Matilda Reviews: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Running Reader


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.

My Thoughts:

For those who have read other works by Laurie Halse Anderson, you’re well acquainted with her propensity for writing about adolescents facing serious issues. Wintergirls is no different. It delves deep into the psyche of an eighteen-year-old girl struggling with a very serious case of anorexia nervosa.

I’ve read other books about girls with eating disorders. All of them worked their way under my skin, but not all of them truly upset me like this one did. Wintergirls is not for the faint of heart or stomach. Protagonist Lia’s disturbed thoughts and disordered behaviors are laid out…

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