Library Binding: 128 pages
Format: Net-Galley PDF
Publisher: Stone Arch Books (Aug 2011)
Kat is just like other fourteen-year-old girls. Except this summer, she's spending four weeks at a Health Camp . . . otherwise known as fat camp. Can she lose the weight she needs to be able to do the things everyone else does? Or will she let her body control her?
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The Summer I Lost It was a quick and easy read, something you can just lounge around during the summer and read with a smile on your face. It simply deals with a young teenage girl, Kat, who is self conflicted about her weight and how this affects how people see her. She wants what today every teenage dreams of, cliché as it is, it’s something that will make her feel fulfilled. She wants to be skinny, pretty, and have a boyfriend. She believes that the way to achieve this is to lose weight and so begins our main characters struggle to become the person she dreams of being. As serious as the issue of self-esteem and weight loss is, the author light heartedly puts into play the simple rule needed to lose weight – eat healthy and work out. Kat’s parents rejection for her to go to fat camp, shows how you don’t need to pay expensive programmes in order to lose weight and we see this as Kat embraces the idea to do it herself, through weight plan, healthy eating, gym, and a nutritional chart. Bit by bit, we see how she transforms from what she believes to be a chubby child, into a girl who is confident in her own body. This is seen through diary like entries which pin point her thoughts, events and how this shapes her. It’s a beautiful read and not too hard on the brain and it encompasses the beauty of loving who are (: This book is for anyone, so go grab it now!