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Wintergirls [Hardcover]

Laurie Halse Anderson
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Book Description

March 24 2009

“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.

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About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O’Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too Jan. 3 2009
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful and intense read Dec 22 2009
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Wintergirls. 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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5.0 out of 5 stars well written! Dec 23 2012
By kelss
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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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