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Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  3,016 ratings  ·  350 reviews
With her signature acerbic wit and captivating insight, the author of the wildly popular Straight Up and Dirty offers a powerful and beautifully stark portrait of adolescence

While she is pregnant with twins, one sentence uttered by her doctor sends Stephanie Klein reeling: "You need to gain fifty pounds." Instantly, an adolescence filled with insecurity and embarrassment c
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by William Morrow
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May 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have so many thoughts on this book that I cannot decide where to begin. There’s the subject matter, there’s how the subject matter struck a chord with me personally, there’s the writing style itself, and there’s my thoughts on Stephanie Klein. I suppose I’ll start by saying that, although there were things about the book that I didn’t love, or things that made me uncomfortable, I still enjoyed it immensely and gave it four stars.

The thing for me that was so interesting about the book was the l
Nov 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
Based on a compilation of several years at "Fat Camp", school and her family relationships, Moose is quite the story by Stephanie Klein. I would be very interested to know what "thin" people think of it. Having always been one of the fat kids and now fat adults, I could relate to much of the story.

Her tales of dieting starting at a young age (nutritionist, Weight Watchers, diuretics, etc.), trying to find attractive clothes, wanting to be one of the cool kids, dealing with helpful comments that
Nov 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
A very depressing book. She has a unique and kind of unlikeable writing style.
Aug 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Katie
It wasn't quite as spot on as Straight Up and Dirty, but I'm wondering, in retrospect, if that is because her honesty was oftentimes infuriating. But that's the point, I assume: to admit that when a friend addresses the question of weight (that of your twins in the NICU), to assume she is questioning yours; to admit to never being completely healthy once you've had disordered eating... ever; to be honest about being your most miserable at your skinniest, and your happiest when fat. While reading ...more
Apr 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Being an adolescent girl is hard, being a fat adolescent girl is even harder...

There are few things in life as embarassing as being the fat kid. Everyone sees the class pictures, the lonely lunches and the sweat stained t-shirts in gym class. However, though as zoftig as she may be at home, she's one of the hot girls at fat camp, dozens of pounds lighter than most of the other campers.

But all is not well at fat camp. There are social and sexual fumblings, as well as firsthand, backstabbing and b
Anna Karras
Sep 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, biography
I was intrigued by this title.

As one who was always a little chubby, I was always curious as to what went on at those fat camps. I had read Jelly Belly as a child, and wondered how it measured up. Instead of kids finding ways to sneak food all the time, the majority of kids at the fat camp attended by Stephanie Klein really worked hard to shed their weight so they wouldn't be picked on at school.

Klein has a great voice - witty and sharp, and totally self-deprecating. She spared no embarrassing d
May 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
When I started this book, I thought it would be a quick, easy read to get me out of the reading slump I've been in. I like memoirs, especially when the author has overcome some hard times and learned valuable lessons to pass on to me, the reader. That's what I thought I'd be reading. I thought there would be interesting camp stories-funny ones, painful ones, but entertaining. Well, it wasn't even all about her 4 years at "fat camp" really. She compiled some of her experiences and memories into a ...more
May 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Stephanie Klein's memoir of fat camp and beyond starts with her pregnancy with twins. She is told she needs to gain weight but all she can think about is her struggle with being overweight. I liked Klein's honesty. She shows every flaw along with every roll of fat. I learned what it is like to be "weight challenged". I've never had a weight problem beyond my own false perceptions that the mirror is lying. I have friends and loved ones who do struggle and this book really made me think about some ...more
Sep 20, 2008 rated it it was ok
I'm not a reader of Stephanie Klein's blog, Greek Tragedy, so I don't know how much of Moose is contained within it's pages. I knew going into it that this might not be the book for me. It's about Klein's experiences at "fat camp" as a young teen-ager and as a fat camp counselor as an older teen-ager. I really dislike when someone's whole life is wrapped up in their weight and food. It's just so boring and pointless. But I was hoping that perhaps Klein had a larger message to share and had manag ...more
MJ Sita
May 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
This girl needs a shrink, not a diet doctor! So totally messed up about her size, both when she's chubby and when she's thin. She agonizes when she has to lose weight and she agonizes when she's pregnant and the Doctor told her to gain weight. She's already anxious about weight issues that her INFANTS might have as they grow up even though they are premature and in the NICU! Enough already! She blames everyone under the sun for her weight issues: Mom and Dad, Diet Doctors,popular kids at school, ...more
Sue Bridehead (A Pseudonym)
I'm not a big reader of memoirs. But I what I do like about the genre is that it exposes the reader to subcultures and worlds (both inner and outer) that may be totally unfamiliar.

