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.
Wintergirls was a real strong and emotional read. Everything about it was very intense, and there were also some parts that were disturbing, too.
Lia was a very deep character. It broke my heart watching go through everything, and watching her self-destruction. Between the eating disorder and the cutting, it was all very agonizing and hard to handle at times.
I particularly liked the writing in this novel. This was part of what made it so powerful. It ws very comelling, and gave the book a whole new effect.
Overall, this was an exceptional novel. It was strong and powerful and Anderson did a great job, as usual, with all the issues going on in this book.