45 Pounds (More or Less)

Pounds More or Less Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi s life She is And a size Her perfect mother is a size Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in weeks and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid So Ann makes up her

  • Title: 45 Pounds (More or Less)
  • Author: K.A. Barson
  • ISBN: 9780670784820
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 8 weeks, and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid.So Ann makes up her mind Time to lose 45 pounds or less in two months.Welcome to the world of informercial diet plans, terrifying wedding dance lessons, endless run ins with the cutest guHere 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 8 weeks, and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid.So Ann makes up her mind Time to lose 45 pounds or less in two months.Welcome to the world of informercial diet plans, terrifying 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 thing It s all about feeling comfortable in your own skin no matter how you add it up Deliciously relatable with a lot of laughter on the side Rita Williams Garcia, New York Times best selling author

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    1. K.A. Barson

      K.A Barson graduated from Vermont College of Fine Arts with an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults She and her husband live in Jackson, Michigan, surrounded by kids, grandkids, unruly dogs, and too many pairs of shoes.


    1. Empathy: Noun;The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.I'm not going to insult the main character of this book by saying, "I empathize with her." I cannot. I don't know what it's like to be fat. I don't know what it's like to experience snide comments about one's weight from a complete stranger. I don't know the mortification of trying on a dress a few sizes too small and then, horror of all horrors, becoming stuck in it. I don't know what it is like to have a perfectionist mo [...]

    2. I unexpectedly received this book in the mail a few days ago from Penguin Teen and was curious about it, so immediately picked it up. This is my favorite kind of book-- 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. She has a stick thin perfect mother who has apparently never worried about weight her entire life, and has difficulty making new friends. She's struggled t [...]

    3. Weight issues in YA are generally really poorly handled. In fact, I can only think of a couple of heroines who aren't very skinny. 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 only book I can think of aside from 45 Pounds is The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson, which isn't remotely our society. Though I know there are some others I haven't r [...]

    4. 45 Pounds (more or less) by K.A. BarsonLet me start out by saying that this book needs to be read by every woman in America (15-80). Ann Galardi is an overweight teen the blurb says she is 16 and a size 17. I can relate because I remember in my 4th grade God Bless America play we had to wear a red white or blue dress and my mother taking me shopping just to find that there were not any dresses in those colors that fit. I ended up getting a maternity navy and white striped shirt and wore it as a [...]

    5. An OK look at eating disorders and body image mania, but I felt it was at times a bit heavy-handed. Subtlety can go a long way, and this book has all the subtlety of a group of nuns in a strip club. And to be totally honest, I got a little tired of Ann's whining, and found her healthy turnaround a bit abrupt considering she'd spent most of her life eating her feelings. She needs therapy, but that would be messy and, I suppose, not fit the storyline? I have yet to figure out why authors don't tak [...]

    6. This is definitely one of those books that I wished would have done better with the issues it faced. Ann is easy to relate too, having been a fat teen myself. 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 ally, her grandmother. Regardless of what Ann's mother faced, "doing the best you can" does NOT excuse verbal and emotional abuse. On top of that, the only time [...]

    7. This book is a must read. Period. I loved everything about it! Everything. Ann is hilarious. She is so real, it will be hard not to relate to her. The opening scene begins with her bathing suit shopping while her mom picks up a "motivational" teeny tiny bikini for Ann. This is not Ann's idea of motivation to lose weight. It's a nagging reminder of how far she is from being able to wear anything in that department store. Who hasn't felt like that at some point, right? 45 Pounds starts off being a [...]

    8. This book is just so good, so smart, well-written, honest, and real—I can’t understand why it didn’t make a bigger name for itself when it was first released. Though, of course, I honestly stayed away, thinking that this was going to be too focused on weight loss and body image to the point of being a “message” book (the way Fat Cat, admittedly an amazing book, did). But while 45 Pounds is certainly about Ann’s plan to lose weight for her aunt’s wedding, I never once felt like Bars [...]

    9. With both humor and depth, the story of Ann's resilence, determination, and strength will inspire readers on their own journey toward a sparkly new life.

    10. I wanted to like this more than I did but Ann's spending habits were atrocious, and this is coming from a jobless teenage girl who is a little too fond of retail therapy for someone who looks like a monkey in a paper bag and also happens to be perpetually broke.

    11. Ann Galardi is sixteen and deals with all of her problems by overeating. Her mother also has an unhealthy relationship with food, though, in the opposite direction (she’s practically anorexic). Both of them constantly worry about being/becoming overweight and have very negative fattitudes. When Ann learns that her lesbian aunts are getting married, she decides to make her own commitment – to losing 45 lbs – before the wedding. She purchases a diet and meal plan from an infomercial, and has [...]

    12. I reallly hate to start rating books two-stars so early into my 2014 reading year (whoo, whoo!) but the more I think about this, the more it leaves me with a sour taste in my mouth. The whole book--despite the quote on the cover that says it's funny--was anything but. I maybe laughed once. More than anything, the main character--Ann--was just pitiful. And her supporting cast? An even bigger group of pitiful, unlikable characters--aside from Raynee, who really was the best thing about this book. [...]

    13. Recommended for fans of: YA ContemporaryThis book really hit home. It’s not just for teens that have struggled with their weight, but for anyone who has ever had a problem in life they felt they had no control over. Ann’s just happens to be her weight. She thinks that all of her troubles will be solved if she can just lose 45 pounds. Even with the low self esteem, she’s a very likeable MC, easy to relate to. She’s also a bit clueless. I love how Ann’s character develops throughout the [...]

    14. This book I devoured in a day. After reading so many paranormal teen books I thought it would be interesting to get out of that genre and read something different. I am very glad that I did. This book is so relatable its scary. Like many teenagers I struggled with my self esteem and always thought I needed to lose weight. Ann's personality pretty much mirrored my own and I have never had that occur to me in a book before. I give a two thumbs up for K.A Barson for nailing her first novel for that [...]

    15. I loved this book.I had a whole review written, and fabulous just deleted it.Basically, this author gets that being fat is not as simple as a lack of self-control. I think this was a brilliant debut, and I'm so glad I got to read it. One of the best books I've read this year. I loved every single character. Read it. You won't be disappointed.

    16. So refreshing to read a realistic book about weight struggles! This book was adorable. Loved it.

    17. i know this book is fiction but they made the main character ann everything we as women face everyday. there’s the insecurities, the troubles with gaining and losing weight, the everyday struggles of being judged or judging yourself before someone else can, being scared to speak up for yourself, lack of women empowerment, and so much more! i was angry for this character and angry at this character. it just shows what happens when we don’t put ourself first and we seek love and approval from [...]

    18. 4.5 starsOriginally posted at Writer of WrongsRating: Hilarious, heartfelt, and so emotionally true. Anybody who has ever felt self-conscious about the way he or she looks (so everyone) will be able to relate.The cover: It's cute! It didn't necessarily grab me, and it caused me to pass on requesting this on Netgalley (stupid, stupid, stupid!), but that's my own problem. I love the butter yellow and the two font titles, though I wish you could see more of Ann.The story: I'm IN LOVE with this book [...]

    19. If you have been following our blog for a while, you would have remembered this book from our previous Waiting on Wednesday pick. All over the world, teens are having problems with weight. The media puts a lot of pressure on teens, and how the "perfect" image is to have the "perfect" body and the "perfect" face. That's where a lot of girls either starve themselves or go on extreme diets, but they never really think about their health. I come from an extremely healthy family, and reading books th [...]

    20. I received this book from Net-Galley as an ARC. I picked this book to read and was so excited when I was approved to read it. I know how Ann feels. I was and sometimes still am Ann. Ann is a teenager, that is so focused on food that its all she thinks about. She's obsessed and her mother is obsessed with what she eats, which only makes Ann more obsessed with food. Shopping is painful, having friends is non existent, well real ones anyway. Ann just feels like no one understands her, no one wants [...]

