Monday, February 7, 2011

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson Review

wintergirlsWintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pub. Date: March 19th, 2009
Pages: 278
Age Level: Young Adult    
Obtained: Library

“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.

My Thoughts:

Wow! Anderson did it again! She created something so breathtakingly beautiful and ugly at the same time. The novel is beautiful but the subject is ugly and something that should be talked about more often instead of just hiding behind in the shadows. I loved living inside Lia’s head. It made me feel a little closer to what someone with this disorder thinks. Just thinking about this novel takes my breath away. I loved the writing style, it seemed like a song and it felt as if this would have a girl I might have encountered at some point and time in my life. Anderson seriously had me on edge of my seat and made me want to know more of Lia’s story. I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws.

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As always,
That Chick That Reads

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