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: Pick, the ga...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 fe ...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.
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 ...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 ...more
Over the course of seventh grade, Ari is brought to a rabbi for ba ...more
Written in verse, ALL OF ME follows 13-year-old Ari through a summer of changes—both desired and not. Ari struggles a lot: with his weight, with bullies, with his parents’ crumbling relationship, and with preparing for his upcoming bar mitzvah. But his story is one filled with triumphs as well: he makes new friends, he develops a crush, he adopts a healthier lifestyle (both physically and ment ...more
(My full review is here: http://middlegrademinded.blogspot.com...)
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.