Reviewed by Briana, age 19, Pennsylvania
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I'm sure everyone has heard about the hit ABC summer show, Huge. First airing in early July, Huge was one of many in the ABC summer series, but it definitely stood out from the others. Huge is about a fitness camp for overweight teens. But unlike a reality show with real teens in this same situation, Huge gives us a scripted, yet realistic portrayal.

Starring Nikki Blonsky as the main character, Willamena Rader, Huge gives us insight into what she is going through at camp. Supporting characters include Amber (Hayley Hasselhoff), the "golden girl" of the camp, Dorothy Rand (Gina Torres), the head of Camp Victory, Alistair (Harvey Guillen), the comical, sweet character with some self-confidence issues, Chloe Delgado (Ashley Holliday), the popular, yet mysterious girl at camp, Becca Huffstatter (Raven Goodwin), the bookworm who attempts to overcome her shyness, Ian Schonfeld (Ari Stidham), the awkward yet insightful character who loves music, and George (Zander Eckhouse), the fitness coach all the girls lust after. The wide variety of characters makes the show entertaining, and the fact that they're all so unique makes them very real and easy to relate to. In order not to give away the entire plot, I'll just say that the story is mostly about the characters and their relationships with each other and with themselves. It is an interesting and fresh concept that will immediately capture your heart!

As for my opinion of Huge, I have mixed emotions. I absolutely love the concept and think it is a clever idea. I also love the characters. They're all very realistic, and I can personally relate to them. Whether you're overweight or not, the characters all have very relatable traits. You'll want to know what happens to each of them!

The story lines are also very good. Each week, I have no idea what is going to happen next, and after it's over I'm left wanting more. The events are very unexpected and interesting which makes the show awesome!

As for my dislikes, I feel that Huge focuses on too many characters separate from the main group. For example, they gave us a background story about the head of the camp, which I felt was unnecessary. Also, after watching the first episode, I was a little offended by the way they originally portrayed the attitude of people who are overweight. I felt the character of Willamena was a little too rebellious originally. But after I started watching the show, I realized this was just a front put up by Willamena to hide her true feelings. Overall, I think the show is outstanding.

I give this television show 4 Huge stars! (of a possible 5)

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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