Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Lia and Cassie were the best of friends who did everything together, including a dangerous competition to see who can be the thinnest. Because of this, Cassie pays the ultimate price; her life. This leaves Lia to feel completely guilty for not being there to save her. All she hears is Cassie’s voice as she continues to starve herself, trying to get as thin as she can possibly be. She doesn’t know when to stop, until she reaches that moment where everything is put into perspective, changing her life.
The book, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson gives readers an intense look inside the life of someone dealing with anorexia. The author uses a unique writing fashion that lets you know exactly what the person thinks when it comes down to food and their weight. With a beautifully written storyline and characters that make you feel their emotions deeply, Wintergirls is definitely worth recommending to anyone in high school and older. This book, although chilling, aims to aware teenagers of such eating disorders by vividly capturing the motivations and isolation of a teenager going through this by herself. By putting yourself in Lia’s shoes, this becomes a haunting novel that keeps you thinking way after you put it down. Cassie W.; Teen Reviewer