In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl's chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia. (Taken from inside flap)
Wintergirls was disturbing. It was scary and it was sad. But it was also powerful. I could not put it down. I was exhausted after our championship meet, but I couldn't sleep until I finished the last fifteen pages. Somehow, without me realizing it, I was sucked into this book. At first, I was wary of reading Wintergirls because I wasn't sure if I would be able to relate to Lia since I don't have an eating disorder. But I was glad I read it because I got an inside look into Lia's mind and began to understand the illness a little better. I liked how the whole book was full of Lia's thoughts and there were even things crossed out and re-written as Lia internally edited her feelings.
The book was definitely disturbing, as we see Lia drop in weight and go whole days only eating a cracker. And even though this book and Lia's actions were difficult to read about, I truly felt sad for Lia and that her compulsion to control one part of her life translated into an eating disorder. But as I was reading Wintergirls, I felt like I was reading something important. I hope that this book will bring awareness to eating disorders and maybe inspire people suffering from anorexia and bulimia to reach out for help.
8 out of 10.