My book crush of the week goes to K.A. Barson's fabulous debut, a contemporary YA called 45 Pounds (More or Less). I wish this book had been around for Teen Me - and all the girls who've struggled at some point in their lives with body issues.
Puberty wasn't kind to me. Like main character Ann Galardi, I put on a lot of weight. I hated gym class, especially running. Growing a few inches taller helped, but I wasn't really comfortable with my body until I started to get into sports. Taking up swimming and later figure skating made me feel good because it re-focused me on all the amazing things my body could do.
Other things I loved about this book? Shy Jon, who likes Ann for who she is inside. Raynee and the many other well-developed secondary characters. Aunt Jackie and her bride's awesome wedding vows. And too many things I don't want to share here because I'll spoil the book!
Reflections on Writing
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