Thursday, August 12, 2010

Moose By Stephanie Klein

 Thanks to Books On The Brain for introducing me to Moose by Stephanie Klein. Klein reminded me a lot of myself growing up. Insecure about her body, she struggled to lose weight. Unlike my parents, hers hindered to process, telling her that people would stop making fun of her if she was thin. News flash insecurity makes people tease others about fat, pimples, body hair, and height. My father told me that if I wasn't happy I should seek ways to change my attitude, not my body size. Fat, thin, tall or short, you are the same person. Anyhoo.
Klein recounts her summers at fat camp and melds them into one long story full of rejection, love, friendship, and bulimia. I loved her descriptions of the other campers and what they might be doing years later.
"Marguerite Bennetts from Maryland, sat on a top bunk...picking her braces...I imagine her now as a social worker who insists on using a rubber ball, instead of a chair, to strengthen her core."
Or Tara who probably became " a tanorexic, a women who always asks for booth with the newest bulbs".
 Klein is honest and real. After all of her descriptions of fat camp, I expected her to be like and I lost 1000 pounds, I love carrot sticks and exercise for 4 hours a day and I love it! You know like most fat transformation books, but no. I won't ruin the ending but Klein's a real woman with real every day problems-troubled relationships, pregnancy, the fear of being too fat. I highly recommend to anyone who's struggled with their weight or has young girls in their life who may be struggling with their weight. This is a book that will make you think about your own journey and struggles along the way.
Other reviews can be found at Reading Thru The Night, Books On The Brain, Chick Loves Lit, The Book Zombie, and Book Binge.


  1. I just picked this book up from my library yesterday. Now I am really excited to start reading it! Thanks for the review.

  2. This one sounds like a honest, and thoughtful book about weight issues. I would love to read this one! Have to note it on my list!

  3. Sounds like a very good book!

  4. Well aren't you a love! Thank you so much for such a lovely review. And I'm so happy to hear you got something out of it for yourself. xo,

  5. Just added to my Kindle wishlist. Thanks, sounds like a great read.

  6. I like that it's honest..though I do like carrotsticks myself ;)

  7. I've always wanted to read this; thanks for the review!

  8. I always see this book and think it looks interesting on the cover alone. But I've haven't ever read anything on the book, so I've never decided to pick it up. But after reading this, it definitely sounds worthwhile.

  9. I'm glad to hear that the memoir is upfront and honest and doesn't try and make a 'neat and tidy' ending, which usually feels false in a memoir.

    - Christy


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