Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Posted May 23, 2009on:
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Good If… You’re looking for an extremely emotional and powerful novel you won’t be able to put down.
Summary: (Taken from publisher’s site)
“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.
My Thoughts: Wintergirls is a horrid novel. It made me sick to my stomach and I had to put it down multiple times and walk away just to take a breather. That said, Wintergirls is also one of the best novels I’ve read this year.
Wintergirls dives head first into the pain of eating disorders, something that I think is hard for healthy, eating-disorder-free teens to comprehend when they’ve never experienced anything similar. Relating with Lia wasn’t easy for me, since I see very little of myself in her, but I was instantly drawn into her world and pulled along, for better or for worse.
Once you get past the first page, it’s impossible to put down, and there’s a chance a crane may have to be hauled in to pry it from your hands.
My favorite thing about this, hands down, was how Anderson developed Lia’s character by putting down what she was really thinking, slashing it out, and writing what Lia felt she should be feeling. It gave us an inside look to her thoughts and it’s probably one of the best characterization techniques used.
There’s really nothing else I can say about this. It’s one of the best book released this year. Read it. Now. (But I must advise this for mature readers only. It’s not something that you would want your 9 year old little sister reading.)