Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wintergirls - Laurie Halse Anderson

First off, let me warn you that this book is:
Majorly Depressing.
I mean, it's about an anorexic girl whose bulimic best friend died.
SUCKAGE.
Lia is the main character, and she is plagued by negative self esteem and the mysterious death of her best friend, Cassie.
Lia has been in special care before for her anorexia, but is on her own again, attending school, dealing with family problems, and trying to hide from them how she is losing weight.
It goes from tampering with the scale so that instead of 90 lbs, it says she weighs 105 lbs, and then trying to figure out how to get down from 90 to 85, then to 80, then to 75 . . .
And all the while she keeps seeing Cassie.  Haunting her. Her best friend for years. They swore when they were younger that they would be the skinniest girls in school.
She hears things in her head, telling her she's stupid and fat, stupid and fat, all the time.  Her parents are disappointed in her, her young stepsister is confused, she thinks she should run away . . .
She doesn't know how to tell anyone that Cassie is following her around, talking to her.  She doesn't know how Cassie died.  No one will tell her, not even her mother, who is a doctor.
She can't figure out what she is running from.
Even if you're not anorexic, which statistically speaking, you're probably not, you may find something that strikes you as you. Chances are, you may have a negative self image, or you may be trying to hide something, and this book may help you find what it is.
That's what it did for me.
 

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