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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Publication Date: 3/19/2009
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pages: 288
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased

Goodreads Summary:
“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 were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives. Her father is away on business. Her step-mother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way—thin, thinner, thinnest—maybe she'll disappear altogether.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl's chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.


Lia has anorexia.  Cassie had bulimia and was Lia's best friend.  Now, Cassie's dead and haunting Lia.  Cassie is telling Lia to lose more and stay strong.  The voices in her head are doing the same thing to her.  Lia is fulling everyone with her constant weight loss.  She puts quarters in her robe so her stepmother doesn't know the difference when she ways her.  Although the scale shows Lia losing weight, she is still above the "danger" line...at least, that is what her family thinks.  

Cassie's death has caused more pain for Lia.  Her parents are worried about her.  Her mom wants the best for her and tries to help.  Lia is lost and won't admit that she needs help.  She is ruining herself and it isn't until hitting rock bottom that she realizes she needs some help.

This is such a heartfelt and sad book.  Lia is a lost teenager who isn't getting the attention she needs from her mother or her father.  They are both always busy and the only person that pays a little attention to Lia is her stepmother who doesn't really like her anyway.  Lia's story is one that makes you think about those you know who may have eating disorders.  It helps you connect and see what they are thinking in their mind.  I've never understood how someone could develop an eating disorder, but Lia's story has helped open my eyes.  The writing in this book is so powerful.  It makes you feel like you're with the character and feeling what she is feeling.  I hoped for the best for Lia and her family.  I wanted them to figure it all out and work together.  I didn't want to put this book down because I couldn't wait to get to the end and find out how everything turned out for Lia and her family.

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