The New York Times bestselling story of a friendship frozen between life and death. Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies. WINTERGIRLS is very painful to read and very, very powerful. It is not for the faint of heart, but fans of Laurie Halse Anderson may find it hard to resist. Teens will. “Wintergirls,” Laurie Halse Anderson’s new novel, takes us into this dark, tyrannical world through the experience of Lia, the year-old.

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Coupled with loss, honestly it’s not something to pick up lightly.

It’s made up, a story, fiction, not true. This isn’t meant to entertain you, it’s meant to bring you right back down to earth, and remind you that there are some things that are beyond our understanding. But for those people who still winteegirls coping with confusion about their body image, it is very helpful to wkntergirls people who will listen to the things they are struggling with.

Readers will both identify with Lia, but we’re kept detached enough to see that what she’s doing isn’t heroic, but self-destructive. Facts Learn more about eating disorders.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson – review

It would be nice if that was the case. Order by newest oldest recommendations. You will be choked up and at a loss for words by the time you get to the final page.

There are two completely blank pages in the book, which my editor was gracious enough to allow me to do. View all 14 comments. What responsibility does an author have for what her readers do after reading her book? Too many of my readers have a little bit of Lia or Cassie festering in them; that sense that they will only be valued according to the number that wijtergirls up on the scale.

What we need are books that tell the whole story. It’s possible people won’t get this book the way I do, not everyone will understand Lia.

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Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson

When you buy into the message that your self-worth should be measured on a scale, then you give up your power. I identified with her mom, who stopped just shy of tying Lia to a chair and pouring soup down her throat. I am the bones they want, wired on a wintertirls frame.

View all 28 comments. The very graphic detail about their physical deterioration as the girls starve themselves is painful to read. Lea doesn’t really see food as food. An innovative style of journal writing is used to further illustrate a troubled mind — some pages are blank while others feature crossed out words.

You can do it! I have no clue how to begin. That’s about all we know about her outside of her obsession with food and weight-loss. That’s the only reason I can think of. It’s a very strong and impactful story; especially, I would imagine, if you read it as a young adult which this novel is targeted towards.

Lurie purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. I strongly, strongly suggest they speak to a doctor for professional advice. There’s absolutely NO glorification of this illness, and this novel did a fantastic job at showing how dangerous it can be.

But it is the raw stylistic power that makes this so memorable. It may save a life. My pediatrician friend helped me with the clinical details and referred me to some psychiatrists. Laurie Halse Anderson has done it again.

For a story about such a depressing subject the book didn’t make me feel very depressed. Nov 26, Karin rated it it was amazing Shelves: However, you can obviously still read it This was my first read by Laurie Halse Anderson and I now see why people love her writing so much. The obsession with becoming thin is scarily and eerily presented here.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

We don’t quit because we do want to get it. This is a hard story to write, and Anderson has even said that this was inspired by the readers that wrote to her about their eating disorders — this must have been hard to write as well for that connection. Wintergirls recognizes this issue and instead explores the reasons Lia starved behind. Name calling and hurling insults isn’t adding anything to the discussion.


May Fourth Read: It’s not wintergifls a spoiler, but since it’s at the end I will put it here: As written, her character seemed like a spoiled rich brat who was not even kind enough wintergirlz pick up the phone to speak to the parents of her dead I hxlse care for the writing style, all the crossed out words just felt like an unneccessary affectation that slowed down the pace of the book.

I find it unsettling that winetrgirls book is accessible for her a It might also be a cry for help if they pick a book like this on purpose. Eating disorders have the highest fatality rate of any mental illness.

Pages to import images to Wikidata. Set preferences to see our top age-appropriate picks for your kids. Her attitude toward her parents is heartless and cold, although all they try to do throughout the entire book is help her. Her parents try to help but are easily fooled into believing she is better, even after Cassie dies alurie bulimia.

Soon, Cassie’s ghost starts haunting Lia, making her feel guilty for not picking up the phone that night and not being there for her ex-best friend the night she died. If you’d asked me why I struggled so much to eat ‘normally’, my haughty response would have been something much along the lines of there is nothing wrong with watching what you eat. But few of those works have ever chilled me, scared me and horrified me as much as Laurie Halse Anderson’s “Wintergirls. April Wintergifls Read: Apr 09, Michael rated it it was amazing Shelves: