Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss - her life - and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and feeling guilty for not being able to help save her. In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all - hope.
Wintergirls was a stunning first for me. I have never read a book that has touched on the topic of anorexia, let alone capture it so thoroughly, as Laurie Halse Anderson has managed to do.
Lia is anorexic. That becomes clear to us at the very beginning. She is living with her father and step-mother, and just trying to float by without anyone noticing. This book was both heartbreaking and eye-opening, and by the end, it was definitely moving.
Experiencing Lia's life and thoughts was truly emotional and incredible. Anderson painted such a vivid picture of the disease, and did it so effortlessly. The writing style was perfect, and really allows the reader to see inside of Lia's psychosis, and really just complete the book. The plot is also perfect, and the events that we experience with Lia are not only believable, but also seem necessary, and really make the book a work of art.
I recommend this book to readers of all ages. It is interesting, insightful, and emotional, and I think that adults and teenagers alike can not only learn from the remarkable story being told, but also appreciate its icy warmth.
Thoughts provoked--Cheers & Enjoy♥