Monday, February 14, 2011

Book Review

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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.--

This is a must read for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson. Much like her book, Speak, this book is a powerful page turner. Subjects like anorexia and bulimia are tough to write and about and to read, but Anderson does a marvelous job of writing this book. The reader is really able to tap into the life of a girl with an eating disorder. The obsessive calorie counting and weighing show how traumatic eating disorders can be. The void left by Cassie's death brings Lia to the forefront of her own emotions. Will she choose to live or to die despite what she has witnessed with Cassie?