45 Pounds (More or less) by K. A. Barson
Published July 11th 2013 by Viking Juvenile
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!
Review: 45 pounds is a good book. It is well written, funny and honest. 45 pounds revolves around Ann and her struggle with weight loss and trying to find comfort in her own skin. Ann has always been on the heavier side and everyone around her seems to be of “normal” weight, especially her mother. So when Ann gets an invitation to her aunt’s wedding, she decides to lose 45 pounds before the wedding with the help of an infomercial weight loss programme.
45 pounds really hits home for me. I have been in a position where I really loathed how I looked or thought “we’ll I gained a few pounds, might as well eat this cheeseburger”. Ann is so honest with her feelings and I understood where she coming from and the struggles that she’s having with everyone calling her fat. Ann’s progression in the book was so phenomenal. Her character grew in so many ways that I just beamed from chapter to chapter. I really liked Ann as a protagonist because while she was honest, she wasn’t too honest that made her hateful. There are bits and bobs where I found her to be a tad bratty, especially when it came to her family which did turn me off initially but because she made strides to try and change and accept the help she’s offered, her character as a whole developed nicely and rather wholesome. Ann’s relationship development with her mother is definitely one that I enjoyed reading about as well as her friendship with Raynee.
Now on to the things i didn’t like. One in particular was Ann’s relationship with her best friend. I’m not sure if I just missed it but I don’t seem to recall why they stopped being friends or why she’s the way she is. It didn’t even seem like they had a relationship, even as they met up. There was no indication that they were best friends, even if it was a while ago. It’s redundant in the sense that she’s supposedly the best friend but she rarely shows up and is so insignificant even though she’s the “best friend” and is one of the “issues” that Ann was facing earlier on in the book.
I’m also not really a big fan of the love interest. We didn’t get to see much of him nor their relationship so it was a little bit odd to always see him mentioned but you know nothing about this guy. It’s just hard to root for a fella you don’t know, okay?
There are a lot of great discussion topics that come with this book. As society progresses on, we become more self conscious and a lot of the time I hear young girls worry about how they look or if they’re fat or not. Not everybody can look like the cookie cutter Hollywood star and this book could really reach out to the masses and tell them: it’s okay to be you. We shouldn’t be so obsessed with how we look or what we eat, so much that we starve ourselves to look “better”. You can be the best version of yourself by doing it the healthy and right way. And of course, we shouldn’t forget the little things like seeking comfort in supportive friends and family. 45 pounds is such a wonderful read, with so much real potential in helping to change mind sets.