Audiobook Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Friday, October 15, 2010 0 Comments A+ a-

If you're looking to read a book that delves into the innermost thoughts of someone with anorexia, this book is for you. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson chronicles the thoughts and feelings the main character Lia has after the death of her best friend. And when I say innermost - I do mean innermost. We hear the tape that plays in her head, telling her that she's not good enough, stupid, and ugly. We witness how she plans out ways to trick people into thinking she's eating. We hear the mental notes she makes as she eats.
"I eat ten raisins (16) and five almonds (35) and a green-bellied pear (121) (=172)"
We watch her as she visits websites and blogs for girls just like her, who need motivation to "stay strong". It's absolutely crazy the way this girl thinks, and I absolutely love it. It's raw. It's real, and it's amazing.

It's poetic beauty even reminds me a bit of Fight Club... the movie, (haven't read the book) particularly during this part:
"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 library aide who hides in Fantasy.
I am the circus freak encased in beeswax.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.
Yes, the book was absolutely amazing. I loved every bit of it, and plan to read more of Laurie Halse Anderson's works as well. :)

Have you read Wintergirls? What did you think?
What do you think about a book on anorexia in general, as it's likely to trigger people prone to the disease? Leave a comment.
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