For those of you who follow my other book blog, RealityLapse, you may remember the post I did on Suzanne Supplee’s Artichoke’s Heart. For those of you who don’t remember or just didn’t see it, AH is about a girl named Rosemary Goode. Early on in the story, she resolves to lose weight. But the story ends up being about a lot more than her weight as she discovers new friends, a boyfriend and family. AH was really funny and I loved Rosemary. I rated it 4.5 stars.
I was looking for a good introduction to AH and found these two books:
See, one of the things I love most about middle-grade fiction is that there are so many books that are closely tied in with the ideas of YA fiction that many of them provide good introductions into other books of the YA genre.
The thing is, sometimes I find more than one good introduction. And that’s good. Great, even. It provides me with more introductions. But then I get to the all-important response: I only want to read one of them first. Which one do you think I should?
And that makes it so I need to find the one I liked more.
With some books, it’s easy to know which one you liked more. Problem is, I liked both of these books.
Both of them are great. I loved reading them and about the characters in them. Both Ann and Celeste won my heart in these stories as they went through different trials and tribulations. I really liked the journey Celeste went through in her story, but I thought that 45 POUNDS was better balanced. Both books were well thought out, realistic and heartwarming.
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 10 weeks, and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less) in 2 1/2 months.
Welcome to the world of infomercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, embarrassing 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!
Walk the runway for all the world to see?
Nope. No way. NEVER.
At least, that’s what I thought—until Aunt Doreen secretly entered me in the Miss HuskyPeach pageant for plus-sized girls. I couldn’t do it, but I felt too guilty to quit.
There was only one way out…
This is the story of thirteen-year-old Celeste Harris, who used to be perfectly comfortable with her weight. She also used to think nothing would make eighth grade worse than super-popular, super-mean Lively Carson’s persistent insults and attempts to steal her best friend. But along came the chance of being crowned a chubby teen queen, and suddenly it was clear: Things could be much worse. So Celeste crafts a plan—she’ll sacrifice her chocolate cookie obsession, lose weight, and shrink right out of the competition.
What follows is a series of escapades both hilarious and horrifying, as our heroine tries to hold her head high both on the catwalk and off—and learns to show the world who she is from the inside out.
Descriptions taken from Goodreads.
In terms of humor and characters, I think 45 POUNDS was better and was more closely related to AH, so this time I think K.A. Barson’s book won the title of better introduction. 4 stars for both books.
pg count for the paperback of MDECC: 243
pg count for the hardback of 45 Pounds: 264