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Title: Wintergirls
   Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
   Release Date: March 19th, 2009

     “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 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.

     In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

My Stance:

     Wintergirls is a book that I never thought I would get interested in. However with The Impossible Knife of Memory fully intriguing me, I sought out other books by her. In it came this book which at first I thought it would be a paranormal book based on the first part of the synopsis, boy was I wrong. I never would have thought from the cover it would be a coming of age/recovery tell.

     Lia and Cassie two girls who compete to be the skinniest? How is that even normal. I love the question, what comes after a size double-zero? However, I don't think that's a healthy question to ask. This book reminds me of what Christian Bale did to himself for the role he had in Machinist. I don't think what these girls are doing is at all right and what it would take to bring yourself back out of that lifestyles and change who you are, would be beyond gut wrenching. I am anxious and I want to see more of the brutal world Anderson gives her readers.
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