45 Pounds (More or Less)

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Here are the umbers 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 eeks, 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 everythin. It ’ s all about feeling comfortable in your own skin-—no matter how you add it up!
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Published July 11th 2013 by Viking Juvenile
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272

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This is my favorite ind of nove -- 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.

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 ifferent levels.

Barson introduces some really wonderful supporting characters -- Raynee, Ann 's new lover, was probably my avorite of them all, and they take this book to a new level.

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I reallly hate to start rating books two-stars so early into my 2014 reading year ( whoo, whoo!) but the ore I think about this, the les it leaves me with a our taste in my mouth.

I read a book called Fat Cat at this time last year, and I gave it five stars.

It felt like a chore at times -- exhausting to read about Sarah 's eating habits.

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She is so real, it will be hard not to relate to her.

45 Pounds starts off being about Ann deciding to lose weight, but it quickly becomes so much more.

I had no idea what it would be like when I started reading.

Nobody should read this novel.

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45 Pounds shines because of how the everydayness of Ann ’ s life becomes a story, one that maybe you can ’ t see your own life mirrored in, but one that nevertheless seems very true.

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Empathy: Noun; The bility to understand and share the feelings of another.I 'm not going to insult the main protagonist of this nove by saying, " I empathize with her. " I can not.

I do n't know what it is like to have a perfectionist mother, who is constantly trying to put their daughter on a diet plan since before their age even reached two digits.

I do n't know the pain and self-loathing the main character feels as she fails repeatedly in her attemp to lose weight, only to let herself down time after time, in a self-sabotaging, vicious cycle of emotionally eating yet another slice of cheesecake that she ca n't even taste ... .and I do n't know if I can write a negative review about this beautifully written book without sounding like a thin-privileged asshole, but here is my attempt.I loved this essa.

More often than not, the fat characters in books hate themselves, and Brenda is no exception.

It is a difficult age, and Judith 's family and background is well-presented enough for the reader to get a true feelin of how she became the person she is, and why she turns to food for comfort.

But adolescence is a time for growth, for maturity, for self-understanding, and I truly feel her character is so well-developed throughout the book.Ann 's awkwardness is just legendary, it 's half the fun reading this book; I did n't know whether to laugh or cry as I read her uninhibited verbal flops during a job interview. " 'At first, I thought you were a guy.' Then I try to backtrack.

Despite the topic, despite the premise of losing weight, this novel does not emphasize the fact that in order to be happy, in order to love yourself, you must be thin.Ann 's attempts at weight loss is not predictable, she is a pro at this.

It is clear from the very beginning that Ann 's emotional connection with weight loss stems from her aunt and her family, as well-intentioned as they may be.

For the majority of her life, Annie has had to deal with her grandmother 's issues over Ann 's weight, and consequently, it becomes her problem as well.I loved the fact that the teens in this ook are not stereotyped into your typical high school cliques.

Her chain-smoking grandma with the unfortunate habit of calling everyone a " fat-ass " ( not helpful for Ann), her complicated brother and his deliberately provocative and rocky relationship with their grandparents, her " perfect " stepfamily with the politically aspirational and well-meaning stepfather, the little twins Liberty and Justice ( AKA Libby and Judd; I said their father is an aspiring politician, did n't I?), the supportive gay aunt and her lovely soon-to-be wife, the step-grandmother who redefines passive-aggressiveness ( the breakfast scene is awesome), and above all, nn 's complex relationship with her mother.Despite Ann 's mother 's overbearing attempts at changing her daughter by making her lose weight, you get the notio that her mother truly loves her.

I do n't want to hear her act all sympathetic like she gets it. " Recommended for those who want a well-written YA book with an intriguin cast that will leave you feeling happy, and full.

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But the resolution left much to be desired. ( view spoiler) [ When Ann " caused a scene ", FINALLY expressing her feelings as 17 year olds want to do, she was invalidated by her closest confidan, her uncle.

Regardless of what Ann 's mother faced, " doing the best you can " does NOT excuse verbal and emotional abuse.

( hide spoiler) ] Overall, this read like a hopeful story by a narrator still entrenched in diet culture, hoping against hope that she understands what the oal of self-acceptance looks like.

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Considering what a big issue weight is in American society, it 's rather startling how few books there are that take that perspective and deal with it in an open, feeling, non-shaming way, and the nly ook I can think of aside from 45 Pounds is The irl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, which is n't remotely our society.

Though I know there are some others I have n't read, 45 Pounds is still a much-needed book that takes a heartbreaking look at insecurities, where they come from, and what to do about them.K. A.

Barson emphasizes that a person can not be forced to change their thinking, and that putting too much pressure, one way or another, on someone 's diet is liable to make things worse rather than better.

What 's great too is that, though Susa does want to lose weight and be skinny and pretty, her goal weight is actually always set a couple of pounds above the high end of " healthy weights " for her height, showing that those are just numbers and that varies from person to person.For readers who have been disappointed by the lack of familiar focus in young adult novel, 45 Pounds has a very strong focus on that.

Claire has huge issues with her niec.

He never looks down on Ann for her weight, but he 's also not a manicpixiedreamboy, because he 's ort of quirk and really takes his time about things.

Though generally I do n't think romance needs to be in every ook, I 'm very glad there was one here.My one reservation with 45 Pounds is that some plot elements did seem to disappear or not get as fully resolved as I would have liked.

Similarly, Ann 's father and his step-family comes up a couple of times, but I felt like there should have been ore to it.

Barson tackles weight issues in a sympathetic way, while also covering themes of friendship and family.

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