Fat Camp

Fat Camp

by Deborah Blumenthal
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Fat Camp by Deborah Blumenthal

Camp! Songs by the bonfire, first kisses, summer fun . . . but not at Camp Calliope, prison camp for the overweight. That’s where Cam Phillips’s 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. That is except for one cool girl from Texas, Faith Masters, who is normal enough to help Cam stay sane and temporarily replace her best friend, Evie.
 
Then there’s Jesse, the only thing close enough to drool-worthy on this camp’s menu. Cam can totally relate to him, since his basketball-coach dad sounds a lot like her perfectly thin, successful mom. It looks like for the next eight weeks, only the issues (and not the food) on Cam plate will be supersized.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101190715
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/06/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,185,085
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Deborah Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and nutritionist who writes children's books and adult novels. She has been a regular contributor to The New York Times (including four years as The New York Times Magazine beauty columnist) and a home design columnist for Long Island Newsday. Her health, fitness, beauty, travel, and feature stories have appeared widely in many other newspapers and national magazines, including The Washington PostThe Los Angeles TimesCosmopolitanWoman's DayFamily CircleSelf, and Vogue. Blumenthal’s books include Fat ChanceWhat Men Want, and Fat Camp, among many others. She lives in Houston, Texas.

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Fat Camp 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book and its really good. I just loved this book. The character Cam is very funny and will make you laugh through out the book. I think this book would be good for ages 12 and up. Its funny, has some romance, and has a tiny amount of serious parts. I would totally recommend it for anyone who is heavy or just anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved everything about this book. I couldn't put it down until I finished it. A PERFECT beach read for the summer as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Book was mind blowing. I loved every page of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 her 'self-destructive' cycle, her father just wants to keep the family peace, and Cam, well, Cam doesn't seem to have much choice in the matter. Ever since she can remember, Cam has been pudgy. When she was younger, it didn't really bother her, but now that she's a teenager and can see the repulsive way she looks in a two-piece bathing suit, she knows it's not the way she wants to live her life. But she's tried self-control, she's attempted Weight Watchers, she's even gone the route of self-bribery. Nothing seems to work for long, and now her parents have decided that a summer filled with controlled portions of food, plenty of rigorous exercise, and the fresh, clean air of the outdoors is just what she needs. For Cam, though, Camp Calliope represents something else. What other group of people, anywhere in the world, is discriminated against like overweight individuals? And then, on top of the discrimination, are asked outright to change? So now it's no more french fries, no more ice cream, no more best friend, Evie, who is away at Tennis Camp meeting gorgeous instructors and equally hunky players. Instead, she finds the other camp residents to be a strange mix of overweight, underweight, and everything in between. There's Carla Valentine, who at 5'10' and 120 pounds seems like the least likely to need a fat camp. There's Summer, who is determined to succeed with her weight loss at any and all costs. There's Faith Masters, the only girl who Cam can imagine becoming friends with. And then there's the counselors, and the guy who takes them on hikes, and the one who oversees the rowing, and on and on and on. Last but not least, there's Jesse, the only boy that Cam might be attracted to. Girls and guys don't mix very often at Camp Calliope, but she just might be able to squeeze in some alone time with Jesse. For Cam, going away to fat camp might not be what she expected after all. There might be weight loss, there might be a healthier style of living, but more importantly, she just might realize that looks aren't everything. For Cam Phillips, Camp Calliope might be filled with friends, fun, and adventure after all.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Overweight with no chance of wearing a bikini or having a boyfriend, Cam Phillips has been pudgy since birth. Now her perfectly fit parents decide that Cam needs help with her obesity problem so she sends her teenage daughter to summer camp, but not the type most people are familiar with. Instead, Camp Calliope is FAT CAMP, a kind of boot camp for the overweight to learn the importance of good nutrition in classes (summer school at camp how mortifying) and to eat small portions of food (so tiny a mouse would die from starvation). --- While her best friend Evie goes to fun camp, depressed Cam finds herself sharing a dorm with girls her age and built like her discussing the Fs, food and fat. Cam¿s morale picks up when she falls in love with Jesse, who likes her a lot though he does not push her, Cam begins to lose weight, but when she returns to Manhattan in the fall will she be able to keep it off with Ray¿s Pizza beckoning her to dine. --- This teen chick lit is a delightful tale because of the lead protagonist struggling with low self esteem that in part is because she has a weight problem. Cam is a terrific character as she fails to adjust to FAT CAMP until she meets Jesse. Though somewhat as expected, the story line also makes a case that keeping the weight off once lost is as difficult or more so because the environment must change too as lifestyle alterations is critical it takes a family to keep off the weight. This is a wonderful teenage character study. --- Harriet Klausner
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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 her "self-destructive" cycle, her father just wants to keep the family peace, and Cam, well, Cam doesn't seem to have much choice in the matter.

Ever since she can remember, Cam has been pudgy. When she was younger, it didn't really bother her, but now that she's a teenager and can see the repulsive way she looks in a two-piece bathing suit, she knows it's not the way she wants to live her life. But she's tried self-control, she's attempted Weight Watchers, she's even gone the route of self-bribery. Nothing seems to work for long, and now her parents have decided that a summer filled with controlled portions of food, plenty of rigorous exercise, and the fresh, clean air of the outdoors is just what she needs.

For Cam, though, Camp Calliope represents something else. What other group of people, anywhere in the world, is discriminated against like overweight individuals? And then, on top of the discrimination, are asked outright to change? So now it's no more french fries, no more ice cream, no more best friend, Evie, who is away at Tennis Camp meeting gorgeous instructors and equally hunky players. Instead, she finds the other camp residents to be a strange mix of overweight, underweight, and everything in between. There's Carla Valentine, who at 5'10" and 120 pounds seems like the least likely to need a fat camp. There's Summer, who is determined to succeed with her weight loss at any and all costs. There's Faith Masters, the only girl who Cam can imagine becoming friends with. And then there's the counselors, and the guy who takes them on hikes, and the one who oversees the rowing, and on and on and on. Last but not least, there's Jesse, the only boy that Cam might be attracted to. Girls and guys don't mix very often at Camp Calliope, but she just might be able to squeeze in some alone time with Jesse.

For Cam, going away to fat camp might not be what she expected after all. There might be weight loss, there might be a healthier style of living, but more importantly, she just might realize that looks aren't everything. For Cam Phillips, Camp Calliope might be filled with friends, fun, and adventure after all.
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