Wintergirls

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.


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Cheryl FinnanPosted June 30, 2011

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson is a work of fiction, but it seemed so hauntingly real that it took my breath away.

Meet Lia, an 18-year-old high school senior, whose "former best friend" Cassie has just died from complications from bulimia. L...

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