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

Ann Galardi hates being fat. She hates that nothing fits, that no diet has ever seemed to work, and that her super-thin, beautiful mother criticizes her every bite. But no more. After watching an infomercial for a new weight-loss system, Ann decides that it’s finally time to take off her extra weight – just in time for her Aunt’s wedding. Using the system, she’ll drop the weight, look gorgeous, and finally have the life she’s wanted. However, through her process, Ann discovers that there’s more to having a perfect body than a number on the scale, and that weight loss doesn’t always mean instant happiness.

This book will not keep you on the edge of your seat. You’ll probably be able to figure out what happens before it ends, and you might be frustrated by some of the more predictable elements. That said, it’s a quick, fun read that has some important messages about body image and weight loss. In a world where the “perfect” body is slapped on every billboard and commercial possible, teens (and everyone, really) are under more pressure to look they way the media says they should look. What’s more, teens often find themselves under the same pressure at home. Eating disorders are sometimes characterized as successful tools to maintain weight, with health thrown out the window and beauty on a pedestal. Though sometimes preachy, Barson’s books tackles these issues head on, and I liked what she had to say. This isn’t a “how-to-lose-weight” book, and it’s not even a “you’re-beautiful-no-matter-what” book. It’s about being healthy, and I appreciated it very much.

Rating: 3.5/5

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