Today I'm reviewing 45 Pounds by K.A. Barson.
On to the review!
Summary from GoodReads:
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!
45 Pounds was fabulous, I wish that this book had been available when I was Ann's age. Not only is Ann a terrific protagonist but her whole family is well written. Normally it's hard to sell me on contemporary YA unless it's really something extra special, and this definitely qualifies. I've struggled with my weight all my life and this book definitely got it right when it comes to the dieting mindset as well as dealing with difficult family members and peers. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is discouraged with dieting and to their friends and family who are trying to understand their perspective.