Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Wintergirls by: Laurie Halse Anderson

Publication Date: February 2010

“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 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.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl’s chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.

My thoughts: This book really spoke to me. I have dealt with eating disorders in my family for a long time. And this book is just a point of view from the person who is actually struggling. I found it refreshing to really feel the way she felt.
I think if you know someone with a eating disorder you should pick this book up and read it. It will help you understand.
I felt bad for these girls, whose families have so much going on they don't seem to care til it's almost too late. And for one family it is too late. And I think someone should slap them in the face. You have children to enjoy them and if your not spending time with them, then how can you enjoy them.
These girls face so much it's hard to tell how this starts, and how do you truly end it either.

My rating 5 stars

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