"Moose" did this for me. Like all white girls in the suburbs, I was exposed to eating disorders and warped body image in elementary school. That part of her story was all too familiar.
But for me, all of those experiences were background noise to adolescence. For Stephanie Klein, they were front and center. I can't imag
Sep 06, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2008
I really wanted to like this book. I read Stephanie Klein's blog and find her writing very interesting. This book should have been something I could really relate to, having been an overweight child who grew into an overweight adult. Yet I didn't like this book much at all.

I kept reading it, hoping to find something redeeming, but was left disappointed. Klein shares so much of herself and her secret habits that you feel as if you've read someone's diary. And it wasn't pleasant. I keep wondering
Kris Irvin
Jul 27, 2009 rated it did not like it
This book was awful. There was no point to it. It was just... bad. Did the author ever figure out her relationship with food? So many questions left unanswered. Such a lame book.
Aug 01, 2010 rated it liked it
Thanks to Books On The Brain for introducing me to Moose by Stephanie Klein. Klein reminded me a lot of myself growing up. Insecure about her body, she struggled to lose weight. Unlike my parents, hers hindered to process, telling her that people would stop making fun of her if she was thin. News flash insecurity makes people tease others about fat, pimples, body hair, and height. My father told me that if I wasn't happy I should seek ways to change my attitude, not my body size. Fat, thin, tall ...more
Apr 10, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't recommend this to anyone who's actively struggling with an eating disorder whether it's anorexia, binge eating, bulimia, etc.. There are far too many 'trigger's as well as instructions for how to purge. The author did not set this up as a 'how-to' guide but I can see how one struggling may pick up this book just to feel less alone. I learned things I'd never heard of and I thought I had a good handle on these food rituals due to my own adolescent/teen struggle. I'm now attempting to dep ...more
Aug 12, 2010 rated it it was ok
I read this because I saw it at the library and have always found the idea of "fat camp" interesting (if twisted and unhelpful, if the articles I've read are anything to go on). I'll let alone the actual "fat camp" bit, as I don't know enough about the subject to comment knowledgeably, but I'd probably advise others to let alone the book, too. It wasn't so much that it was badly written as it was that it felt as though the author hadn't done much maturing since her teens. The tone too often felt ...more
Jun 05, 2008 rated it liked it
After reading SUAD, Stephanie's first book, which was so honest and at times shocking, and checking out her blog over the years, I was excited to read Moose. She hasn't changed...she is still as honest as ever. I found myself asking at times..."If I were writing this book, would I include this? What would my mom say??" Anyway, the topic of this book being the lifelong battle/struggle with weight, I could totally relate. I have never been to fat camp, and I was never made fun of for my issues wit ...more
May 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who have struggled with their weight, mostly adult but maybe very mature teens.
Shelves: memoirs
I liked this one better than Straight Up & Dirty. Overall I think a lot of women can understand the struggles Klein faces with her weight. I think the important thing most of us need to remember is that there is no miracle cure. It's not easy and it's a lifestyle change to control our weight. There's no rule that says you have to deprive yourself, and in the end it's unhealthy too.

