Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

wintergirlsSummary:  Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend’s death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

278 pages, Viking

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  1. Wow! This book was very traumatic. It was very well written, with excellent characters. It was hard watching the main character walk down a road of destruction. This book definitely has a shot at winning the printz award

  2. This book was horrifyingly real. The writing was amazing and the characters were excellent. I loved that there’s not a fairy-tale ending, though I won’t say more than that. I felt the main characters pain, and as someone whose life has been changed by anorexia, I appreciated the honesty. The examination of grief and loss is amazing and the book is well worth the read if you can handle the sadness. I wouldn’t be at all upset to see it win the Printz Award and as of now it’s still my top book.

  3. This book was amazing, but can be a little touchy to readers that aren’t used to the subject of eating disorders. The author goes very deep into the emotional stability of the character, leaving the reader practically feeling the same things the protagonist is feeling. People who are sensitive to touchy subjects like this should not read this book, though. I think they’d be a little traumatized.

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