Friday, March 20, 2015

Book Talk & Giveaway: 45 POUNDS (MORE OR LESS) by K.A. Barson

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Ann has done all the diets, hit all the pills. But Aunt Jackie's impending wedding might be the kicker she needs to actually stick to it... this time. The latest info-merical promises things she can't believe at prices she can't afford, but Ann's willing to try anything that might push her size 17 down a little closer to mom's perfect size 6.

Shame keeps her hiding the new diet from the family, that and the fact that she knows if her mother encourages her she'll resent it and quit out of spite. Ann's only option to afford the food she hates eating is to get a job. And of course the only place hiring is the pretzel joint. Figures. She gets free refills as an employee. Of course. 

Still, the cutest guy ever works in the same mall and seems to remember her name for some reason, even though the last time he asked her a straightforward question the only answer she came up with was, "I like cheese." The fact that he might pop in to the store on his lunch break makes putting up with  a mean-girl co-worker a little easier... but so do the free refills.

The two and half months before the wedding are whittling away as Ann struggles through dieting and possibly dating. Along the way she learns a few things about friends, her not-so-perfect mother, and how to respect herself... even if she can't wear a bikini in public.

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2 comments:

tollyfaye said...

I read this book, it was fun to remember how glad I am not to be a teenager anymore. But since I had a restaurant job, I felt her pain. :) And the beginning is funny!

Barbara Etlin said...

Although this book is laugh-out-loud funny, it has plenty of food for thought for readers to sink their teeth into. One of the best books of the subject of dieting/body image.

(Full disclosure: I am in Kelly's critique group.)