The Compulsive Reader: 45 Pounds (More Or Less) by K.A. Barson

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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

Ann knows that she's overweight, and that she should probably work harder to lose weight. Maybe if she finally shed those pounds, she could stop cutting off all of her clothing tags and finally wear a cute swimsuit. Maybe her thin mother would finally get off her back. Maybe clothes shopping could actually be enjoyable. When Ann's aunt Jackie gets engaged and wants Ann to be a bridesmaid, Ann thinks she finally has found the impetus to lose the weight once and for all—forty-five pounds, more or less, in two months.

45 Pounds (More or Less) is the sort of novel that pulls you in with its humor and relatable voice, but Ann's character and how K.A. Barson handles the many complicated relationships—with food and image, with family and friends—will make readers fall in love with this novel. Ann is an excellent narrator; her witty voice and determined nature are so likable, and her courage to own up to her mistakes throughout the novel makes her an admirable heroine. Ann quickly learns that the problems she has aren’t necessarily connected to weight; she needs to learn how to talk with her mother, and be aware of the example both Ann and her mom are setting for her younger sister. In between all of this drama, Ann struggles with how to connect with her fractured family, the trials of a new summer job and new friends, and the cute boy who seems to show up at the most random and surprising moments. Barson's message that body image isn't always about weight, and that meals shouldn't feel like punishment is an excellent one, and Ann’s story is both heartbreaking and optimistic. 45 Pounds (More or Less) is funny, smart, with a memorable story that is sure to resonate with readers. K.A. Barson is an author to watch.

Cover Comments: I love this cover. The colors are great, and I just really like clothes piled up. Barson has some really funny (and really painful) shopping scenes in this book, and I really connected to Ann in those scenes. I like that the more tangible angst when it comes to weight--the difficulty in finding clothes that fit--is represented on the cover.

This book will be out July 11th, 2013!

ARC provided by publisher.

1 comment:

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

I'm going to add this to my shopping list, I love books like what you made this sound :D