Wintergirls By Laurie Halse Anderson


Blurb from Goodreads:

“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.

I have read a lot of novels about Anorexia. I have read a lot of biographies about Anorexia. Wintergirls however stands separate from most. Aimed at teenagers and young adults it shows the true reality of this illness. It shows the loss of power, something many don’t understand. The addiction of starving yourself. The disturbed self image. The inner anguish those with anorexia live with. The physical pain. The lack of energy.

Anderson’s Wintergirls shows the true destruction Anorexia causes. The fact that death is one of the common yet serious side effect that people forget about. Remember Anorexia has the highest mortality rates of all mental illnesses. Many authors leave out this fact. It is always recovery stories. Yes there is a story of recovery in here. But it does not shield the reader of the nastier side of this illness.

A book that is written fluently and beautifully yet showing the true devil of Anorexia.

I urge young adults and teens to pick up all the novels by Laurie Halse Anderson. They are tough reads but they are important works to educate yourself of the darker side of life and give comfort to those who have had to or are currently dealing with such issues.

4.5 out of 5