Rajani LaRocca's Reviews > All of Me
All of Me
I was lucky enough to read an ARC of this luminous novel before it was published. Written in verse, ALL OF ME is the story of Ari, a 13-year-old boy growing up in the San Francisco area after recently moving from New York. Ari is overweight, and as a result he has to deal with not-so-subtle and sometimes brutal bullying from other kids. This book is about a summer Ari spends at the beach with his mom, a bohemian artist, and his friends. It's about his journey to lose weight, prepare for his Bar Mitzvah, and become comfortable in his own skin. Ari is a thoughtful and kind young man, and his determined gentleness in the face of violence (verbal and physical) is one of the most remarkable things about this book. This is the kind of "boy" book we need: if anything is the antidote to "toxic masculinity," it's stories like this. Gorgeous writing transports the reader to the California coast, and to age 13, when anything is still possible, and the future is yet to be written.
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