Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Review: Wintergirls

Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publish date: 2009
Source: Library
"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 step-mother 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, best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl's chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.

This book was incredible. I have never read a book that had such an...intense narrator. She was powerless of herself, but felt so in control at the same time. I was amazed with how Anderson was able to just get right into the mind of someone struggling from an eating disorder. It really opened up my eyes to what someone suffering from that might be going through, and I think it will help me better understand students or friends who might have the same problems.

I would definitely recommend reading this book if you want to understand or empathize with what those suffering from eating disorders may be going through. I wanted to read it because I am always blown away with Anderson's writing (like Speak), so if you like her other novels, this is a must read. It's not necessarily a "happy" book, but worth it. 4 out of 5 stars.

Currently reading: Paper Towns by John Green (love it so far)
On hold still: Bossypants

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