Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 13 to 18
- Grade: 4
- Reading age: 8 to 9
Adrian Carter is a young mixed-race teen struggling with poor self-image, but he's through with being bullied for his weight. Adrian decides to shed the pounds, no matter what it takes. When he meets and falls for Mel Woods, a confident and sensible girl with a passion for fitness, his motivation to change leads him to take dangerous measures. When Mel confronts Adrian about his methods of weight loss he is left trying to find a balance between the number on the scale and wondering if he'll ever be worthy of love.
About the author
ANDRE FENTON is an award-winning author, spoken word artist and arts educator. He has represented Halifax at seven national poetry festivals across Canada and has written three novels: Worthy of Love (2018), ANNAKA (2020) and The Summer Between Us (2022). Andre’s work focuses on race, self-esteem and creating more representation and diversity in young adult fiction. Andre’s most recent novel is The Summer Between Us. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"Through Carter and his struggles, Fenton explores deeper issues around masculinity and the role it plays in eating disorders, self-esteem and race."
"Accessible and engaging, full of honest feeling."
"This story of a mixed-raced teen who struggles with his weight is the kind of refreshing storytelling we don't see enough of."
"Fenton writes with such emotion it's as if he lays bare Adrian's soul on every page. But this is the allure of Fenton's writing - he's a spoken word artist, and his poetic flow connects Adrian's story with our own individual ones. His words never miss a beat, pulling readers in as if they are listening to his stunning live reads."
Cleaver: Philadelphia's International Literary Magazine
"It is refreshing to see body image presented from a male point of view [ ... Fenton's voice is one needed in Canadian YA literature."
"This book explores the complexities of relationships, self-image and self-harm in a way that feels very open and honest."
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