Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

dsc_4550STAR RATING: 4/5

DATE OF PUBLICATION: March 19th, 2009

PUBLISHER: Viking Books for Young Readers

NUMBER OF PAGES: 278 pages

SYNOPSIS:

“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.

Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

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