisses, summer fun...but not at Camp Calliope, a prison camp for the overweight. That's where Cam Phillips' parents have shipped her off to eat controlled portions, endure rigorous exercise, and sleep in a bunk full of girls who'd rather exchange recipes than ghost stories and gossip. Except for one cool girl from Texas, Faith Masters-who's normal enou ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 6th 2006 by NAL Trade (first published January 1st 2005)
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Rebecca McNutt
This book wasn't bad, a little weird, but overall Fat Camp was a really original and creative book.
Sarah
Apr 17, 2011 Sarah added it
In Deborah Blumenthal’s “Fat Camp” tells about all the drama’s that go down between teens. Camp Calliope was a camp where most likely parents would send their overweight children to. Well one day, one parent decided to send their daughter, Cam, to this camp to control her weight, exercise, and the amount of food that enters into her body. Well Cam didn’t want to go to this camp.
When Cam got to the camp she was nervous and scared because she wasn’t really good at making friends. As she got ther
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kb
Sep 03, 2011 kb rated it liked it
There couldn't have been anything else fitter for what I needed to read that very day of September 1. I was mulling about how it has been almost two years since I truly cared about how much I weighed and what I ate, and this book reminded me that I should be happy with what I have achieved so far, be it closer or still far from my goals. It also didn't hurt that this was YA novel (of course), which includes a lot of things I still am going through, such as societal, peers and even familial expec ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Me for TeensReadToo.com

For many teens, going off to summer camp is something of an adventure. There are new friends to be made, new experiences to try out, exciting adventures that await. For others, camp doesn't sound like such fun. And for a smaller, more rare group, summer camp is the equivalent to prison--especially for someone like Cam Phillips. She's being sent off for the summer to Camp Calliope, which is, for all intents and purposes, a fat camp. Her mother wants Cam to stop
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Sarah
Mar 17, 2011 Sarah added it
In Deborah Blumenthal’s “Fat Camp” tells about all the drama’s that go down between teens. Camp Calliope was a camp where most likely parents would send their overweight children to. Well one day, one parent decided to send their daughter, Cam, to this camp to control her weight, exercise, and the amount of food that enters into her body. Well Cam didn’t want to go to this camp.
When Cam got to the camp she was nervous and scared because she wasn’t really good at making friends. As she got ther
...more
Kaneesha Danae
Dec 23, 2008 Kaneesha Danae rated it liked it
I liked the dialogue in this book. It read true to life and it flowed naturally. The characters felt a bit cliche, although that may just be me since I have no clue how people behave at fat camp.The biggest reason I gave this book only 3 stars is because I thought the author was saying "Oh, you're fat AND don't have a boyfriend? Go to fat camp where you can loose weight and hook up with a guy you may be romantically compatible with and discuss how being fat makes you feel"
I don't know. I may be
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Lablover
Feb 16, 2014 Lablover rated it liked it
Liked it.
Siti Nur Ain
To be honest, I started reading this book to distract and calm myself from the death of a character from the previous book that I read. I expected this book to be childish - which it kinda is, to me anyway - but it is also really engaging. Especially since I am trying to lose some weight myself, I enjoyed Fat Camp. Best thing about this book (to me)? It makes me feel more motivated to lose weight! I'm going for a run first thing tomorrow morning, for sure.
Erin
Aug 04, 2015 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I really adore this book. It's a subject matter I deal with daily without really thinking about it and I related to Cam. I knew those girls in camp - and yet, I didn't. I think the author captured a side of being overweight that people that aren't don't see. The story isn't cliche as well, which really helps, as it could have easily fallen into that.

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Carol Riggs
Dec 03, 2012 Carol Riggs rated it really liked it
This novel is a nice, quick, humorous read that deals with the serious subject of being overweight. There was a nice honesty to the book, and hits dead-on for this subject. At the end, there was a sweet parting scene where they all are about to leave the camp. I liked the campers/characters as they connected with one another.
Jaime
Feb 13, 2011 Jaime rated it liked it
Bought this book in a clearence sale for my classroom library. It's a really quick read (I read it in a couple of hours) but does have a good message about being happy with yourself and not focusing on the outside. It does have a couple of swear words in it but besides that, it's a great book for pre-teens/teens
Crystal
an okay read. it reminded me alot of the show "huge". i really liked the ending where she was talking about the before picture and how she looked so sad vs. the way she looks in the mirror now. i can identify with that since i've been going through my own journey.
Erin
Sep 29, 2008 Erin rated it it was ok
This was a mildly entertaining book about a girl who goes to a summer camp to lose weight. Unlike most stories on this subject, the girl seems to gain maturity and insight over the summer and learns to be a happier person.
Rachel
Jan 13, 2008 Rachel rated it it was amazing
This book is EXCELLENT. The title makes it seem like a weird book, but Cam's story is great anyway.
Jenna
Mar 20, 2010 Jenna rated it liked it
Wow, apparently I've read this book twice, with absolutely no recollection of it the second time.
Lillie
May 22, 2009 Lillie rated it it was amazing
I totally loved the book. I wish there was a sequel
Helena
Jul 14, 2008 Helena rated it liked it
Recommends it for: more mature people
Recommended to Helena by: no body
its weird so u might not like it.
Jaedan
Mar 06, 2014 Jaedan rated it liked it
I really like this book.
Sara
Feb 23, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing
I myself have worked at two weight loss camps and can totally relate to this story. It is hilarious and sad.
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Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and nutritionist who now divides her time between writing children's books and adult novels. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times (including four years as the Sunday New York Times Magazine beauty columnist), and a home design columnist for Long Island Newsday. Her health, fitness, beauty, travel, and feature stories have appear ...more
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