Tuesday, June 7, 2011
The Summer I Lost It - Review
by Natalie Kath
Release Date: August 1st, 2011
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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?
Even though this book dealt with a pretty heavy subject, weightloss, I think it was made into a lighter read and the issue was handled well. The novel tells the story of a young girl named Kat. She's overweight, and when her parents tell har that thay can't afford sending her to fat camp, she decides to loose weight by herself. You get to follow her journey through short diary entries. During one summer she get's to deal with hard excercise, calorie counting and her first love.
This was a short book which I read in only one sitting, every diary entry was about two pages long. Which, of course, left out some emotions and detailes, but it somehow suited the story. I don't think this book is meant as a deep read with all of the feelings that comes with weightloss, but more as a motivational story for someone who has decided to try and loose some kilos (or pounds if you wish) themself. (In the back of the books there's some information and yummy recepies that can help you along the way)
I first didn't know how I would feel about reading a novel in which such a young girl count calories, goes on diets and tries to loose weight. I usually associate teens who try to loose weight with bad selfesteem and eating disorders. But for Kat it wasn't about just looking pretty and getting skinny. No, it was about getting healthy. Which is how it should be.