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45 Pounds (More or Less)

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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 2 months, and wants Ann to be a bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less).

Welcome to the world of informercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, endless 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!

K.A. Barson's sparkling debut is "deliciously relatable, with a lot of laughter on the side." -- Rita Williams-Garcia, New York Times best-selling author

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 05, 2013 – When 16-year-old Ann's aunt and longtime partner announce they are getting married in two months, the size 17 teenager decides, "I'll need to lose forty-five pounds. By the middle of August." First, she turns to a line of expensive (and gross-tasting) products she saw in an infomercial. But when her impressionable little sister, Libby, develops dangerous eating habits, Ann opts to be a more positive role model—after all, "eating shouldn't be a punishment." Characters are often overly scripted, such as Ann's small-minded step-grandmother and Libby, who tells her teddy bear, "No more cake for you. You are too fat already." However, Ann's frank tone and levelheaded attitude should evoke compassion and understanding. First-time novelist Barson urges readers to think critically about women's obsession with food, diets, and weight, as well as societal prejudice directed at large people. When Ann's mother makes a snide comment about an overweight couple at a fast food restaurant, Ann thinks, "So what if they eat here everyday?.... Are they hurting anyone?" Ages 12–up.

Customer Reviews

Barton is the new Blume

It is rare to come across a young adult book about a teenage girl that doesn't involve supernatural creatures. Escapism literature has its place but finally here is a book that helps young women with the reality of a weight obsessed society. Barton captures the drama of a sweet sixteen year old girl coming to terms with not just her weight but also it's impact on her family and social life. Ann is a girl we all know or have been or still are. The girl trapped in a department store dressing room tangled up in the fabric of a too-small dress.

45 pounds (more or less)

I got the hardback copy from barns and noble........and I loved this book sooooo much! I am a twelve year old girl and there is some language in this book but the whole time you are reading this book you will be rooting for Ann! I am very sad the book is over now and I am hoping Kelly barson writes another very soon!!

45 Pounds (More or Less)
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  • $9.99
  • Level: Seventh Grade
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction
  • Published: Jul 11, 2013
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Seller: Penguin Group (USA) Inc.
  • Print Length: 272 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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