45 Pounds (More or Less) by Kelly Barson

By Kelly Barson

Listed here are the numbers of Ann Galardi's life:

She is 16.
And a dimension 17.
Her ideal mom is a dimension 6.
Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 2 months, and needs Ann to be a bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her brain: Time to lose forty five kilos (more or less).

Welcome to the realm of informercial nutrition plans, marriage ceremony dance classes, unending run-ins with the cutest man Ann's ever seen—and a few surprises approximately her not-so-perfect mother.

And there's yet another thing—it's all approximately feeling cozy on your personal skin—no subject the way you upload it up!

K.A. Barson's glowing debut is "deliciously relatable, with loads of laughter at the side." — Rita Williams-Garcia, big apple occasions best-selling writer

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People who were taller got better jobs, and people even voted for some politicians just because they weren’t quite as ugly as everybody else. ” Tally shook her head. No m ­ atter how many times they repeated it at school, she’d never really quite believed that one. “So what if people look more alike now? ” Tally laughed. “Fat chance. Anyway, it’s just to see what you and I will look like in only . . ” Tally closed her eyes, sighing. ” She felt Shay’s weight on the bed and a light punch on her arm.

Her board started to lighten, and soon she and Shay had hopped on again, coasting over a ridge and down into a dark valley. Onboard, Tally found the breath to ask a question that had been bugging her. ” “Rivers come from springs, which come from inside mountains. The water brings up minerals from inside the earth. indd 57 12/16/10 10:25 AM S COT T W E S T E R F ELD “Right. ” “Yeah, exactly. But, actually, boards prefer iron. ” Tally frowned. Shay sometimes talked in a mysterious way, like she was quoting the lyrics of some band no one else listened to.

Even without much work, Shay’s face was already welcoming, vulnerable, healthy . . pretty. ” Shay didn’t look, just shrugged. “That’s not me. ” Tally smiled and hugged her. “It will be you, though. Really you. ” Tally cruised to a stop—right foot down, left foot up, bend the knees. ” Shay drifted slowly past, letting the breeze tug her along. They were as high up and far out as hoverboards would go, just above treetop level, at the edge of town. It was amazing how quickly Tally had gotten used to being up high, with nothing but a board and bracelets between her and a long fall.

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