Wintergirls

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Penguin Group US | March 19, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

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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, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her. In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope.




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Published: March 19, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

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ISBN - 10: 1101029196

ISBN - 13: 9781101029190

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! This book sucked me in, I couldn't put it down! It made me laugh and cry and I would definitely read it again.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfectly Written I've only read one of Anderson's book before, Twisted, and I absolutely loved it. Also, I've been planning to read Speak as well, but I haven't managed to get my hands on that book yet. Holy crap, Lia's life is a mess. Ever since she saw her best friend, Cassie, retching up her insides on purpose to lose weight, she does it too, because they're best friends. She struggles with her self image so much that, not only does she not eat, but every time she eats, she remembers her caloric intake. And her maximum amount of calories PER DAY ? 800. Every time she loses weight, she just wants to lose more. Now, this book had me just flipping through because I really wanted to see Lia get better. I wanted her to get past those voices in her head telling her that she was stupid, that she was fat. She was not fat at all, at 18, she was 99 pounds and dropping. But that's how anorexia works, and many teens are going through the same thing. They lose weight, but it's never enough. I just wanted to say that, I'm not the skinniest, and NO, I'm not anorexic. I'm 13, and let's just say that I'm overweight. Reading this book, it set off something in me, making me want to just say this to every anorexic girl in the world. Skinny does NOT make you beautiful. I know everyone always says "the inside is what counts", and it's true. If you have a caring, loving soul, then you are beautiful. If you help others around you, stand up to bullies, you're beautiful in a way. Don't let those bitches get into your head telling you you're stupid, fat, not worth anything. Fight it. And if it's really too hard, tell someone. Call hot-lines, or talk to a school councillor.
Date published: 2012-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful and eye-opening. I don’t ever really need a reason to buy books. Usually when I go into a bookstore, I spend LOTS of time scouring the shelves to find a book on my wishlist at just the right price. Sometimes I find one, sometimes I don’t. But sometimes, I find a gem among the masses and masses of books on the shelves. Wintergirls was one of those. I knew that this book was about anorexia, but I really wasn’t prepared for how far Anderson wrote Lia’s character into the disorder. I’m not anorexic and I really don’t know anyone who has had the disorder, but I know enough to know that once you dive into it, it’s hard to get out. Lia’s character got so far into it that she’s having a hard time getting out. This is a hard book to talk about because it’s hard to look at Lia and see what she’s doing to herself and see her understand that she needs help — but behind that need, there’s also fear. I felt that the characters were so well written in this book — especially Lia’s character and her family. I can’t even come to think about what a family would go through, knowing that someone had died from anorexia, knowing that their daughter is still fighting that battle. The whole book was both an eye-opener and a heartbreaker. The best thing about this book was Anderson’s writing. I could understand how some readers might shy away from her writing style — it’s different, almost poetic, sometimes jarring. From the first few pages I was intrigued. I really enjoyed the writing and felt that it flowed perfectly. It reflected the confusion, the anxiety, and the stress that was going through Lia’s head so well that once you were in there, it was hard to get out. As I was reading, I couldn’t help comparing the book to a car wreck — and that’s not a bad thing. It’s hard reading about a character where you want to scream at her, you want to help her, but you can’t because you’re just the reader. But for a book to feel so real, for a character to feel like they’re reading their deepest and most private thoughts to you — it’s hard to just sit back and take it in and not be affected. I thought this was a wonderful book, but be warned — this isn’t a trip to the park. You’re not taking a roller coaster ride, eating cotton candy, and confiding with your best friend. Instead, you’re taking her hand and walking straight into a pit of fire. You’ll want to turn back, but you won’t. Laurie Halse Anderson is a force to be reckoned with. I plan to pick up some of her other books to see what else she has to offer because Wintergirls truly was one of the best.
Date published: 2012-08-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from breathtakingly-amazing This was a gripping story that had me from the first page. It was really hard to put this down. Laurie Halse Anderson has truly created a literary masterpiece with Wintergirls. The story of Lia is heartbreeakingly wrought with pain, a pain I have never felt, but I understand it. This really and truly is a book I would tell everyone to read.
Date published: 2012-01-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life changing. This is one of those books that will actually change how you see things if you can relate to it. It shows you the consequences of the actions of the girls in the book in a very straightforward way.
Date published: 2012-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life saving This book is beautiful, a beautiful life saver. This Ook saved me from my anorexia, when I was 12 I stopped eating, because I stopped fitting into small and I became a medium, all the girls in my school were extra small. I spiraled downhill, I stopped eating I stopped reding my only thoughts were calories, my family threatened to send me away and that want what I wanted. One day I had gone to the book store and this book stood out to me, and the SECOND I had finished reading this book I knew I had to change, and here I am 14 and a happy medium. I carry this book everywhere I go. I love this book and suggest it to everyone I know
Date published: 2011-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping & Unforgettable! Wintergirls left me thinking for many days after I finished reading it. Laurie Halse Anderson's style keeps you on the edge throughout the whole book. I couldn't put the book down and, when I succeeded in doing so, the story still haunted me. I recommended the book to my 15 years old students; some bought it and thanked me. Wintergirls is my favourite LHA's books, alongside Speak. A must-read!
