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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

July 16th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Description: “Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

I have been waiting forever to read this book after seeing so many positive things in the book blogging world.  I was finally able to get a copy from the library and while it was a good book I was a little disappointed.  The story did not really grab me the way other stories like Willow by Julia Hoban did.  The topic itself of anorexia was extremely disturbing as you watch Lia’s thought process over what she will or will not eat and how she will get rid of or balance out the “excess” calories.

The style of writing was also different.  It’s like reading Lia’s diary or being in her head as she self-edits by striking through thoughts that are not what people would want to hear.  It was a little strange at first but once I got used to it I enjoyed it.  My favorite part was the part Cassie’s “ghost” played in Lia’s decisions.  I loved how the story finally wrapped up. Overall, I would recommend this book but be prepared for some disturbing situations.

Posted in Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Lisa

    My daughter really liked Anderson’s “Speak” and it sounds like she’ll like this one, too.

  2. dsuzuki

    I’ve heard good things about Speak and need to check that one out too.

  3. Kailana

    I quite liked this book. I haven’t review it yet, though. One of these days…

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