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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She has a way of explaining inner thoughts in beautiful and heart-breaking words and phrases, and while the language is poetic it doesn’t drown the actual story.

I just personally prefer novels more focused in the present, and I felt the first half of the book relied very heavily on wintergkrls I wasn’t too keen on reading.

Wintergirls Book Review

A book with a blue cover Originally read: After your skin bubbles and peels off, roll in coarse salt, then pull on long underwear woven from spun glass and razor wire.

Also, few people know that anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. Jul 08, Kyla rated it liked it. Now that Lia is left to pursue the goal alone, ghosts rise up unbidden and voices haunt her days and nights. Lia also feels like she has tiny evil forces inside her that are only released by cutting herself. I am so happy with this book and the way that it portrays eating disorders.


I love it and i hope you will love it 2. This page was last edited on 31 Decemberat What can I say about this book? But very, very good.


This That was emotional and terrible and intense I seriously felt identified and really saw myself in Lia, which I am inherently grateful for. Check out our “Families Can Talk About” section for some ideas. You can do it, Lia. I have never been exposed to the world of anorexia and bulimia and therefore can’t say if it was truthfully and accurately portrayed, but what I can say is that being in Lia’s mind definitely was a powerful experience which I will not soon forget.

The paradox of a novel about an ED. As with the plotting, this fractured and utterly convincing interior monologue is intercut with the rather bored face she presents to the world around her.

I also believe there are aspects of American life that fosters the development of eating disorders. Sep 21, karen rated it liked it Shelves: This is the first one that actually inspired me to recover instead of driving me further into my disorder.

But I think there is more to great literature than a captivating narrative. View all comments.

The night she died she called Lia 33 times, and Lia didn’t answer. It just isn’t enough. Oct 25, Mary andetson it it was amazing. Eating disorder recovery tale is raw and honest. You’ll be rooting for her to get the help she so desparately need and as the situation slowly sinks into greater and greater dispair, you’ll be hoping and praying Lia won’t meet the same end as Cassie.


Wintergirls does not glamorize eating disorders. Known for tackling winteegirls subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards.

Lia starves herself because it is the only control she has over her disintegrating personality; anyway, why feed something so hateful?

I love Laurie Halse Anderson. It’s a pretty quick read, but it didn’t move me as much as I thought it would. If I’m going to devote several hours of my life to follow a character through several hundred pages, I need something to hang my hat on.

Parents may want to read through Common Sense Media’s body image tips for girls and womenand even for boys. I also talked to women and men who had been in recovery for a very long time. Lia doesn’t purge like Cassie does. There were lots of strike thrus and other copy that hlse me unsure what the final book will be. Witnergirls Laurie Halse Anderson is very close to the top of the list of my favorite authors who write for teens, and this is the second title in the row of hers that I’ve given two stars.