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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!

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"Telling the story in Ann's wry, realistic voice, this debut author effectively captures society's preoccupation with size and the resulting alienation of an overweight teen. With a chain-smoking grandmother whose language is peppered with 'fat-ass,' relatives and friends who are slyly disparaging about her weight, and a mother who constantly prods her about dieting, the message could be heavy-handed. But Barson lightens the tone with almost cinematic humor, ensuring that even the most painful scenes have a slapstick edge. The ticking clock behind the wedding deadline gives the story real momentum, and while the ending is all nuptial jubilation, it is also a realistic summer's end for Ann." -- Martha Baden, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 12 and up
Author Kelly Barson
ISBN 0670784826
Publication Date Jul 11, 2013
Publisher Viking Juvenile
Language English