Review: Camp Utopia and the Forgiveness Diet By Jenny Ruden

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Book Details:
Author: Jenny Ruden
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Koehler Books
Pages: 300
Released: July 1, 2014
Goodreads Rating: 4.10

Goodreads summary:
Sixteen-year-old Baltimore teen Bethany Stern knows the only way out of spending her summer at Camp Utopia, a fat camp in Northern California, is weight-loss. Desperate, she tries The Forgiveness Diet, the latest fad whose infomercial promises that all she has to do is forgive her deadbeat dad, her scandalous sister, and the teenage magician next door and (unrequited) love of her life. But when the diet fails and her camp nemesis delivers the ultimate blow, Bee bids sayonara to Camp-not-Utopian-at-all to begin what she believes will be her “real” summer adventure, only to learn that running away isn’t as easy—or as healing—as it seems.
Her wry and honest voice bring humor and poignancy for anyone, fat or thin, tired of hearing “you’d be so pretty if…[insert unwelcome judgment about your appearance from loved one or perfect stranger].

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Getting Through the Pile One Book at a Time: August TBR

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August is a CRAZY month for me. My dissertation is due on August 20th (crying) and I fly back home to Toronto on the 24th, so you can probably see why I haven’t been able to post as frequently as I would like. My hectic schedule at the moment also means that I have zero plans to read a lot this month. I have two books that I definitely want to finish though so let’s get started.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
Publisher: 
Delacorte Press
Released: 
October 12th 2010
Genre:
YA Sci-fi Dystopia
Pages: 
324 (ebook)
Goodreads Description: 
Solving the Maze was supposed to be the end.
Thomas was sure that escape from the Maze would mean freedom for him and the Gladers. But WICKED isn’t done yet. Phase Two has just begun. The Scorch.
There are no rules. There is no help. You either make it or you die.
The Gladers have two weeks to cross through the Scorch—the most burned-out section of the world. And WICKED has made sure to adjust the variables and stack the odds against them.
Friendships will be tested. Loyalties will be broken. All bets are off.
There are others now. Their survival depends on the Gladers’ destruction—and they’re determined to survive.
Goodreads Rating: 3.99 out of 5 stars
Status: 16% through and I’m enjoying it so far…just wish I had more time to read it!

Camp Utopia and the Forgiveness Diet by Jenny Ruden
Publisher: 
Koehler Books
Released: 
July 1st 2014
Genre:
YA Contemporary
Pages:
300
Goodreads Description: 
Sixteen-year-old Baltimore teen Bethany Stern knows the only way out of spending her summer at Camp Utopia, a fat camp in Northern California, is weight-loss. Desperate, she tries The Forgiveness Diet, the latest fad whose infomercial promises that all she has to do is forgive her deadbeat dad, her scandalous sister, and the teenage magician next door and (unrequited) love of her life. But when the diet fails and her camp nemesis delivers the ultimate blow, Bee bids sayonara to Camp-not-Utopian-at-all to begin what she believes will be her “real” summer adventure, only to learn that running away isn’t as easy—or as healing—as it seems.
Her wry and honest voice bring humor and poignancy for anyone, fat or thin, tired of hearing “you’d be so pretty if…[insert unwelcome judgment about your appearance from loved one or perfect stranger].”
Goodreads rating: 4.31
Status: No progress has been made yet, BUT I can say that I will be part of the blog tour for this book (exciting!) so look for a review of this book on August 27th!

What are you reading this month? Let me know in the comments below or on Twitter!

Getting Through the Pile One Book at a Time: July Wrap Up

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I honestly didn’t think I was going to be able to finish all the books I wanted to in the month of July…but procrastination is the craziest thing. My July TBR consisted of three books and one audio book: Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer, The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (AKA JK Rowling), The Maze Runner by James Dashner, and the audio book for City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I had pretty good reading luck this month, so let’s get started!

Since this is my first wrap up post this is how things are going to work: I’ll post a mini review for each book (since I will be expanding on them at a later date) and what I rated them on Goodreads.

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Quick Review:
I loved this book. It was emotional and sweet. I teared up, but in really unexpected places. The only downside was the narrator – he was young, but sometimes the voice was a little unbelievable. I would definitely recommend it if you are in to adult contemporary/historical fiction type books.
My Goodreads rating:
4 out of 5

Quick Review:
Once again, I really enjoyed reading this book. I don’t read many crime novels because I find them a little too predictable – not this time. I was kept guessing pretty much the entire time.  If crime is something you like to read I would definitely recommend this book – super fun and entertaining.
My Goodreads rating:
4 out of 5 stars

Quick Review:
I LOVED THIS. I’d been reading a lot more adult fiction before I got to this book and I was just so happy to get my hands on another YA dystopian novel. There was just so much action and craziness going on – I couldn’t put it down. And that epilogue. Damn that epilogue.
My Goodreads rating:
4.5 out of 5 stars

Quick Review:
This book was previously mentioned on my list of unfinished books, but I hated that it was on there because SO many people love this series. So I decided to listen to the audio book while walking and going to the gym and what not. Yeah…still didn’t like it. I really hated the main character. The movie was just as bad (maybe worse, to he honest). I know that the rest of the series is supposed to get better, but it will be a while before I feel like I can continue. I will be doing a full review of this and I’ll be talking about my first audiobook experience and whether or not I’ll continue listening to them.
My Goodreads rating:
2.5 out of 5 stars (and that was being generous)

Well that is it for my July wrap up! I’m honestly surprised I got all that reading done considering I am working on a dissertation and I was doing an internship! August’s TBR will be up hopefully tomorrow. It’s going to be really short due to time constraints – my dissertation is due on the 20th and I move back home to Toronto on the 24th! Crazy.

What did you read this month? Let me know!