HUGE by Sasha Paley

HUGE

Age Range: 11 - 13
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A clichéd, moralistic tale of lessons learned at fat camp. Two girls spar and then bond as summer roommates. Perky April has “saved all year… all of [her] birthday money. Christmas. Everything” to pay for Wellness Canyon because she wants to be thin and popular. (How birthday and Christmas gifts could possibly total “seven grand” for a girl with a single mother on disability is distractingly inexplicable.) Wil, in contrast, has rich parents who own a sleek gym chain; her fatness is their shame, so they force her to go. Both April and Wil lose weight over the summer, while they obnoxiously insult each other, become friends, kiss the same boy, plot revenge on him, fight more and make up. Paley unequivocally touts weight loss and repeatedly uses words like “waddled” about her fat characters. She also displays ignorance of physiology, equating fitness unquestionably with thinness. Appalling and simplistic. (Fiction. 11-13)

Pub Date: May 22nd, 2007
ISBN: 978-1-4169-3517-9
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1st, 2007