Sunday, April 26, 2009

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lia is 18 years old and just got the news that her best friend Cassie died. Her best friend that stopped talking to her. Her best friend that threw up after every meal. Her best friend she watched be lowered into the ground.

Her best friend that is now haunting her, waiting for Lia to join her on the other side.

Lia is anorexic. Her parents make her eat the food, the evil food that she must not taste because it makes her fat, so fat. Food is bad. She counts every calorie, she exercises constantly, she knows all the tricks to make her family thinks she weighs 110 pounds.

When she really weighs 95. 90. 85. When she wants to weigh nothing.

She swore to be the skinniest girl in school.

Is it worth it?

What I Thought:
I was SO excited to read this book. I've heard nothing but positive things about it, when it FINALLY arrived at the library, I hugged it and wouldn't put it down for like 10 minutes.

Well, this book was well worth the wait! I read it in sections, just so I wouldn't be over too fast.

Now, I've never been anorexic, but I could not imagine a better insight into the mind of an anorexic girl than this book had.

And it is unbelievably scary.

Anderson writes from Lia's point of view, and you can watch her thought process deteriorate as her mind and body is neglected the necessary fuel it needs to function. We see her reasonings of why she does this to herself, and how she thinks others see her. We learn every thing she eats/is forced to eat. We flashback to various points of her life, further making us understand how this ugly cycle began.

This is an unbelievable story of a problem that is much too common.

Very. Highly. Recommended.

Want to see more? Check it out on Amazon: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

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