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#11: Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson

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“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” 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 are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.
In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.


  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile; First Edition edition (March 19, 2009)
  • ISBN: 9780670011100
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Author Bio:
Laurie Halse Anderson is the New York Times-bestselling author who writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also made the Carnegie Medal Shortlist in the United Kingdom.

Laurie was the proud recipient of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award given by YALSA division of the American Library Association for her "significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature...". She was also honored with the ALAN Award from the National Council of Teachers of English and the St. Katharine Drexel Award from the Catholic Librarian Association.

Mother of four and wife of one, Laurie lives in Northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. She and her husband, Scot, plus dogs Kezzie and Thor, and assorted chickens and other critters enjoy country living and time in the woods. When not writing or hanging out with her family, you can find Laurie training for marathons or trying to coax tomatoes out of the rocky soil in her backyard. You can follow her adventures on Twitter, and on her blog.


Review:
This is one of those books that is a really quick read, however, I didn't love the story. Or the writing for that matter. A entire two pages of, "MUST.NOT.EAT.MUST.NOT.EAT." really pushed the limits for me. I get the topic of the book is anorexia, but there are ways to describe feelings and settings without two pages of chanting. 
I sure wouldn't want my fifteen year old daughter reading it either. The death surrounding the friend is weird and creepy. Plus the health issues, not something I would want my daughter going to bed with images in her mind.
It just wasn't me for me. At all.


1/5



DISCLAIMER: I won my copy. I was not compensated. All opinions are my own.

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  1. The cover of the book is nice and the blurb is well written, it is unfortunate that the story isn't what it seems.

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