Last night I started watching the tv show Huge on hulu.com. It’s about overweight kids at camp. There’s a lot of teen anguish, confusion and frustration on top of the crushing burden of not fitting into the acceptable weight norm. But I found myself fascinated by the character, Becca. She’s a shy young woman who loves to read.
Whenever she’s in a scene on her bunk, she’s reading a book. Although I’ve seen her reading classics like Lord of the Flies (yuck) and Diary of Anne Frank, I’ve also seen her read a more current book like Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Becca is even shown checking out the meager camp library (like one shelf of very used books).
It’s so refreshing to see someone reading a book rather than playing video games or on the computer. Of course, none of those things are allowed at camp. Other girls are shown with magazines, mostly to take the quizzes offered inside. (And yes, I remember giggling with my friends over the Seventeen questionnaires.)
All this brought back memories of my Girl Scout camping days. My suitcase was always full of books. I really couldn’t say what they were anymore, except I loved Helen McInnes and Victoria Holt at the time. I always hated the outdoor stuff we had to do and loved to lay on my bunk, at night with a flashlight, imagining being in far off places, meeting unusual people and doing amazing things.
Even as an adult I dragged books along on every vacation. When the boys were young we went to Michigan and stayed in a cabin. The guys fished and I read. Seven books in seven days. My idea of a perfect vacation.
So, I’ll keep watching the show, more interested in what Becca’s reading than to find out if Trent likes Amber or Chloe better. There are only 10 episodes since the series has already been canceled. It’s too bad because it’s starting to grow on me.
Did you ever read books at camp? Prefer reading to everything else as a child?
Bottom Line: I could use a couple Beccas to help read all the Young Adult books I have…she’d love my library.