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.
ANDRE FENTON is an award winning spoken word artist and filmmaker who has performed all across Canada while representing Halifax at national poetry slams in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Victoria and Vancouver. He is currently on the board of the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and a member of Spoken Word Canada. He has written a book of poetry, Ode to Teen Angst. This is Fenton's first novel. He lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
"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."
"This book explores the complexities of relationships, self-image and self-harm in a way that feels very open and honest."
"Through Carter and his struggles, Fenton explores deeper issues around masculinity and the role it plays in eating disorders, self-esteem and race."
"It is refreshing to see body image presented from a male point of view [ ... Fenton's voice is one needed in Canadian YA literature."
"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."