Monday, March 2, 2009

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

"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 are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend's restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

Wow, is one word to describe this book. This was such a beautifully written book, but in a very heartbreaking way. Tough content matter is tabled, but you are engulfed into Lia's world, and see things through her eyes. This book brings to the table the reality of eating disorders in our world today and how they can effect not only the one who is suffering with the disease but those surrounding them. Also, seeing things through the eyes of Lia made me understand slightly more what the life of an anorexic girl is like. This book was insanely good, and highly recommended!!!! 5/5