Anderson, Laurie. Wintergirls. New York: Viking/Penguin Group Inc., 2009.
Written by: Laurie Halse Anderson
Reviewed by: Jennifer Quan
Recommended Audience: Highschool
Cassie and Lia were best friends who made a deal with each other that they would become the skinniest girls in school. Unfortunately, Lia would have to become the skinniest girl in school alone. On the night before her best friend’s death, Lia received 33 missed calls from Cassie. The next morning, Jennifer, Lia’s step-mother informs her that Cassie’s body was found in a motel room, alone. Lia blames herself for Cassie’s death. As their memories begin to haunt her, Lia is followed by Cassie’s ghost. On a later day, Lia receives a call from a guy named Elijah. The message asks her to stop by the Gateway Motel but cuts off after, “I promised Cassie I’d–.”
Throughout Wintergirls Lia learns to cope with her best friend’s death, an eating disorder, and broken family relationships. She will learn to appreciate life and food, but only when her time is almost up. Wintergirls allows readers to dive into the mind of a teenage girl that cuts and starves herself and to discover a mother’s love for her daughter and the bond shared between sisters.
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