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All of Me by Chris Baron
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it was amazing

Thank you to the author and MacMillan Publishing for sharing an ARC with Collabookation.
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 chosen to.
Written in verse, All of Me is open, honest, and raw. Ari's working through the changes puberty brings, his new feelings for girls, and his parents' disfunctional relationship. Through all these tumultuous times, he isn't scared to try to figure himself out. Introspective and wise, he takes the words of others, kind or unkind, to heart and dissects them. His work to become a man, the best man he can be, is an honor to witness. His sense of kindness and peacefulness aren't always welcomed, and more than one important person in his life demands that he 'man up.'
Ari does just that. After all, adolescents do become adults, whether they want to or not. But Ari finds the control he needs to hold his head up high and be proud of himself at any weight or size.
In a world that often stresses appearance over almost anything else, this book is a beacon to those children whose outside may not quite yet match their beauty on the inside.
Highly recommended for students in grade 6 and up.
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March 17, 2019 – Shelved

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