All of Me

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, t "Beautifully written, brilliant, and necessary." --Matt de la Pena, Newbery Medalist Ari has body-image is...

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Author:Chris Baron
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

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  • Gillian
    Dec 31, 2018
    There is something almost kaleidoscopic about this novel in verse, which beautifully layers themes of loss, friendship, acceptance and emotional growth. Ari is a boy unhappy in his own skin. Although he struggles with a cross-country move and his parents? relationship problems, t...
  • Carin
    Jun 08, 2019
    There are so few books out there about overweight boys. I gravitated towards this one right away due to the meed for the topic. Realized immediately that the book is "in verse" which I'm putting in quotation marks for a reason, but I overlooked that style that I don't normally like. An...
  • Sarah R. Baughman
    Mar 05, 2019
    I feel so fortunate to have read an ARC of this very engaging, beautifully crafted novel in verse. The poetry is gorgeous and accessible; the MC and supporting characters complex, interesting, and sympathetic; the message empowering. Ari worked his way into my heart on the first page a...
  • Wendy
    Mar 17, 2019
    Oh my heart! Ari?s story is written in verse and is a raw and wonderfully honest look at what it?s like to grow up overweight. The cruelty of other people, the struggle to love oneself, dressing in clothes that don?t fit, the diet book that almost taunts him and is ever in his mi...
  • Amanda Rawson Hill
    Mar 08, 2019
    This is a beautiful book that really does a good job of being a bridge between MG and YA. There is a character trying to lose weight in this story, so if you don't want that in a body image narrative, be aware. But the whole point of the book is that this boy is so much more than his w...
  • Barbara
    Jul 25, 2019
    While the writing in this novel in verse is elegant and personal, there were parts of the protagonist's weight loss journey that seemed unrealistic to me. Ari Rosensweig hasn't had the best year as a seventh grader after his family's move from New York City to San Francisco. Because of...
  • Adam Heine
    Nov 20, 2018
    I'll be honest. I rarely read verse novels or contemporary fiction. I read this book mainly because I had the honor of editing a near-final version of it. 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....
  • Kip
    Jan 15, 2019
    What a gorgeous book! There is so much to this story, all circling around Ari's search for himself beyond his weight (which is certainly a piece of him). From painful moments that include bullying and self-harm to the highs that come from time spent with friends, Ari gradually becomes ...
  • Naomi Milliner
    Jan 24, 2019
    "My life doesn't feel good enough, and I don't know how to change it." Your heart will absolutely shatter as Ari struggles with his weight, searches for answers, and yearms to discover who he is. What does it mean to be a man? A friend? A son? A good person? The questions he grapples w...
  • Karol Silverstein
    Dec 31, 2018
    Growing up overweight is a special kind of hell and Chris Baron articulates it perfectly in this beautiful novel in verse. Ari's dilemma is so much more than mean names and husky jeans and his solution requires much more than the diet book his doctor gives him. It's as much an emotiona...
  • Jaime
    Jul 08, 2019
    Great book for middle schoolers. Not sure there are any books like this and it is definitely needed. Many kids could use this book as I am sure they would identify with the main character's body image issues. ...
  • Gail Shepherd
    Dec 31, 2018
    It takes a lot to make crusty old me dissolve into a puddle of tears, but Chris Baron?s debut verse novel ALL OF ME had me pretty much bawling from page 100. This is the most moving MG novel I?ve read about how it feels to be a ?big? kid on a very deep level. Beyond the tauntin...
  • Heather
    Feb 28, 2019
    I received an early review copy of ALL OF ME and am so grateful to have read this story. Written in verse, each sentence struck a chord, showing the vulnerability, the kindness, the tangle of emotions of Ari, the thirteen-year-old main character, as he struggled with his parents' divor...
  • Justin Olson
    Apr 13, 2019
    A wonderfully touching MG poetry in verse novel about a boy learning to like his body (and himself) over a summer. ...
  • Jenny Baker
    Jul 29, 2019
    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?...
  • Shari
    Apr 30, 2019
    Ari?s voice pulled me right in ? the story, written in free verse, is compulsively readable. Ari?s struggles, including body image, bullying, and family instability, are raw and achingly real, but moments of joy and growth throughout the story balance the heartbreak with hope. Th...
  • Casey
    Dec 31, 2018
    It was a privilege to be an early reader of this book written by my student?s dad. Excellent! ...
  • Malayna Evans
    Mar 25, 2019
    This main character grabs you by the heartstrings on page one and doesn't let go. This heart-warming, sometimes painful, sometimes comforting read is loaded with problems, challenges and tender moments many readers will identify with. Loved every single page! ...
    Apr 20, 2019
    I had been eyeing this book on Twitter for quite some time and I finally worked up the courage to ask the author for an ARC to read, review and share with #LitReviewCrew. I love novels in verse, as I am always amazed how such rich stories can be told with so few words. I was also drawn...
  • Leah
    May 28, 2019
    This has one major point in its favor (male character struggling with weight rather than female), a few fairly average issues (the writing felt far more adult than middle grade in places; more than one plotline or character seemed to trail off and disappear with little resolution; alth...
  • Kristin Thorsness
    Mar 06, 2019
    Oh, my heart! I absolutely adored Ari and the beautiful way that Chris Baron told his story. 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 rela...
  • Rajani LaRocca
    Jan 29, 2019
    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-s...
  • Deborah Maroulis
    Feb 17, 2019
    Ugh, my heart. Chris Baron has captured the authentic voice of every insecure adolescent and combines it with heart-wrenching imagery. Told in verse, Ari's story is both intensely personal and entirely universal. I cried real tears and laughed out loud as I devoured the pages. ...
  • Brian Weisfeld
    Feb 20, 2019
    A touching story about Ari's struggles to find himself as he struggles with extra pounds. It's not just a book for people struggling with weight but rather for any kid struggling to find themselves. Written in verse (which is not something I normally gravitate to) and filled with real,...
  • Cassie Thomas
    Apr 27, 2019
    A beautifully written novel in verse about Ari, who is struggling with his weight, but even more his self identity. A dysfunctional family, friends of every personality, and an emptiness over who he truly is. The story will resonate with so many, as well as provide that window into the...
  • Mandy Stallard
    Jun 04, 2019
    Ari is overweight, and it seems like that is the only thing most people notice about him. He is extremely conscious of his body and how it fits and looks in clothes. His dad is mostly absent, and while his mom is around, she's not exactly present with him. He has dealt with some major ...
  • Kristin Crouch
    Mar 17, 2019
    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-ima...
  • Jess Redman
    Mar 02, 2019
    ALL OF ME is a raw and powerful novel-in-verse about the summer after Ari Rosensweig finishes seventh grade. All his life, Ari has heard and seen and felt this question coming from others: Why are you so fat? His artist mother and often-disappearing father are divorcing. At school, he ...
  • Joshua Levy
    Jan 24, 2019
    Ari struggles with his weight. With his family. With preparing for his bar mitzvah. But while Ari struggles, he also triumphs. Succeeds in coming to terms with the imperfections in himself and in the world around him. Ari's journey in ALL OF ME (which I had the privilege of reading as ...
  • Karen McKenna
    Feb 16, 2019
    I was fortunate enough to read an eARC (something I usually try to avoid because I love holding a book in my hands) of this novel-in-verse, and I became so engrossed in Ari's story I could not put it down. His voice is raw, capturing all of the insecurities of coming of age. The charac...