Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Book Review: Wintergirls, by Laurie Halse Anderson

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By: Laurie Halse Anderson
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At midnight on New Year’s, Lia made a promise to her best friend, Cassie: she swore to be the skinniest girl in school. But when Cassie dies abruptly, eighteen-year-old Lia suddenly has to deal with the confusion of seeing her dead friend’s ghost, who urges her to eat even less than she already does. While busy trying to hide her anorexia, Lia doesn’t realize that her family just wants her to get better. But Lia’s view of life is dark and lonely, and in her suffering mind, she is slowly fading away. Soon she will have to choose whether or not she has the will to live, before it’s too late.

Parents should be aware that this book contains:

• Profanity (including one F-word)
• Violence (Lia cuts herself, and one scene is particularly gruesome)
• Anorexia and bulimia themes
• Mentions of vomit
• References to drinking and drug use
• A few mentions of girls’ breasts and bras
• Partial nudity (not romantic)
• Brief reference to homosexuality

Wintergirls is a heavy and emotional young adult contemporary novel for mature readers. It in no way encourages anorexia, but Lia’s thoughts and actions can be disturbing and, at times, frustrating. The book’s length is short, and Laurie Halse Anderson’s addicting and beautiful writing is sure to keep readers on edge.

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