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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Hearing from readers who were struggling with eating disorders made me want to write about their battle. Those clever word games are used to powerful effect, from the endless repetitions of Lia’s self-hating mantras to the crossed-out words that give the lie to her own thoughts.


This is a book about anorexia nervosa andefson. So they for sure would have investigated the messages further. Apr 02, C. Unlike what some people said cough parent comment, cough this book does the exact opposite but encourage you into eating disorders. Her obsession with calories, not eatin Wintergirls.

About Laurie Halse Anderson. It was not a bad book, just not for me.

She has been dealing with this eating disorder for quite some time and none of the help she received has made much of a difference. I wish I could say this story is uncommon, extreme, exaggerated and sensational. Laurie Halse Anderson is a master at her craft, and as mentioned earlier I definitely agree with everyone who claims that she writes beautiful, yet haunting stories.


I worked with psychiatrists and other doctors who specialize in the treatment of eating disorders. Is it OK for kids to read books outside their reading levels? I want to eat like a normal person eats, but I need to see my bones or I will hate myself even more and I might cut my heart out or take every pill that was ever made.

It’s not really a spoiler, but since it’s at the end I will put it here: My review of a BOOK is not intended to put down or de-value anyone. New Hampshire United States. At the same time, it is a difficult balance to strike. The experts said some readers might use the book to help them in their quest to lose weight. View all 12 comments. Laurie Halse Anderson knows how to write a good and powerful book!

There is nothing casual or light-hearted about them. Jul 08, Kyla rated it liked it. Winntergirls sense that something is not quite right in Lia’s world, but Anderson never gives us enough information to speculate as to what’s wintergirlw the obsession.

The dirt in this case is, of course, herself. Lia’s protests don’t make you feel like she is being a typical rebellious teen, either. April Second Read: I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through. What responsibility does an author have for what her readers do after reading her book?

We get no glimpse of the “girl that could be” without the illness. View all 27 comments. Have you seen these for books before? Like, the writing lingers in that area between metaphor and reality.

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Get it now on Searching for streaming and purchasing options And I feel like Lia did not get the help there that she needed. Parent of a 9 and 12 year old Written by 2lildivasmom February 20, This book marked the first point in time that I lautie to realise that I was s Reading Challenge: The true nature of anorexia is made painfully clear.


Feb 22, Giselle rated it liked it. Books by Laurie Halse Anderson. Lia is none of these things – and although those aren’t requirements for anorexia, Anderson doesn’t give us anything else to go on.

Wintergirls has received mostly positive reviews from critics. Pages were completely andersoj with no text. Mar 26, 46milestogo rated it did not like it. But Laurie Halse Anderson is very close to the top of the list of my favorite authors who write for teens, and this is the second title in the row of hers that I’ve given two stars.

I will definitely be checking out more books from this author.

Wintergirls Q&A

I never developed a clinical eating disorder, but for decades I had a very confused image of myself, and I put way too much emphasis on how I looked. It makes me want to scream. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Continue reading Show less. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Open Preview See a Problem?

And Wintergirls in no exception.