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45 Pounds (More or Less)

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45 Pounds (More or Less)

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256pp
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Overview

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!

K.A. Barson's sparkling debut is "deliciously relatable, with a lot of laughter on the side." — Rita Williams-Garcia, New York Times best-selling author

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Discuss the setting and the role it played. Describe when and where the story takes place.
Who are the main characters? What problems or conflicts does each character face in the book? Briefly describe each character.
What are the good points of this book? What did the author do well? Tell why you liked the book.
What, if any, were the bad points in the book? What did you feel the author did poorly? Tell why you didn't like the book.
This is where you give a brief summary of the book. Tell about at least two events that took place in the story. Don't give away the ending but give a 20 second synopsis that describes the story.
Without giving away the ending tell whether or not the ending was satisfying. Did the end fit the story?
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Story held my interest 
 
3.5
Writing style 
 
3.5
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45 Pounds (more or less)

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Setting
The book is written sometime in the present day. Similar to the world teens live in now. The same struggles as a lot of girls are going through in high school. The small town in which she lives is not any help with her weight or self-esteem issues. The suburban area that she lives in is so small anyone could walk through the whole thing in less than fifteen min. Ann lives in her grandmother’s house, and doesn’t seem happy there. Barson did a good job describing the way the town was.
Characters
As the main character in the book Ann is sort of flat. The book was good, but for a main character, for me at least, she seemed to not have much depth, but she did have more than the others in the book. Through the whole storyline she is trying to reach for a goal which she doesn’t believe she can accomplish. Other than being sort of a plain character, I could relate very well with some of the struggles she went through. Even if there was not a whole lot other than what was put right in front of me, the issues in the book were plausible. They really are a concern in today’s society. Barson did well with the relatable problems, but I wish she had put more thought into a back story. The other characters were less than Ann, in a sense that they didn’t have any depth. The only other character that was a little thought out was Ann’s mother. She is the reason behind Ann’s weight gain, and the reason she wants to lose it all. Other than that Ann’s mother is not a very obvious character in the book.
Good Points
I really enjoyed this book because of how relatable. Barson clearly looked into the mind of teenagers today and found what the real struggles are in their lives. She had a little bit of every kind of drama you could think of; weight, boys, family, divorce, and self-esteem. That was one of my favorite parts of the book. I enjoyed how she incorporated the small town drama into the book as well.
Bad Points
Barson wrote a pretty good book, but if I was going to compare it to other books it would look plain. The characters were dull with very little back story, which was disappointing, and her writing style was sort of plain as well. The story line was good but if the book wasn’t so relatable, it would just be another teenage story with no real point. This book was a summer read, just for fun.
Plot Summary
Kelly Barson wrote 45 Pounds (more or less) about a sixteen year old girl who has a goal to lose 45 pounds before her aunt’s wedding. The girls name is Ann and she has had a problem with weight for a while. She is a size 17 and she thinks that is bad. Her role model, her mother, is a size 6 and Ann thins that is more perfect. So to lose the weight she had tried the television infomercial weight loss programs, but she couldn’t stick to them, and she couldn’t lose any weight from it. The lack of self-esteem from Ann in this book is very apparent. She feels her parents divorce personally, and has gained weight from that. Throughout the book she struggles in the book to reach her goal.
Ending
In the end I was satisfied with what happened to Ann. Barson had a very good point in the end. Something I feel every girl who can relate with Ann should know. The ending was very predictable. How else is a book about an overweight girl with self-image issues supposed to end? Even with it being predictable the message was great all the same. Everyone is beautiful when they are confident in their looks and their lives. Overall a good ending to a good book.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Story held my interest 
 
