Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Friends since childhood, Lia and Cassie share everything – including their eating disorders. Cassie binges and purges to try to make the pain of her family go away, Lia starves herself to become the skinniest girl in the school. When Cassie dies of complications from her disease, it sends Lia into yet another cycle of anorexia. What’s worse, she’s haunted by Cassie’s spirit, a force trying to pull her into a similar fate. Lia must decide if she will stay “strong”, or return the land of the living.

As with Speak, Anderson presents a gripping story of an issue faced by many young adults today: eating disorders. Through stark realism, she shows readers the inner-workings of anorexia and bulimia, as well as the mindset of their sufferers. Though I’m not a die-hard fan of Anderson, I did like this book (I also liked Speak), and I think it sheds light on a very important problem faced by many. It’s a quick read with a fast storyline — though it does have somewhat flat characters. Pick it up if you’re in the mood for a heavy read!

Rating: 4/5

*YALSA Top Ten Teen’s Best Fiction, 2010
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