Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

The death of her best friend sends an anorexic girl into a backsliding tailspin.

While all of Laurie Halse Anderson‘s books are fantastic, Wintergirls is the first one to equal Speak in its simple depth, elegant honesty, and dynamic storytelling.

Anderson frames Lia’s emotional journey through her grief over the death of her best friend, the girl who taught her to be anorexic in the first place. It’s a heartwrenching story because Lia’s suffering is so palpable, yet Anderson isn’t afraid to let us be frustrated by Lia’s stubbornness and blindness.

Anderson’s wordsmithing is in top form. She come up with imagery that’s fresh, precise and evocative, without calling attention to itself. This is topnotch writing in service of a riveting story–it doesn’t get much better!

4 thoughts on “Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson”

  1. Awesome review. I LOVED this book. Everyone should check it out. I posted my own review yesterday with a couple videos that I feel fit…if you want or have time, check it out. 🙂


  2. I’ll have to add this book to my to-read list. I really enjoyed the book Speak, and I wasn’t aware that the author of that book had other books out.

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