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Wintergirls Paperback – CLV, February 23, 2010
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Grade 8 Up—After the death of her former best friend Cassie, 18-year-old Lia slowly spirals toward her own death, drowning in guilt while starving, cutting, and running on a treadmill in the middle of the night in this emotional novel (Viking, 2009) by Laurie Halse Anderson, winner of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award. Her father is in denial and her mother is distant; her stepmother and little sister look on helplessly. Lyrically visual, this starkly truthful and chilling first-person tale is narrated convincingly by Jeannie Stith, who perfectly mimics the sarcasm and angst of a teen girl's struggle with anorexia. An interview with the author concludes the audiobook. Recommended for Anderson's fans and those who enjoy books by Sonya Sones and Ellen Hokins.—Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ
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*Starred Review* Problem-novel fodder becomes a devastating portrait of the extremes of self-deception in this brutal and poetic deconstruction of how one girl stealthily vanishes into the depths of anorexia. Lia has been down this road before: her competitive relationship with her best friend, Cassie, once landed them both in the hospital, but now not even Cassie’s death can eradicate Lia’s disgust of the “fat cows” who scrutinize her body all day long. Her father (no, “Professor Overbrook”) and her mother (no, “Dr. Marrigan”) are frighteningly easy to dupe—tinkering and sabotage inflate her scale readings as her weight secretly plunges: 101.30, 97.00, 89.00. Anderson illuminates a dark but utterly realistic world where every piece of food is just a caloric number, inner voices scream “NO!” with each swallow, and self-worth is too easily gauged: “I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.” Struck-through sentences, incessant repetition, and even blank pages make Lia’s inner turmoil tactile, and gruesome details of her decomposition will test sensitive readers. But this is necessary reading for anyone caught in a feedback loop of weight loss as well as any parent unfamiliar with the scripts teens recite so easily to escape from such deadly situations. Grades 9-12. --Daniel Kraus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In Wintergirls, Anderson does what gives me toe-curls when I'm reading fiction-- an arresting, fascinating unreliable narrator who gives you entryway into what its like to experience the world outside of the "norm."
Lia's best friend, Cassie, died alone in a hotel and now Lia's parents are tip-toeing around her, checking up on how much she eats, and forcing her to go to therapy sessions early.
Lia plays the dutiful daughter, but Cassie's ghost is haunting her, taunting her about how much she eats. Soon Lia is nuking food in the microwave so the kitchen will smell, but burying the food so her parents won't know she isn't eating.
She's painfully aware of the calories in even a tablespoon of cream cheese, and only feels in control when her weight gets closer and closer to her ideal of 95.0 pounds or she's letting loose all the bad feelings and hateful words through slicing her own flesh with razor blades.
Wintergirls is written in Lia's inner monologue, crossed out words and all she won't even let herself think (she crosses out "mom" and substitutes "Dr. Marrigan" instead). It's a disjointed, haunting view of seeing the world through a self-hate lens, and Lia's voice will stay with you long after you put the book down. I was fascinated by the ring of truth behind Lia's strategies to fool her parents and also the voices of the other girls online.
Probably not a book you'd want younger YA readers to attempt without some talk about anorexia, and self-destruction beforehand. Probably not a path you'd want to walk down if you're feeling emotionally vulnerable, either, as Lia's pain and that of her family is real and un-tempered.
I downloaded this book last month because it was on sale for $2.99 and I had a gift card burning a hole in my pocket. I had heard of Laurie Halse Anderson because Speak is a banned book and that gets a lot of publicity during banned books week. Wintergirls came to my attention when I read Writing Irresistible KidLit by Mary Kole. It was one of the books she referenced as an example in several of the chapters.
Wintergirls is a meat and potatoes kind of book. It sticks with you long after you read it. Lia is a high school senior struggling with an eating disorder. Her former best friend has recently died and the story covers the short time period after her death. I don't want to say too much, otherwise I'll give the story away. Suffice to say, it's worth reading.
Ms. Anderson tackles tough issues with grace and respect. Her writing style is easily read, without speaking down to the reader. Despite her books being geared toward the young adult crowd, they can also be enjoyed by adults. I wouldn't place them in the new "new adult" genre, because they're not.
One of the things that stuck out for me in Wintergirls was how smart Lia is. She knows she's not okay, but she's helpless to change it, at least for a while. I imagine it's the same with any disease - you know there's something wrong with you and you know you should do something to change it or find a way to feel better, but you feel stuck and unsure where to go from where you are.
"What do I want?
The answer to that question does not exist."
Although this book is close to three hundred pages, I finished it in three days. I never read books that fast - I don't have endless time to read and I'm kind of a slow reader - but Anderson's writing style is such that you can breeze through the chapters in a couple of minutes. Some of the chapters are only two or three pages. To me, that's a sign of a good book - one that hooks you in the first few pages so well that you can't put it down until you finish.
I believe that you've created a metaphorical universe in which you can express your darkest fears. In one aspect, yes, I believe in ghosts, but we create them. We haunt ourselves, and sometimes we do such a good job, we lose track of reality.
This was just one of my favorite lines in the story. I'd recommend Wintergirls to anyone who is struggling with anything, whether it's an eating disorder or something else, because in the end, it's a story of hope.
Disclaimer: I purchased Wintergirls from Amazon. All opinions are my own.
The story is a mature look at the darkness, the sadness and consequences of eating disorders. The author takes you through the friendship of two young girls on opposite sides of the disorder spectrum, who belong to an exclusive club called "Winter girls," who exists between a thin line of life and death.
I initially heard about 'Wintergirls" in the NYT book review in 2008. Though I'm a little too old for teen fiction, some of the quotes featured in the review stuck with me and I finally decided to purchase on my Kindle about two months ago.
I was finished with the book in three days. (It is a short read, but factoring in my work schedule, that's pretty quick for me.) I think "Wintergirls" is particularly interesting because we're presented with Lia who, in many ways, is an average American high school student. The reader should be able to relate to Lia in some regard because many of us have been where Lia is during the novel--ready to be done with school, unsure about college and relationships and at odds with her immediate family.
Many readers will find themselves unable to relate to Lia, as she is dealing with an eating disorder. Perhaps it was put best by Cassie, one of the other characters in the novel: “You’re not dead, but you’re not alive, either. You’re a wintergirl, Lia-Lia, caught in between the worlds. You’re a ghost with a beating heart. Soon you’ll cross the border and be with me. I’m so stoked.”
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Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Genre: Family/Mental Health/Medical
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