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Blurb (from Goodreads):
Every year on her birthday, Ashley Perkins gets a card from her grandmother—a card that always contains a promise: lose enough weight, and I will buy your happiness.
Ashley doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with the way she looks, but no amount of arguing can persuade her grandmother that “fat” isn’t a dirty word—that Ashley is happy with her life, and her body, as it is.
But Ashley wasn’t counting on having her dreams served up on a silver platter at her latest birthday party. She falters when Grandmother offers the one thing she’s always wanted: tuition to attend Harvard University—in exchange for undergoing weight loss surgery.
As Ashley grapples with the choice that little white card has given her, she feels pressured by her friends, her family, even administrators at school. But what’s a girl to do when the reflection in her mirror seems to bother everyone but her?
Through her indecisions and doubts, Ashley’s story is a liberating one—a tale of one girl, who knows that weight is just a number, and that no one is completely perfect.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Ashley Maria Perkins. 80 pounds for a new car.”
This was a YA contemporary story about a girl bullied to lose weight by her grandmother.
Ashley seemed like quite a well-adjusted young lady, and it was obvious that she knew her own mind and knew what she wanted, and that wasn’t to lose weight. I liked that she stood up to her grandmother, even if she did dither over the weight loss surgery for a little too long!
The storyline in this book was about Ashley’s life whilst applying to Harvard, and wondering about having the weight loss surgery. My attention did lapse a bit in places, and I found the story quite slow.
There was a little bit of romance, but not a lot.
The ending to this was okay, although Ashley’s life seemed a little undecided.
6 out of 10