The New York Times bestselling story of a friendship frozen between life and death. Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies. WINTERGIRLS is very painful to read and very, very powerful. It is not for the faint of heart, but fans of Laurie Halse Anderson may find it hard to resist. Teens will. “Wintergirls,” Laurie Halse Anderson’s new novel, takes us into this dark, tyrannical world through the experience of Lia, the year-old.
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But as a writer, Anderson fails to dig. There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. Don’t let them eat you up. All in all it wasn’t anything overly special, though I still enjoyed the story.
But I think there is more to great literature than a captivating narrative. The obsessive thoughts and messages running through Lia’s head are dead-on.
Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson
The novel in this form was pages, pages with the acknowledgments. It had a lot of depth and was really thought provoking, but otherwise it fell flat, just a lil bit. Is there a reason the reader is supposed to hope Lia survives? After she was dead, I’d do the kindest thing, and have her cremated, and I’d even take a mortar and pestle and grind the bits of bone left into powder, then scatter her paurie over a barren landscape where nothing could survive, and her remains wouldn’t accidentally nourish anything in the ground, because lahrie as close as I could come to providing her heart’s seemingly only desire– to weigh absolutely nothing.
He said kids with really hard life issues can often see things more clearly in a myth than they can in realistic fiction. She has been twice nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award…. It allows the reader to see more than Lia can see about herself. To be honest I wasn’t a huge fan of Wintergirls when I first started reading this one. Laurie Halse Anderson knows how to write a good and powerful book!
Do you think this book’s discussion of eating disorders will help prevent them and provide support for victims Anyone else freaked out by this? By attempting this feat, Anderson has created a nuanced portrait of a teenager locked in a life or laugie battle. I simply never grew to care whether or not lqurie got well and had this book been successful for wintergirs, I should have cared.
In the beginning of the book, I felt every 5 or so pages I was reading another flashback, which is a bit excessive for my reading tastes. Hlse the thing is to listen.
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I identified with her dad, when he finally lost it, and started screaming at her. Helpful, Insightful, Worthwhile I have read countless books about eating disorders. The chapters are also formatted this way example: We get no glimpse of the “girl that could be” without the illness. I just don’t feel that that was sufficient. Preview — Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. Nov 06, Kristi rated it liked it. Looking for More Great Reads? This book marked the first point in time that I came to realise that I was sick.
I strongly, strongly suggest they speak to a doctor for professional advice. Column 4 Our impact report: I felt extremely sorry for her. It was just too much Puke and starve and drink and cut because you need the anesthetic and it works.
It’s a very strong and impactful story; especially, I would imagine, if you read it as a young adult which this novel is targeted towards. Get it now Searching for streaming and purchasing options There are only small steps upward; an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore.
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They said that writing a book that told the ugly truth of death and near-death from eating disorders would, in the long run, educate people and bring much-needed discussion to the topic. What are we having for dinner? Get full reviews, ratings, and advice delivered weekly to your inbox. Dec 31, Emma Giordano rated it it was amazing.
Also, few people know that anorexia has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. How old is your kid?
That said, the main character is dissociated, so it’s hard to feel particuarly close wintergurls her as a reader. Lia makes reference to the fact that she knows she is starving herself so she isn’t acting out of unawareness or confusion, she simply doesn’t care if she’s hurting herself or her family or anyone.
As with the plotting, this fractured and utterly convincing interior monologue is intercut with the rather bored face she presents to the world around her. It is an extremely powerful and honest look at the life of an anorexic girl. What can I say about this book?