Monday, January 25, 2010

young adult book review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Wintergirls is the story of Lia, an 18-year-old with an eating disorder dealing with her life and the death of her former best friend, Cassie. At times, it's hard to read because it's not terribly pleasant to be inside the mind of a character obsessed with calories, exercise, and losing weight. I commend Laurie Halse Anderson for writing this honest book. While it was difficult for me to read, I can only imagine how beneficial it would be in the hands of a girl (or boy) struggling with an eating disorder. The book feels like a mystery too, as Lia looks into Cassie's final moments. It's not an easy book, but it's an important one.

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)
Pages: 288 pages
Publication date: March 19, 2009
Source: my local public library

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