Wintergirls

By Anderson, Laurie Halse

Publishers Summary:
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

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ISBN
978-0-67001-110-0
Publisher
Viking


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on February 1, 2009

Gr 8-Up The intensity of emotion and vivid language here are more reminiscent of Anderson's "Speak" (Farrar, 1999) than any of her other works. Lia and Cassie had been best friends since elementary school, and each developed her own style of eating disorder that leads to disaster. Now 18, they are no longer friends. Despite their estrangement, Cassie calls Lia 33 times on the night of her d...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

"It's not nice when girls die," observes Lia, who suffers from anorexia and an addiction to cutting herself. Lia has just heard that her estranged friend Cassie was found dead, alone, in a motel room—this after leaving Lia thirty-three messages, none of which she listened to until it was too late. Cassie's death tips the already fragile Lia into a painful, spooky vortex of self-destruction. The specter of Cassie (who died of a burst esophagus, the result of violent bulimia) haun...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

Lia, an anorexic and cutter, hears that her estranged friend Cassie was found dead in a motel room--after leaving Lia thirty-thr...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

"It's not nice when girls die." So opens Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls, a powerful exploration of the distressing world of teen eating disorders. Almost as soon as Lia learns about the death of her former best friend, she becomes haunted by her memories of Cassie. Convinced that she is complicit in Cassie's death, Lia quickly descends into a familiar pattern of self-destruction. Anderson takes her readers along on Lia's journey, using a stream-of-consciousness narrative that allows them to understand first-hand Lia's thoughts and e...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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