Friday, July 29, 2011


Written by: Sasha Paley

First line: "Faster, faster!" Wil Hopkins's trainer, Heather, yelled over the sound of crashing waves.

Why you should read this book: Wil is a spoiled, angry rich kid whose parents made their fortune with a fitness empire, and she's determined to gain weight this summer, to spite them for being ashamed of her and sending her to fat camp. April is a poor, popularity-obsessed girl who saved her money for over a year to afford admission to the same exclusive camp and avoid the influence of her fast-food loving, Rascal-riding, type-II diabetic mother. While Wil and April seem to have nothing in common, a summer of forced closeness, of triumphs and humiliation, punishment and reward, might teach them how to relate to themselves and others in healthy ways.

Why you shouldn't read this book: This might be the first time in the history of video that someone made a TV adaptation this vastly superior to the book. While the show was intelligent and nuanced with developed realistic characters and conflicts, this book is superficial teen lit in which everyone is one-dimensional. Then again, they cancelled the show.

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