Wintergirls, Review

16 Mar

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Plot: Cassie and Lia were best friends since the third grade. Together, they make a pact to be the skinniest girls in school. Both girls get caught up in the never-ending quest to be their vision of perfection. Cassie, who is seemingly perfect on the outside, is the first to lose her battle, dying from complications from her bulimia. Lia, on the other hand, is a mess. She has been in and out of treatment centers for her anorexia, but has no control over herself. After being estranged for 6 months, Cassie calls Lia 33 times on the night that she dies. Lia does not answer the phone, and then becomes haunted by the thought that she could have prevented Cassie’s death. In fact, Lia begins to see the ghost of Cassie, who embodies all the thoughts and actions that Lia will not admit are negative (such as starving herself and cutting). Lia refuses to accept the offers of help from her family, and quickly spirals into a dangerous place. Will Lia end up destined for the same fate as Cassie?

Would you recommend this book? Yes.This book is well written, and allows the reader to gain a better understanding of someone who suffers from extremely low self-esteem, eating disorders, and self-destructive behaviors. There is a huge focus on the friendship between Cassie and Lia, despite it being unhealthy for both of the girls. Family plays a large role as well, although all family members (with the exception of Lia’s half-sister Emma) are presented as flawed characters (Lia’s mother is too focused on herself and career, Lia’s father is in denial of true problems, and Lia’s stepmother is unable to help.)

4 stars

–Lisa

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