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Wintergirls
 
 
Author
Laurie Halse Anderson.
Publisher Speak.  
Format paperback
ISBN 9780142415573
Pages/Publication Date 278/2010
Daedalus Item Code 29187
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In this young adult novel the author of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book Speak plunges into the mind of a teenage girl bent on eradicating herself. Lia and Cassie are best friends, "wintergirls" frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a contest to see who can be the thinnest. After Cassie loses her life, Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her.

"As events play out, Lia's guilt, her need to be thin, and her fight for acceptance unravel in an almost poetic stream of consciousness in this startlingly crisp and pitch-perfect first-person narrative. The text is rich with words still legible but crossed out, the judicious use of italics, and tiny font-size refrains reflecting her distorted internal logic. All of the usual answers of specialized treatment centers, therapy, and monitoring of weight and food fail to prevail while Lia's cleverness holds sway. What happens to her in the end is much less the point than traveling with her on her agonizing journey of inexplicable pain and her attempt to make some sense of her life."School Library Journal (starred review)

 
 
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