Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Labels: Book Reviews, Contemporary, Laurie Halse Anderson, Must reads, Scholastic, Young Adult · Who posted this? Mina B at 10:15
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Release Date: January 3rd 2011
Buy it: Amazon
“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 want to start off by saying what an exceptionally powerful book this is. Really. It's one of those books that make you think. About yourself. About your life. About others too.
It’s very realistic. Everything that goes on in Lia's life is in one way or the other relateable. The whole idea of Anorexia was at first a bit unnerving. Did I want to read a book like this. Even though, it was disturbing it was hard to put the book down.
Cassie's death had a great impact upon Lia. It’s fascinating how she believed she was staying strong buy not eating. Her character is conveyed with so much clarity that it’s heartbreaking to read on.
Anderson's book is phenomenal. Her immaculate writing delivered Lia’s story beautifully. A definite must read!