Bethany knows infomercials are for suckers, but there’s something about the Forgiveness Diet… Camp Utopia and The Forgiveness Diet By Jenny Ruden 4.5 stars – “A standout debut!” (Kirkus) – $1.99 **Plus Overnight Price Cuts in Today’s...
Sixteen-year-old Baltimore teen Bethany Stern knows the only way out of spending her summer at Camp Utopia, a fat camp in Northern California, is weight-loss. Desperate, she tries The Forgiveness Diet, the latest fad whose infomercial promises that all she has to do is forgive her deadbeat dad, her scandalous sister, and the teenage magician next door and (unrequited) love of her life. But when the diet fails and her camp nemesis delivers the ultimate blow, Bee bids sayonara to Camp-not-Utopian-at-all to begin what she believes will be her “real” summer adventure, only to learn that running away isn’t as easy—or as healing—as it seems.
Her wry and honest voice bring humor and poignancy for anyone, fat or thin, tired of hearing “you’d be so pretty if…[insert unwelcome judgment about your appearance from loved one or perfect stranger].”
“Anarchic slapstick laced with timely truths make this wry, occasionally raunchy debut a standout.” – Kirkus Reviews
“A funny, poignant, emotionally intelligent and beautifully written novel that takes the reader on a journey that is by turns heartbreaking and inspiring. I highly recommend it.” – NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Alisa Valdes
“In her smart and funny debut novel, Ruden examines weight and self-doubt, friendship, anger and transformation in a story reminiscent of Louise Rennison’s Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging. If you’ve ever questioned your looks or had a toxic relationship with your bathroom scale, read this.” -Suzanne Morgan Williams author of the award-winning Bull Rider