Mar 27, 2014

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secrets,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.
Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia’s mother is busy saving other people’s lives. Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia’s head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way – thin, thinner, thinnest – maybe she’ll disappear altogether.
In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl’s chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.

I borrowed the summary from Laurie Halse Anderson's website. Cassie died in a hotelroom and before she passed away she tried to call Lia. Lia has to cope with her former friend's death while fighting a terrible battle to remain alive herself. She has to eat, but it's very difficult for her to do so. 
My heart ached for Lia. She's such a wonderful and sweet girl, but she's traumatized and has a lot of problems. This book brought me to tears many times. It was so sad, but in my opinion also an important story that has to be told. There are girls and boys suffering every day because of anorexia or bulimia. Wintergirls is a very impressive, emotional read. 

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