An incredible story about a teenage girl who’s only aspiration is to be as skinny as she can be. A view to the inner workings of her mind after her best friend Cassie dies, trying to win the contest of being the thinnest. It truly was a strange walk through a very troubled and confused mind. Being haunted by Cassie and pushed to her limits was such a frightening experience to standby and watch. I just couldn’t imagine anyone going through this – yet I am aware it happens every day.
I found this story difficult to read on many levels. The topic itself was hard to grasp – but the way the story was written and presented – was tough but I understand why it was tough. The chunkiness (I can’t think of a better word right now) of the written page fit the way Lia’s mind was working – in the present now – switching back and forth to Cassie – blacking out – coming back. The way it was written and presented to the reader – I think really emphasized how Lia was handling her life.
I would recommend this book to the older teens – and yes – maybe I’m stereotyping or following what I believe – but I would definitely recommend this to girls rather than they guys. Or maybe the guys should read it – to get a better understanding as to how these young ladies’ minds can work. Interesting… I would also recommend that parents read this book!
Here’s a video showcasing Laurie Halse Anderson talking about the motivation behind writing this book.
“You’re not dead, but you’re not alive, either. You’re a wintergirl, Lia-Lia, caught in between the worlds. You’re a ghost with a beating heart…” p. 196
Anderson, Laurie Halse. (2009). Wintergirls. Toronto, ON: Speak.
Author website: http://www.writerlady.com/