Erin Dorney

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Book Review: Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp by Stephanie Klein.

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“Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp is a coming-of-age story detailing the dramas of a chubby adolescence. Complete with teen-aged diary excerpts, Klein takes readers on a condensed journey of her time spent at a fat-camp, her struggles with a weight loss support group, and the unforgiving mockery of her peers.

Composed in a very Juno-esque narrative style (quirky attempts at wit and humor laced with sarcasm), Klein’s memoir is quickly paced but lacks development. While honest discussions about body image, self esteem and family dynamics do occur, they are cursory at best. Readers are left wondering why Klein delves into certain topics yet neglects to explain their relevance or importance (including her relationship with her sister as well as her budding sexuality).

Although Klein’s memoir is jumpy and somewhat repetitive, there are a number of passages that truly illustrate her strengths as both a writer and a woman. However, it’s tough to struggle through the rest of the book to pick out the gems.”

-Erin Dorney, May 2008

Many thanks to LibraryThing for providing me with an Advance Reader’s Edition of this book through the Early Reviewers program. This review is also posted on my LibraryThing account.


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May 23, 2008 at 6:20 PM

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  1. Very interesting review! It’s funny because the review I wrote of the advance copy I received this month as a LibraryThing Early Reviewer was very similar, despite the topics being completely different (and my book being fictitious).

    There were obvious signs of the author’s potential, but they were too few.


    May 27, 2008 at 3:15 AM

  2. Very nice review, Erin.

    This review made me think of my LibraryThing Early Reviewer book for this month. Though the stories and genre are completely different, the writer of the book I read had similar flaws in his writing. There’s obvious potential there for a really great story, but it falls short.


    May 29, 2008 at 5:01 PM

  3. Yeah I just wasn’t very impressed. What was your book this month?


    June 3, 2008 at 2:53 PM

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