Genre: Genre: Contemporary
Synopsis: 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.
Welcome 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!
200words (or less) review: Thank you, this book gets it. The emotional turmoil of weight, the stress and guilt and the constant feeling of being judged – doesn’t matter if you’re eating or not. You just have to exist in your overweightness. The horror of going clothes shopping. Ann knows all of this and if you don’t have any personal experience of what Ann goes through then K.A. Barson writes in a way that you’ll understand soon enough.
What I liked so much about Ann’s story is that this isn’t a magical make-over tale. Ann loses weight and now her world is fixed – no! The message here isn’t about weight but about health, both for Ann and her mother, each have their own issues with food and how these affect those around them.
45 Pounds (More or Less) deals with the very sensitive topic of weight well, with likeable and lovely characters and good writing. I certainly recommend it.