Saturday, June 23, 2012

Old is Gold {7}: Wintergirls by Laure 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 were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives. Her father is away on business. Her step-mother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way—thin, thinner, thinnest—maybe she'll disappear altogether.

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.
Title: Wintergirls 
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson  
Release Date/Publisher: March 19,2009 by Viking Juvenile
Why You Should Read It: I have no words for this book guys. Like, none what so ever that can accurately describe how much I loved and hated this book. I loved it because it's so realistic and written so well and it really, really showed how anorexia can affect a person's life. I hated this book because it was so...horrifying. When I was reading this book, I didn't wan to believe that this sort of stuff really did happen to people all over the world. I want to convince myself that the world was as happy and wonderful as I had hoped it was. Laure Halse Anderson delivers a gut wrenching story about a girl's "descent into the all-sonsuiming vortex of anorexia." 

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