This book is bargain priced from 08/11/2014 until 08/31/2014
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].”
Targeted Age Group: 12 and up
Book Price: 1.99
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
I have worked with teens in non-traditional settings almost exclusively. In other words, I never taught high school formally, but I did teach GED for many years. I also worked in high school as a sort of book club leader and as a reading specialist for teens with learning disabilities. I think this allowed me to see teens in a different way than, say, a teacher or parent or even friend. For the most part, the teens ignored me, which was wonderful. This allowed me to hear their voices unedited. Since I think teens have a highly-cultivated b.s detector, I think it’s necessary to keep the voice real when writing. I like to think I achieved that.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
I would challenge all aspiring writers to ignore all writing advice.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
People inspire me to write more than anything, but, as far as my writing process is concerned, I tend to hold everything in. I don’t write a scene every day. I can go months without writing. Considering I have a full-time job and a family, it’s easy to do. Then, after I’ve daydreamed for about a year, ran several traffic signals, stared out random windows for approximately 2400 hours, lost track of a thousand of conversations, washed the same load of laundry four times in a row, I just kind of explode. I lock myself in a room and write like a maniac. It’s not a good process or even a healthy one, but it’s mine and you don’t want to mess with your process.
About the Author:
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.