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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (March 24 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 067001110X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670011100
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 15.1 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #164,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on Jan. 3 2009
Format: Hardcover
Chilling. Even many days after reading WINTERGIRLS, I still shiver when I think about this book.

Lia has struggled with an eating disorder before. Her parents think that she is getting better, but she is just fooling everyone. When Cassie, who used to be her best friend, dies, Lia spirals out of control again.

She eats less and less and begins seeing Cassie's ghost everywhere.

WINTERGIRLS explores the world of eating disorders with vivid, horrifying detail.

Even though this book was really creepy, it was also spectacular. I had never understood how or why some people began to have eating disorders, and this book gave a spectacular insight into their state of mind.

Reviewed by: Emily Ann
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By the Infinite Shelf on Dec 22 2009
Format: Hardcover
Finding the line between a good storyline and a non-romantic exposition of eating disorders is tough, but Anderson succeeded there. She did a beautiful job with Lia's voice. The writing felt original and very close to her, in a way that made me feel like I could understand, at least partly, what she was going through. She also makes a great use of the language as an object itself, striking through words, repeating some, creating a prose that illustrates the conflicts Lia is having.

The fact that I understood Lia's feelings didn't mean I liked her though. She seemed at times very selfish, caring about no one but herself, and I say that knowing that she had a lot on her mind. I also get that eating disorders are a type of mental illness, and that it controls one's life. For some reason though, I couldn't relate to Lia very much. Only with her little sister, Emma, did I feel some kind of connection that made her more human to me. The ending was also good on that point, although it came really late in the book and was a little rushed.

On the other hand though, maybe Lia's personality was exactly the point of the book. If you have had in your life someone who has dealt with similar issues, you might know how after some time, their problems eat them up and they become those problems. They close themselves to the world because they can't deal, they push people away until those who love them can't stand them anymore (or have a hard time to). Lia is like that : her issues take so much place that it's all that she is. Her parents have a hard time with her, and as readers, so do we. While I would usually put an unlikable character as a fault, in this case, I'm not so sure. Hence the conflicted feelings towards the book.

Wintergirls is not a comfortable read.
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By Tatyana Lee on Dec 18 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is an eye opener book for me as I was reading I felt
like I could see their lives counting calories and the fear of
fat. it's just shocking so young to be worried about their
weight and not wait to become teenagers.
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By kelss on Dec 23 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
First off let me say that I got this book last week EARLIER than expected and it was in prime condition. As for the actual book itself I'm not much of a reader anymore but since I'm a teen girl the subject of this book kind of caught my attention. I read it not knowing what to expect but by the first few pages I was compelled and it continued to get better as it went along. The author did a wonderful job of getting inside an anorexic's mind and I really found it interesting to see how they actually think and how much it really affects those around them. It's a chilling read, but a good one. I did find that the ending went by pretty fast but it was good nonetheless. If you're debating whether or not to get this novel GET IT. I promise you won't regret it!
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