This Book isn't Fat, it's Fabulous by Nina Beck
Manhattan It Girl Riley Swain is no pudgy wallflower. She's brash, bold, fashionable, and yes, fabulous. Riley has no qualms about kissing her best friend's crush, or bribing her dad's lawyer. But this spring break, Riley's dad and wicked stepmother are shipping her off to New Horizons, a two-week fat camp in upstate New York. And it's miserable: like military school without carbs. But then Riley gets to know adorable Eric, who sees beyond Riley's tough exterior. Soon, Riley might just realize that maybe it's not her shape that will change at New Horizons. . . but her heart.
Published in US: Sept 2008
has a companion novel, but you can read it standalone
Okay, so very different cover and title- and very different YA inside. PICK IT UP. It really is fabulous. Riley, the main character is funny, authentic, snarky, and has some important (and not so, lol) things to say. I love that she knows what she wants, and if she doesn't she figures it out and goes after it.
This book deals with the issue of not being 'perfect' size, but being okay with it. It has an important message and more people should listen!
The side characters are rich and have personality. They all have a purpose and something definite to bring to this book. From her frenemy, to her roomate at camp.
I also like D, the best friend. It is fun to go on that journey with her and discover things about friendship and love.
Eric is amazing- he is funny, easy to like, and has some amazing lines. I'd love to have him as a book boyfriend.
This book made me smile and I totally recommend it.
I would love to hear what you think of this book an/or my review