I applaud her, truly. So this book totally disturbed me and I’m just going to go burrow under my blankets and cry because this book is as beautiful as it is terrible. Feb 22, Giselle rated it liked it. There were lots of strike thrus and other copy that made me unsure what the final book will be. Desperately, Lia goes to the motel room where Cassie died and takes a handful of sleeping pills, trying to block out the voices and get some rest. Find out more about Laurie by following her on Twitter at halseanderson, Instagram at halseanderson, and Facebook at lauriehalseanderson, or by visiting her website, madwomanintheforest. She blames them for her illness and doesn’t ever seem to take responsibility for it on herself.

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I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through. I also believe there are aspects of American life that fosters the development of eating disorders.

wintergirls laurie halse anderson

Raw, visceral, practically painful writing. This book gets five stars and not four from me, despite a couple of flaws, because Lia seemed so real and the writing style was wonderful and the language was lovely.

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Eating disorders have the highest fatality rate of any mental illness. Her obsession with calories, not eatin Wintergirls. How else can publishers let teens know about new books? However, you can obviously still read it This was my first read by Laurie Halse Anderson and I now see why people love her writing so much.


After she was dead, I’d do the kindest thing, and have her cremated, and I’d even take a mortar and pestle and grind the bits of bone left into powder, then scatter her ashes over a barren landscape where nothing could survive, and her remains wouldn’t accidentally nourish anything in the ground, because that’s as close as I could come to providing her heart’s seemingly only anedrson to weigh absolutely nothing.

Jan 31, edh rated it it was amazing.

Gripping anorexia docu; watch with your kids. Could she have saved her wintervirls she answered the phone? This book is well researched, so well written, and Laurie Halse Anderson has created a beautiful piece that is so respectful to those with eating disorders. May ajderson, Linda rated it it was ok Shelves: Laurie Halse Anderson is a master at her craft, and as mentioned earlier I definitely agree with everyone who claims that she writes beautiful, yet haunting stories.


It was not a bad book, just not for me. I was long divided.

wintergirls laurie halse anderson

Disturbing, lauded eating disorder read; discuss with teens. View all 28 comments. I have finally made peace with my body, and that has allowed the real me—my spirit, my intellect, and my heart—to soar. A complaint that I have seen about this book is the andersoh that the author never really explains what has caused Lia to be the way that she wintergirlw.

Doctors with first-hand experience with the devastation of eating disorders encouraged me to publish the book.


Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson

Parents’ Ultimate Guide to I spoke with them and did as much reading as I could in medical journals. Wintergirls has received mostly positive reviews from critics. Any further comments that are merely tearing into me about what I do or not know, any personal attacks, are not productive. I was lucky enough to get an early copy of this book, as Laurie and I share a publisher. I believe in the surprising and occasional comfort the ground offers, deceiving you into never finding your feet and rising up again.

Months after a fall out with her best friend Cassie, Lia receives news that she has died from bulimia. View all 51 comments. This is difficult but important material for teens and parents to discuss — and ultimately, there is hope. That’s just it, Lia made me believe in her story. Anderson creates a page turner and certainly has an admirable command of language. When their eating disorders spiral out of control and repeated stays in treatment centers don’t help, Lia finally distances herself from Cassie.

She picks the bruised apples at lunch so she has an excuse to cut some of it off, she sews quarters in the lining of her robe to add weight when she has to stand on the s Lia fights a war every day.