Monday, September 23, 2013
45 Pounds (More or Less), by K.A. Barson
I loved Ann's voice in the novel; she really made you feel like you were living her experiences. You could feel the judgements that people make on others that are obese, and the way people blame fat people for their problems. It was pretty obvious.
K.A. Barson also captured high school mean girl culture very astutely. There's a group of girls in Anne's class called "The Knees" - Courtney, Raynee, Tiffany, and Melanie, who seem to want to make everyone's lives miserable.
There was some bad language in the novel, but I'd recommend it to my 8th graders.