4.5
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0

45 Pounds review

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Setting
The setting allows almost everyone to relate to it. The books starts out in a suburban area at the beginning of summer with everyone getting a jump on the fun three months they are going to have. This setting allows many readers to relate to the character and everything she does throughout her summer. There are several other little settings that help the story as well. There is Ann’s house which is where she tries to spend most of her time to avoid people. Then there is a small clothing store called Snapz. This store is Ann’s favorite but it is also where she feels the most uncomfortable. All these settings help the story of Ann progress to what the reader wishes will happen in the end.
Characters
Ann is the main character. Ann was effective for the book because it’s what Barson was going for. The character of Ann allows many to relate to her experience because in some way it’s happened to all of us. Ann doesn’t get along with her mother and has a hard time making friends because she doesn’t like herself. Many can relate to this because most everyone wishes they could be better in some way. Another character that was very helpful to the book was Raynee. Raynee was a popular girl in Ann’s eyes and no one would have ever of thought that the two would become friends. Raynee was important to the novel because she helped the main character, Ann, to begin to like herself and she didn’t care about what Ann looked like. Raynee was a very successful side character because it helped the book become even more relatable to the reader and it helped the book get its meaning.
Good Points
Overall, K.A. Barson wrote a very interesting and relatable novel for realistic fiction readers. The writing style she chose was first person so the reader could really see what and how Ann felt throughout the book. Her writing style was also very well thought out. She didn’t skip on the details and she was very thorough in explain things through Ann’s eyes.
Bad Points
Barson could have added a few more details about Ann’s past to really see her character grow. Also, she could have included several other details about Ann’s brother and Father and what happened with them more.
Plot Summary
45 Pounds by K.A. Barson is a very funny and everyday type of situations book. This book has everything that a teenage girl could relate to. The novel starts off with introducing the main character Ann Galardi. Ann is a typical teenager girl but has a little trouble with weight. She has tried to lose weight several times with different programs but she couldn’t stick to them. With her Aunts upcoming wedding, Ann is determined to lose forty five pounds and fit into a dress she likes. Throughout all this, Ann has other side issues that she needs to take care of that leads to her losing a close friend but gaining an even better one.
Ending
The ending to 45 Pounds was very satisfying. It tied the entire book together and really answered all of the questions the reader could have had. The ending wasn’t at all rushed like other books seem to have and it came at a perfect time in the book leaving the reader without questions and satisfied. The book will make readers remember it for a while and make them always think about that relatable character Ann. The overall message the author was trying to get to was that everyone should feel comfortable in their skin and love who they truly are.

Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
4.5

45 pounds (More or Less)

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Setting
The setting takes place in a suburban, modern day area, somewhere in Michigan. It shows her at her home and at school. But mostly she is often at the mall and her grandma’s house. She went to different places for different reasons. For example she went to the mall to find a dress for the wedding, which her trips usually fall short.
Characters
Ann is the main character.
Ann’s character was actually pretty developed. Barson made her very relatable for those that struggle with weight problems or eating unhealthy. That’s one of the reasons why I liked the book very much because she was relatable and just a teen girl who wanted to lose weight. Her mother was pretty effective as well. She bothered me a lot because of how rude she was to Ann. So when Ann was sad about her mother, so was I. These two characters had many conflicts; Ann’s mother was actually one of her big problems that made her feel the way she does about herself.
Good Points
The good points of this book are that it was actually very relatable to my life. I have the same thing going. My cousin’s getting married and I am in line and my mom wants me to lose weight. Although I feel that I’m perfectly fine, that is where the difference is, because she feels just the opposite. But yeah I liked how Barson wanted to express how it’s good to be healthy and in doing so, you’ll feel good about yourself.
Bad Points
The bad points, is that in way it was kind of predictable. The events that occurred were all too real, because what I expected to happen happened. I didn’t like that very much. I wanted to be surprised if anything and make it have some kind of plot twist. Like what if the mother wasn’t so rude but supportive, would that have made it easier for her to lose weight. So I wished some elements like that were thrust in.
Plot Summary
45 pounds (More or Less) by K.A Barson is a book about a girl named Ann who is a bigger size than that of the average teen. Her aunt’s wedding is coming up soon and she wants Ann to take part in the line. Ann takes it upon herself to lose at least 45 pounds. The book shows her going through a series of different diet plans, exercising, and sometimes falling off course in order to lose as much weight as possible.
Ending
I thought the ending of the book was satisfactory. Barson was able to convey the point that she wanted to make. This was just being overall healthy and in doing that you’ll feel good about yourself. I believe this was her complete point that she wanted to make. It was great and very relatable, predictable, but a good read.

Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
G
Sexual Content
G
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
G
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.5
Characters 
 
4.5

45 Pounds (more or less)

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Setting
The story is based present day in a suburban area where every social hanging area is within walking distance. The town is small and fitting though, Ann wishes there was more to the town. In the story, Ann spends most of her time at her house, where she has little happiness, her grandmother’s house, where she feels worse about herself, and the town mall, where she is to find the perfect dress for her aunts upcoming wedding.
Characters
Ann’s character is a very relatable character with many teens. Her issues with her weight, self-confidence and self-discipline get in the way of many great opportunities. She doesn’t have the healthiest relationships with her mother, siblings, or step family. No other character in the story is really much spoken of; there wasn’t much detail to other characters. However, Ann’s step grandmother, Regina, is very judgmental towards Ann and her mother. She would always be putting Ann down, discouraging her and insulting.
Good Points
This novel contains many events that capture your attention and will certainly keep you reading. It has many great points and is very well written. It’s a very encouraging book which really helps in the long run. The story and plot are very relatable to teens and young adults. Barson used the setting and story line very well that the reader is surely in for a treat.
Bad Points
As much as I enjoyed the book, I felt as I was reading it, I could predict what was going to happen next. The book, as I said is very relatable, but that is what makes it so predictable. The reader understands the character and the struggles throughout the book that they knew the kind of choices the main character would make next.
Plot Summary

45 Pounds by K.A. Barson is about a teenage girl named Ann who is struggling in life with her wait. She feels as though her weight is keeping her from doing many things in life. Her parents are divorced which makes her feel horrible inside and makes her want to eat more. Her mom is skinnier and prettier than she is and Ann feels as though she won’t be able to lose weight by the day of her aunts wedding.
Ending
The ending of this book is something I really enjoyed, besides being predictable, Barson was very clear with making her point. No matter what size anyone may be, they are beautiful no matter what. That sounds so cheesy, but Barson wrote it in such a way that is uplifting and inspirational. The ending fit the story well and makes readers just how beautiful they really are.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
PG
Overall rating 
 
4.3
Story held my interest 
 
4.0
Writing style 
 
4.0
Characters 
 
5.0

45 Pounds

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Setting
Many people struggle with their weight. In the book 45 Pounds by K.A. Barson is about a teen girl's struggles with weight and self-loathing. With Ann, the main character’s parents divorced this makes it even more difficult to cope with her weight when all she wants to do is eat. Plus her mother is skinnier and prettier than her as she says. She is constantly bashing on her own weight and she rejects some opportunities because of it. She is a very typical teenager that a lot of people can relate to. The book takes place more or less in shopping places trying to find the right dress for Ann.
Characters
Ann’s mother is one of the reasons why she eats as much as she does. She envy’s her mother in a way that only overweight teenage girls with perfect moms can understand. She is jealous of her perfect size 6 mother. Her mother tries to get her to diet and they’ve tried everything to get her to lose the weight. She just doesn’t want to. With her aunt Jackie’s wedding coming up she tries to lose weight one more time. This wedding motivates her into getting into a cute dress. It works, too. Her aunt has a good impact on her life not just because she lost weight but because she wasn’t one to put her down.
About half way through the story she over hears her little sister telling herself that she is fat. This is about when Ann wants to give up on her diet. This is a conflict for Ann because she doesn’t know what to do. All she can do is stick to her diet and explain to her sister that she’s not what she says she is.
Good Points
I believe the author did very well. I enjoyed reading this book because I can relate so well and the author describes everything into detail. Her story came off as genuine and truthful. All around this book is worth reading.
Bad Points
I also believe the author could’ve done a better job at describing the feelings of other people and not just Ann.
Plot Summary
With Ann, the main character’s parents divorced this makes it even more difficult to cope with her weight when all she wants to do is eat. Plus her mother is skinnier and prettier than her as she says. She is constantly bashing on her own weight and she rejects some opportunities because of it. She is a very typical teenager that a lot of people can relate to. The book takes place more or less in shopping places trying to find the right dress for Ann.
Ending
In my opinion the ending fit the story very well. It was a happy ending and I was satisfied with it. The author was trying to prove a point. That no matter what size you are, you can still be a good person. I would suggest this book to young adults, specifically ones that are struggling with their weight. I could read this book over and over again. In the end, everyone is happy and this book is truly a happily ever after.
Do you recommend this book?
Yes
Language
PG-13
Sexual Content
PG
Violence
G
Drug and Alcohol Use
R
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