45 Pounds {More or Less}: A Book Review

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45 Pounds (More or Less)45 Pounds {More or Less} by K.A. Barson

Summary: 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!

{kindly taken from Goodreads}

My Thoughts: Even from just reading the summary, I could tell I was going to be in for a delightful read. K.A. Barson did an amazing job blending together a heartwarming story with humor and wit, without ever coming off as preachy. This is her debut novel, and despite a few issues {minor, though, at most}, I can not wait to read her next book!

To put it frankly, Ann had always been “the fat girl.” She has been teased behind her back, called names straight to her face, and she even feels that her mother can’t look at her without disgust. So, with her aunt’s wedding coming up, Ann takes it as an opportunity to try to lose weight one more time. She has tried diets before, but they’ve always failed. How will she find the strength to get through this? One thing that I loved about Ann is that she is flawed; yet, both she and the reader know that and accept that. Ann knows that her family isn’t perfect, and she knows that her attitude towards food is not healthy. She also could be annoying, and her excuses got in the way of things, but guess what?! That was okay! I loved that the author actually wrote about a normal teenager, instead of making her go on this amazing journey where everything ended perfectly when Ann lost the weight. Never having to go through that myself, I can’t say if that is true or not, but while reading it, her story came off as genuine and truthful.

Leading off of that same thought, the supporting characters were realistic as well. The love interest was your normal, run-of-the-mill teenage boy {no Hollywood cutie here!}, and the mean girls didn’t own anything outrageous. If you’re looking for a pretty accurate look at a teenager’s world, this is a good one. I liked watching every character develop as the story continued. I particularly liked seeing the many layers to Ann’s mom. She had more to her than I first thought!

One of my teeny complaints was the helping Libby storyline. About halfway through the story, when Ann wants to give up on her diet, she overhears her four-year old sister telling herself she is too fat. {Is that heartbreaking, or what?!} Now, that obviously adds a whole new storyline to the plot, and there is already so many messages being taught. I just wish, because eating disorders and attitudes toward food are so important, that the author pushed that closer to the beginning. I think it deserved more development and time, especially because of how crucial of a message healthy eating is!

Overall, however, I truly enjoyed 45 Pounds {More or Less}! I definitely plan to recommend it to YA fans in the future :)

Pros: Developed and realistic characters.

Cons: I wish that one of the more important storylines received more attention in the beginning.

Heads Up: A few minor language uses.

Overall: I give it 4 1/2 stars {**** 1/2} and I recommend it for ages 12 and up.

Have a wonderful day!

B :)

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