All of Me
"Beautifully written, brilliant, and necessary." --Matt de la Pena, Newbery Medalist
Ari has body-image issues. After a move across the country, his parents work selling and promoting his mother's paintings and sculptures. Ari's bohemian mother needs space to create, and his father is gone for long stretches of time on "sales" trips.
Meanwhile, Ari makes new friends: Pi...more
Who Am I?
The life in my head seems
so different from the life outside,
where I am so big
that everyone stares,
but no one sees the real me.
What a poignant story! I’m worried that this book will slip through the cracks and go unnoticed. I truly hope it doesn’t. It’s a wonderful story written in verse about a seventh grade boy, Ari, who struggles with his weight and body image.
What I loved about this story is that you get a deeper understanding of Ari’s emotional issues and his fee ...more
I definitely don't say this about all the books I work on, but this book grabbed me from the first chapter and didn't let me go. The characters, the story, the prose, the poetry—all of it is beautiful and engaging. I finished reading this book wanting to be a better person. That's the highest praise I can give. ...more
Ari is fat, and the other kids at school never cease reminding him of it. Ari has always been bigger than the other kids, but the continued harassment is beginning to take its toll on his self-image. When he turns to self-harm, his mother knows she needs to find him help. This book is the tale of Ari finding himself ~ who he is on the inside, instead of defining himself the way the rest of the world has chose ...more
Ari is a boy unhappy in his own skin. Although he struggles with a cross-country move and his parents’ relationship problems, the main thing that troubles Ari is his weight—there’s too much of it. When he becomes a target, he embarks on a diet, and many changes ensue.
Although some of this book is about what Ari hopes to lose, it is also very mu ...more
With parents that are going through a divorce and Ari’s newfound feeling for his best friend, Lisa, there are a lot of other things happening. Ari’s rabbi adds a gentle touch with his wisdom and caring for a lost sou ...more
Ari feels all of this deeply and fully and often so heartbreakingly. And over this summer, while building friendships and testing out a diet and preparing for his bela ...more
Over the course of seventh grade, Ari is brought to a rabbi for bar mitzvah pr ...more
What I read was a story about a boy who is told he is fat by everyone around him and that being fat is bad. However he seems like a fairly ...more
Told in beautiful verse, it's about a boy Ari who deals with being overweight. But he's really so much more than the number on the scale.
A moving and raw story that will stay with me. ...more
Quite a weighty load, right?
At the root of all that is the fact that Ari has been a version of "husky", chunky, fatso, and self-hating for as long as he can recall. The weightiness of being teased, bullied, and severely attacked by others is n ...more
This middle grade novel in verse chronicles a seventh grade boy’s struggle with his weight, but it also goes much deeper than that. While, on the surface, Ari’s issues stem from his weight and the bullying that comes with it, the underlying issues that have led to his unhealthy eating are at this story’s forefront. Ari sees his family breaking apart, he has trouble adjusting after a move and he feels like an o ...more
is the beach, and the sand,
the redwoods and pond water,
the feel of a kiss, wet on my lips,
a mountain climbed,
and fog forever,
and sleeping mats,
stories and stories,
None of it
Just me moving forward,
finding m own story.