I'm so excited to introduce this next book and author. I feel like 45 pounds was a very different contemporary-- in a unique and great way! :-)
Goodreads Book Description: Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi’s life:
She is 16.
And a size 17.
Her perfect mother is a size 6.
Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 10 weeks, and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less) in 2 1/2 months.
to the world of infomercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons,
embarrassing run-ins with the cutest guy Ann’s ever seen—-and some
surprises about her NOT-so-perfect mother.
And there’s one more thing. It’s all about feeling comfortable in your own skin-—no matter how you add it up!
"Deliciously relatable with a lot of laughter on the side." -- Rita Williams-Garcia, New York Times best-selling author
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
I unexpectedly received this
book in the mail a few days ago from Penguin Teen and was curious about
it, so immediately picked it up. This is my favorite kind of book-- I
go in with no expectations, and come out, moved.
45 Pounds by
K.A. Barson is about every girl Ann, who is overweight, wears a size 17,
and is incredibly embarrassed about it. She has a stick thin perfect
mother who has apparently never worried about weight her entire life,
and has difficulty making new friends. She's struggled through many
different diets, but this one is different-- her aunt has a wedding
coming up, and Ann is determined to fit into a cute bridesmaid dress.
This all seems very stereotypical to teen literature, but this book
takes a generic idea and makes it new.
I admit that the first 100
pages were very painful for me to read on so many different levels. Ann
is the perfect teen protagonist-- very insecure with many flaws, but
with so much room to grow. She's like any of us were when we were at the
awkward teenager stage where all we wanted to do was belong. I'll be
honest-- I almost wanted to put it down because reliving those years was
not my idea of relaxation. But then midway, something changes. Ann
realizes that her sphere is larger than just around herself and that
everyone has their own history, their own insecurities, their own fears.
Barson introduces some really wonderful supporting characters-- Raynee,
Ann's new friend, was probably my favorite of them all, and they take
this book to a new level. The writing is crisp and the pacing makes
The resolution of this book is perfect-- and it
brought tears to my eyes. In contemporary YA, the characters are the
center of stories, and this book is chock full of it.
Overall, a book bursting through the seams with heart, courage, and depth that I was not expecting. A must read.
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