I like that Klein is very aware of herself and she writes with a style that allows for self mockery which is a s
Jun 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you can get through the awkwardly sexual oddball first few chapters, it's a really great story. It begins and ends with a doctor telling her to gain weight for her pregnancy with twins which is not really mentioned at any other time in the book.

It's full of asides and flashbacks/forwards but, for the most part, well organized and told. The final chapters make the whole book worth it. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever equated weight and body image to self worth and self esteem
Aug 13, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book isn't just about being an overweight kid. It's about how anyone gets through adolescence with a shred of self-esteem when it seems like everyone around us is trying to knock us down. I don't even like to repeat out loud the phrase that has been running through my head every day since JS said it to me way back in 5th grade - the fact that Klein could put all of her life out there for anyone to read about is amazing to me. Very brave.
Marsha Laney
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book reminded me so much of my own adolescent battle of the bulge. Stephanie, like all teens, craved acceptance and to fit in. It makes it doubly hard when you are over weight. The therapist her mother took her to at the tender age of 8, said you will never stop being a fat person. You may not look fat but you will still be fat. In my experience that is true. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more from Stephanie Klein.
Oct 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
unfortunately, this book didn't live up to my expectations. if anything, growing up as a fat kid myself, there was very few tidbits i could actually relate too. this gal made me want to slit my wrists. it makes me wonder, maybe there can be fat kids with positive self image. i had my issues (like so many other teenagers), but never in my life did i have her issues.
Tara D-K
May 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Anyone who went to camp, or was a misfit will love this book. It's just such an honest story of adolescence. It wasn't as relatable for me as Straight Up And Dirty because I didn't go to sleepaway camp, but I did relate to the weight issues and her issues with her parents. As always, Stephanie is embarassingly candid and you can't put her book down because you need to know what happened next.
Jun 13, 2008 rated it liked it
Who could resist a good fat camp memoir? The thing is, she was one of the skinnier kids at fat camp, making her more of a Plastic. And she helped teach some other fat kids to make themselves throw up.
Jun 12, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: readandloved, 2008, memoir
I liked this so much more than Straight Up and Dirty. As a former fat kid, this really rang true and made me think. Definitely recommend.
Sep 01, 2008 rated it it was ok
This was more like 2.5 stars. Although it is about her experience at 'fat camp' while in her early teens, it is NOT something I would want my girls to read...
Jun 03, 2008 rated it it was ok
I finally got to reading this. I was dissapointed in this book, I had high expectations.
Shayla Raquel
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"If I just had a chance at a new beginning, at a new school maybe, it would all be different. I thought I wanted a chance to recreate who I was. Or to figure out who I was. Really, I just wanted to escape who I was." — Stephanie Klein

I read some of the negative reviews on Moose and thought to myself, "Wow. These readers really and truly missed the point, didn't they?" Some of the reviews said things like, "She is still obsessed with her weight. What a shame!" and "She never really has that epiph
Jun 01, 2019 rated it did not like it
A memoir about the author (at age 12) being sent to fat camp, a seven-week camp devised to help shed pounds.

Not sure how this ended up in my to-reads, but I saw it the other day in a Little Free Library and remembered the cover as being on my to-read shelf. I gave up on this book after reading 150 pages. I likely could read the rest of it, but who likes being ill and not having something you like to read, at least a little. I really did not like the author and how she portrayed herself or her fa
Jodi Hawkins
Jul 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
I have renewed this book 2 times. I can not find it in me to finish it. I don't like it and am so disappointed. so not what I was looking for. oh well, I tried. not worth making myself read something if it is going to become a chore to do so.
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A foodie who sometimes abuses hair care products, Stephanie Klein is an acclaimed writer and photographer with a cult-like following. Her work has been published internationally, and her blog, Greek Tragedy, was recently ranked the 26th most powerful blog in the world by The Observer in the UK. Klein's photography is on permanent exhibit in New York's Hotel Gansevoort. Her first memoir, Straight U ...more