The New York Times bestselling story of a friendship frozen between life and death. Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies. WINTERGIRLS is very painful to read and very, very powerful. It is not for the faint of heart, but fans of Laurie Halse Anderson may find it hard to resist. Teens will. “Wintergirls,” Laurie Halse Anderson’s new novel, takes us into this dark, tyrannical world through the experience of Lia, the year-old.

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It’s a book that will be around for many years. This is the first one that actually inspired me to recover instead of driving me further into my disorder. When Lia learns that Cassie, her best friend, has been found dead in a motel room, maintaining any healthy habit is extremely lxurie. I strongly, strongly suggest they speak to a doctor for professional advice. Anderson has done so much research and has portrayed such a beautiful character that I could connect with so easily.

It really gets into the mind of an eighteen-year-old girl told first person by her suffering from anorexia nervosa and depression. The book is raw and disturbing and scary as hell, because it tells Truth. Lia focuses on the weight she wants to be, at one point saying the ideal weight would be zero for herself. He said kids with really hard life issues can often see things more clearly in a myth than they can in realistic fiction.

The Washington Post called the book “both painful to read and winterirls.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson – review | Books | The Guardian

Lia is her former best friend who is still battling anorexia, and has to deal with getting weighed weekly by her well-meaning step mother, and also has the guilt constantly in her mind knowing that Cassie had called her.

Lia wintsrgirls ignored Cassie’s numerous phone calls and is now carrying guilt over the loss of her friend which starts a downward spiral of calorie counting and refusal to eat.

I seriously felt identified and really saw myself in Lia, which I am inherently grateful for. I didn’t care for the writing style, all the crossed haalse words just felt like an unneccessary affectation that slowed down the pace of the book.


This is a book about anorexia nervosa mainly. It’s been recommended to me a million times over and I’m so glad I finally picked it up.

Not stiff the way a real relationship can be, but stiff the way they are written. The novel sets a terrific dramatic pace. This is only a minor andreson in the book, and may not even bother other people at all. She hated her mom, hated her dad, hated her step-mom, hated her therapist, even hated her supposed best friend.

Magazines are sold, reality shows launched, and a billion-dollar-a-year dieting industry are all based on making you feel bad about the way you look.

Lia’s fragile efforts to find a way out of her nightmare seem doomed to failure, but there is hope.

The movie was good; the book is great. Do you remember how it was to feel like Lia? Lia did only one thing for me as a reader. The paradox of a novel about an ED. The thing is I just learned today that I do not really like sad and frustrating books envolving real life problems, mental illness, death and characters I can not connect to all at once. Cassie, our token warning sign in human form, died suddenly after making repeated, unanswered calls to Lia.

Cassie is a pretty girl who started battling bulimia at a very young age, and at the beginning of our story was found dead in a motel room. wintergirlss

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson – review

I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through. A stereotype that is commonly true of anorectics, though, is that they are perfectionists, and many are overachievers. For Your Family Log in Sign me up.

Everything was all connected, and it made me feel a lot more at ease reading this book with my ED.

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This book is fantastic and everyone should read it. Readers, whether they know much or little about eating disorders, won’t walk away having gained more insight than an article on Lindsay Lohan would give them.

Those clever word games are used to powerful effect, from the endless repetitions of Lia’s wwintergirls mantras to the crossed-out words that give the lie to her own thoughts.


She struggles to fight her mental illness while balancing everything else in her life. The chapter headings Lia the main character and her best friend Cassie and also Lia and a friend Elijah play the Hearts card game, apparently with a deck of cards and not on a computer, but you need a minimum of three players, not just two, in order to play Hearts. What parents need to know Parents need to know this is a very, very intense book about the mental and physical pain endured by teens with eating disorders.

I cried my way through every draft of that book and emerged a much healthier person for it at the end. This isn’t meant to entertain you, it’s meant to bring you right back down to earth, and remind you that there are some things that are beyond our understanding. View all 52 comments. Lia makes reference to the fact that she knows she is starving herself so she isn’t acting out of unawareness or confusion, she simply doesn’t care if she’s hurting herself or her family or anyone.

And then Lia showed up in my head and started talking. Lia is none of these things – and although those aren’t requirements for anorexia, Anderson doesn’t give us anything else to go on. As the story begins, Lia is coming to terms with the death of her one-time best friend Cassie. Videos About This Book. The dirt in this case is, andeeson course, herself. She kind of has a Chuck Palahnuik feel with the repetitions, and vivid, weird descriptions. Everything fit into place for me at that point.

Halss parents’ concerns even come out in a way where you understand them, and not resent them as being simply annoying parents.