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Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls coverWintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Published March 19th, 2009 by Viking Books for Young Readers.


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“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.

Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery. (Goodreads)

TRIGGERS: cutting, eating disorders

Laurie Halse Anderson writes important stuff! If you missed my review of Speak earlier today I think you should check it out as well. Both stories were amazing, but I think I liked this one even more. Reading an anorexia story is difficult. It’s hard to understand unless tragically you suffer or have suffered from this eating disorder. While I myself do not have a history with eating disorders someone in my family does. In high school, I anonymously wrote an award-winning article about her story. So Wintergirls struck a chord while I read it.

Lia and Cassie, best friends and partners in crime vow to be the skinniest girls in school. They go to extreme measures to make this a reality. Tragically Cassie dies and Lia is living the nightmare of anorexia on her own. She is struggling, and if you have an eating disorder I would not recommend this book, because I can so easily see this triggering those tendencies. However, I 100% support this story and believe that everyone else should read it.

It is well written.

The characters are unexpected and real.

It will hurt to read.

I am confident this story has saved at least one life.

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