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]."
"McManus artfully depicts sibling rivalry and the added tension when Jackie's 'loser' boyfriend joins them. Ruden and McManus realistically cover many teen issues including appearance, parents, crushes, and self-acceptance as Bee learns that not ALL of her problems stem from her weight. The kids' conversations about craving rich food and sweet Starbucks drinks is a dose of reality that all listeners can relate to." (AudioFile)
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