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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Wintergirls are Lia and Cassie, best friends but also fierce competitors. They both share a desire to be skinny.

Cassie is a pretty girl who started battling bulimia at a young age, and Lia is her former best friend who is still battling anorexia, and has to deal with getting weighed every week by her stepmom.

The emotional and physical aspects of both diseases are explored in-depth, and you get to see the story unfold. You know that the author is trying to show the horrors of eating disorders, but the book never feels preachy. The parents' concerns come out in a way that you understand them, and Lia's protests come out in a way that you understand her too. We are inside their heads hearing the inner monologue, and this is a fascinating way to read about subjects like this.

Laurie Halse Anderson, the author of "Speak" and other award-winning novels, has written a fearless, riveting account of a young woman in the grip of a deadly illness. By the end of the book, though we don't know what Lia's future will look like, we shut it hoping for the best for her, and with more than surface knowledge of what it's like to live with an eating disorder.


Submitted by: Kelechi

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years."
~Mark Twain, "Old Times on the Mississippi" Atlantic Monthly, 1874
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~Clarence Budington Kelland

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