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