I’ll be honest. I feel a bit audacious even suggesting that my book is like anyone else’s. But, hey, everyone in the Class of 2k13 is doing it, so I guess I will, too. Yeah, I’m a sucker for peer pressure sometimes.
In my first conversation with my editor, she mentioned that she thinks 45 Pounds is a Cinderella story. Really? I hadn’t thought about it like that. But then I realized she’s right. (Truth be told, she’s always right, but that’s another post for another time.) The main character, Ann, does her best to transform herself from the overweight, ugly stepsister into a thin, princess-like bridesmaid before her aunt’s wedding. In the meantime, she falls for the most adorable, charming guy. There’s even a scene (or two) that involves shoes. Not glass, but still.
So, if it’s a Cinderella story, does that mean it’s a romance? Yeah, I guess it is, in a humorous, self-deprecating way. Much like (I hope) Susane Colasanti’s books, Ann’s voice is realistic and relatable. She makes you laugh and feel sad at the same time. You feel like you know her, or you might even be her.
It’s also a book about weight issues. Ann is overweight and wants to lose forty-five pounds (more or less). However, it’s not just about a diet. It’s more about fitting—in her family, in a social group, in a dress, and most importantly, in her own skin. Because of this, I hope it appeals to Carolyn Mackler fans, especially those who love The Earth, My Butt, and Other Round Things.
In short, 45 Pounds (More or Less) is a contemporary, humorous love story. The characters are not picture-perfect. Far from it. While some seem to have it together, others seem messy and misunderstood and awkward. But, like Ann finds out, you can’t judge people by how they seem.
More about 45 Pounds (More or Less):
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 8 weeks, and wants Ann to be her bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less) in two months.
Welcome to the world of informercial 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!