Mar 30, 2010

Review | Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Title: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Series: N/A
Genre: Young Adult - Contemporary
Publication: March 19, 2009 by Viking Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other peoples lives. Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way -- thin, thinner, thinnest -- maybe she'll disappear altogether.

Thoughts: I knew it was going to be tough book to read because of the subject, but I really wanted to read it because I'd heard it was great. Not only is it powerful, I thought it was completely sad. I really was heartbroken with every page I turned because of how the disorder affected Lia.

I know that Lia was going through some tough times, but I really wanted to just shake her and make her realize, really see what she was doing to herself. I was really hurting for her, and I loved that Anderson created such a real and raw character that I felt I knew.

I'd only read one other book by Anderson, Speak, and I liked it but it didn't really interest me too much. This one was really different for me. Although both are about tough issues, I really felt like I connected with this one even though I've never been in or known any one to be in this sort of situation.

I would definitely recommend this book to everyone, it is a really tough and great book to read.


  1. Wow. Great review. Not sure I could handle this one. But I'm so glad that books like this are out there. Especially for girls who may struggle with similar pressures.

  2. I'm not sure I'd be able to handle this one either. Still on the fence about reading it, but your review is tipping closer to the 'READ IT!' side.

  3. Awesome interview! I really loved this book. It was my second LHA book... but I think I actually liked it more than Speak. She did a fantastic job showing the inner workings of anorexia as something more than just I'm too fat so let me starve.... the fear, all of it- so well done.