Written by: Laurie Halse Anderson
Release date: March, 2009
Part of: Wish I’d Read That Challenge
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, best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.
Wintergirls was one of those books that was hard to put down. After you started to read the first page, you are glued to the pages. At a certain point I had to put the book down, take a deep breathe and wipe away the tears. You know when the story leaves such a huge impact on you, that it’s good. Wintergirls is one of those books.
Lia deals with her issues to not talk about them. She let them slide by and hope that they disappear in thin air. But they never really do and the bubble seems to be breaking. For me the girl had two sides. The one who lied a lot, counted the calories of the food she ate, the troubled one and the one who loves her little sister dearly, wanted to eat desperately and scream out for help. She was just lost.
Laurie Halse Anderson does a terrific good job writing this heart gripping book. The characters are well developed and you get a pretty good idea what’s going on in the head of Lia. Lia felt real to me and I think that’s why it made such a huge impact. Read it when you have the time for it, sit back and keep the tissues in arms reach.
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