    21. I can't imagine any female over the age of 13 not loving this book. I feel like we can all relate to body issues, especially those related to food. And I'm pretty sure we've all felt fat at some point (whether or not we actually are). But Ann really is fat, and I can say that because we are about the same size and I am fat. But that's not all there is to Ann. She's incredibly smart and funny and sweet and just a kickass person. Watching her grow as a person (while simultaneously shrinking as a p [...]

    22. 45 Pounds (More or Less) is the funniest book I have ever read about an issue that American Teens are facing in this skinny minny world we live in. I have lived Ann's life. I was skinny all my life until I hit 18 years old and then I gained a little weight at college and then I gained weight when I had my children and it is a nightmare. Society sees fat as disgusting and not beautiful but beauty is skin deep because being skinny is not what it is cracked up to be.Ann is trying so hard to lose we [...]

    23. I'm not sure why I read this, since none of the genres or subgenres into which this book falls interest me, but I had a free evening and no desire to challenge myself intellectually, so I polished it off in an hour or so. I used to be a chubby, self-loathing teenager myself, so I felt some measure of sympathy with the protagonist, but after 200 pages of exploring the dull inner life of Ann, punctuated by intermittent oleaginous descriptions of the food she either can't or shouldn't be eating, I [...]

    24. I've always had issues with my weight, from the time I was in middle-school, all through my teen years, to even now. I was never one of the skinny girls who could just shop anywhere and find super cute clothes when I read the blurb for K.A. Barson's 45 Pounds (More or Less) I just new it would be relatable, and relatable it was! This YA Contemp is not only wonderfully relatable, but also funny, thought-provoking, and unexpectedly touching.Sixteen year old Ann is a size 17 and not comfortable in [...]

    25. Ann's parents have started two separate families, neither of which she feels truly a party of. Her older brother has gone away to college and seemingly disowned them all. Her best friend Cassie has found new best friends while Ann wasn't watching. But food hasn't moved an inch. Or rather it has, but those inches have been on her waistline. Food is a welcome friend. It's something she can control, and something soothing. Something that makes the pain go away.That is, until she's shopping with her [...]

    26. Thank you NetGalley and K.A. Barson for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review. When we think of a book addressing body issues, most of us want to gag, right? I mean, usually it is about someone totally un-relateable and it just makes us want to stuff another cookie in our mouths. But this book was delightfully different! As a "curvy" gal myself, I have battled the scales since an early age. I remember friends being so skinny they were almost bones. But I was the excep [...]

    27. I almost gave up on this sweet, engaging book in the first few pages. I loved the opening scene, where the fat heroine, Ann, goes through the torturous process of clothes shopping with her overbearing mother. Then it descended into what I felt was offensive stereotyping - Ann gorges herself on food to deal with her anger and frustration. I didn't want to read any more at this point. Why perpetuate the idea that fat people are all lazy gluttons who just need some self control to get thin? Why dep [...]

    28. Anne is a fat girl with a "missing" brother" and 2 dysfunctional families: her mom, her stepdad, and his two new twin siblings; and his dad, his stepmother, his stepsiblings, and his new brother. We may add a lesbian aunt and her partner, and a grandma, who's unique. Anne spends her life "eating" feelings for all her relatives: an absent [and dickhead] father, an overachiever mom, a quite stepdad, a neurotic stepmom, and so on. She spends her days eating, and being quiet as a mouse, trying not [...]

    29. Who hasn't struggled with her weight? Felt awkward standing on the sidelines? Wanting to be part of things but hanging back because you feel you're too fat? These are familiar themes for a lot of us but K.A. Barson adds some levity and fun to these "weighty" matters. I rather enjoyed this book and even read up in the middle of the night during a little bout of insomnia and was surprised how long I'd read. Ann is experiencing other troubles and she's learned to cope with food, as many people do-- [...]

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