Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Blog Tour (guest post): Camp Utopia by Jenny Ruden

Title: Camp Utopia and the Forgiveness Diet
Genre: Young Adult
Author: Jenny Ruden
Publisher: Koehler Books
Language: English
Pages: 300
Format: Paperback

Synopsis:
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].”

What people say about Camp Utopia:

A funny, poignant, emotionally intelligent and beautifully written novel that takes the reader on a journey that is by turns heartbreaking and inspiring. I highly recommend it.”

-Alisa Valdes, New York Times and
USA Today bestselling author


Ruden’s debut novel is more than merely funny. It skewers our cultural obsession with the superficial, lampooning everything from fad diets to reality television and self-help gurus. And Bethany’s inner journey from bitterness to forgiveness is one that will resonate with all readers.

Read it for the laughs, reread it for Ruden’s profound insight into the transformative power of forgiveness.”

-Mike Mullen, author of Ashfall

Anarchic slapstick laced with timely truths make this wry, occasionally raunchy debut a standout.”
Kirkus Reviews




5 Things You Should Know About (CAMP UTOPIA & THE FORGIVENESS DIET by Jenny Ruden)
  1. It took an embarrassingly long time to write.
  1. Promotes self-acceptance and health among people of all shapes and sizes.
  1. Features a really cute guy who appreciates a funny, smart girl who does not wear a size 2.
  1. Finds the extraordinary in people and situations that might otherwise be deemed ordinary.
  1. Promises at least a 5 lb weight loss by the time you finish the book (not true, but, by the end, you probably won’t care about a 5 lb weight loss anyway!)

ABOUT JENNY RUDEN

Jenny Ruden has published short stories and essays in Nerve, Salon, Eclectica Magazine, Literary Mama and High Desert Journal. She won an Orlando award for creative nonfiction, was named a finalist in Glimmertrain’s short fiction contest, and has been nominated for the Pushcart prize two years in a row. She has worked with teenagers for over ten years as a teacher of Reading, Writing and GED, and has an MFA in Fiction from the University of Oregon. She lives with her husband, two daughters, two basset hounds and cat in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
She does a flawless impersonation of a normal person. Don’t be fooled. She’s a writer.