Saturday, February 13, 2010


Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
rating 9/10

“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.


  1. I loved this book--one of my all-time favorites. The language is just so powerful and beautiful. Lovelovelove it!

    Glad you liked it too :D

  2. Great review! I was also blown away by this book and it become one of my favourite books ever and also by far the best book I've read in 2009. I agree, the writing in this book was fantastic and really took this book to a whole new level - it's the only book I've ever rated 10/5, heh.

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