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45 Pounds (More or Less) - K.A. Barson *Thanks to Penguin Teen for sending me this ARC for possible review*There were things I liked about 45 Pounds. I thought it offered a realistic portrayal at a teen girl's despair over her weight. The cycle of dieting -- small steps forward, then binging because you're unhappy -- is well described. Ann does normal girl things; shops for bathing suits, orders horrible, expensive pre-made diet food from an infomercial, gets a job at the mall, deals with her divorced parents and shops for a bridesmaid's dress for her aunt's wedding. However, most the book's characters were pretty one-dimensional, with the "bad" characters being near-caricatures of intolerance and dishonesty -- a bigoted step-grandmother, a cheating father, a co-worker who steals. I might not have minded that so much if Ann herself had been a better developed character. All we learn about Ann is that she desperately wants to be thin. What are her talents and hopes and dreams beyond losing weight? All Ann thinks about is food and eating and her body, so that's all the reader knows about her. I did appreciate the humor, but I also thought Ann uses humor as a defense mechanism because she thinks that no one will take her seriously.I am glad that books like this are being published, but I also think there are more inspiring and empowering books about overweight teens:The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger (for middle school aged readers)My Big Fat Manifesto by Susan VaughtGirl of Fire and Thorns by Rae CarsonThe One That I Want by Jennifer Echols