January 24th, 2011

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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

The Blurb On The Back:

Cassie’s body was found in a motel room.

She called Lia 33 times before she died.

Lia never picked up.

Now the voice in Lia’s head tells her to stay strong. Keep control. Lose more. Weigh less.

Thin. Thinner. Thinnest.


Maybe she can make herself disappear altogether.


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The Verdict:

Laurie Halse Anderson’s YA novel about anorexia is a modern classic. It’s a powerful and unflinching read that at times is very hard to read and it looks at the disease from every angle, never forcing conclusions. Special mention should be made of the clever use that Anderson makes of the text itself and its formatting to get the story across as it never feels gimmicky and really helps get inside the main character’s head. In short it’s one of the best YA novels I’ve read in a long time and I have no hesitation in recommending it to teens and grown ups alike.

Thanks to the Amazon Vine Programme for the free copy of this book.

Cross-posted to bookish, books, bookworming and yalitlovers.