Wintergirls

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lia, age eighteen, is dying to become a Wintergirl. She and her childhood friend... read more

Lia, age eighteen, is dying to become a Wintergirl. She and her childhood friend Cassie made a pact to transform their bodies into brittle, icicle-thin figures. In their minds, their ability to starve themselves to perfection would be the envy of all. But now Lia is alone—Cassie’s struggle with bulimia killed her, and Lia did not respond to Cassie’s phone calls on the last night she was alive. Haunted by Cassie’s death, Lia’s anorexia spirals her into a deeper and darker hollow. Surrounding Lia are fractured relationships with her parents, stepmother, and half sister. With raw pain and emotion, Laurie Halse Anderson renders a fierce and unrelenting portrait of a young woman’s struggle with a life-threatening eating disorder. Lia’s relationship with her body and with her family are conveyed with intensity and realism, told through Lia’s blunt, first-person, stream-of-consciousness narrative and emphasized with innovative text formatting. (Age 13 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2010

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