Date published: 2011-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unforgettable This book really touched my heart. As someone who has suffered from both an ED and depression for several years, I can tell you that Laurie Halse Anderson is right on the money with what it is like. Wintergirls was thought-provoking and hauntingly beautiful, and is a wonderful novel that very accurately depicts life with an ED. I recommend it to anyone who has an ED or who knows someone who has one, or even just for the experience of a beautifully written book that delves into a distorted mind. Wonderful.
Date published: 2010-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing :) wintergirls is a fantastic read. the writing style is very unique and poetic. it was breathtaking! the plot is also amazing and sends an important message. LHA is an amazing authour. all in all, one of my fave books, ive already read it 2 and a half times in a couple weeks!
Date published: 2010-07-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thoughful and poetic Wow. I don't even know why this is listed as a young adult novel other than the fact that the girl in it is 18. But the structure and the style of the book is so much more literary. I wish books like these had been around when I was in high school. Anderson's writing is wonderful. Her characterisation is clean and I adore how she formats her story. I truly felt for the character and the frustration of the parents and everything about this story kept me highly interested. My one regret is that I finished it too quickly.
Date published: 2010-07-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Vividly Real *4.5 Stars Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the big-shot names in YA today, which sets Wintergirls up with high expectations - it definitely does not disappoint. Halse Anderson is known for tackling difficult and controversial issues pertinent to today's youth. Wintergirls deals with eating disorders - but it such away that makes the deadly disease come alive. It's almost like it was personified as another character or something, which was really remarkable to see. There's also something about the writing: the diction choice, the phrasing, the metaphors... it's so unique, so specifically branded as 'Laurie Halse Anderson'. There are so many passages of sheer beauty: "The snow drifts into our zombie mouths crawling with grease and curses and tabacco flakes and cavities and boyfriend/girlfriend juice, the stain of lies. For one moment we are not failed tests and broken condoms and cheating on essays; we are crayons and lunch boxes and swinging so high our sneakers punch holes in the clouds" (Halse Anderson 15)**. How beautiful is that? Wow, just breathtaking. Alas, I didn't connect with the characters (particularly Lia) as much as I would've liked. There's something about Wintergirls though, something that just stays with you. Hours after you finish reading it, the words continue to play out in your head, the scenarios repeat themselves, and your mind just continues to contemplate the story. Memorable and riveting, Wintergirls is a breathtaking story about an all-too-real issue plaguing today's youth. Laurie Halse Anderson has created a vividly real story that unfortunately plays out in real life all too often. **Halse Anderson, Laurie. Wintergirls. New York: Speak, 2009.
Date published: 2010-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from made me depressed, but amazing!!! im really starting to wonder if anyone else thought this book was as incredible as i did. i mean, i dont know how laurie halse anderson captured lia's disorder as well as she did. it was amazing, like it was her own life story. and i was honestly depressed for two days after finishing the book!!! i was just so saddened by the ending... this author doesnt ever really conclude her stories in a happy, satisfying way, does she? im starting to wonder about the author.. i mean, wintergirls was just sooo so deep and powerful its unreal. prepare to be emotionally moved and deeply impacted if you dare to read it!!
Date published: 2010-01-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Poetic This YA novel hits you over the head with a combination of heavy (and at times grisly) subject matter and beautiful, lyrical language. Filled with achingly realistic characters, this dark and despairing tale has just enough hope to keep you going.
Date published: 2009-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic It was heartbreaking, scary, and shocking. I loved the way it was written. It was like poetry.
Date published: 2009-10-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from HEARTBREAKING although for teens, it tells a painful story that should be read by parents-there is hope
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful. Haunting. I was really looking forward to reading Wintergirls. The multi-award-wining Laurie Halse Anderson's reputation for good literature and the buzz around it was so strong, that I put it on my "must read next" list. I am not disappointed. Definitely one the best books I have read in a while. When Lia's best friend Cassie mysteriously dies in a hotel room, she has to find a way to stay in control. Whether that means manipulating her stepmother Jennifer, avoiding her over-protective mother or playing nice with her seemingly clueless father. The only people that seem to reach her is her sister Emma and a stranger named Elijah who knows what happened the night Cassie died. Wintergirls is a story of the lengths we might go to perfect ourselves and hide ourselves from the things that we don't want to deal with. It speaks to the lies we might tell ourselves so that we can continue to hurt ourselves and those we love - until something pulls us back. Anderson is such a gifted writer, that I would pause and re-read sentences just to take in the sheer brilliance of it. Past and present are intertwined as Lia sifts through the painful things in her past while dealing with her best friend's death. You can see her conflict between staying stuck and resolving the pain. I read this book in practically one sitting and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys books that deal with challenging but important issues in a provocative way.
Date published: 2009-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It! I really loved this book, I don't want to give any spoilers but its a definite must read. Its not at all what I expected from the cover.
Date published: 2009-04-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing as Usual The only thing Lia wants is to be thin. She'd die for it, even. Having already been in for treatment for anorexia twice, Lia should be on the road to recovery. Only, she's not. After her ex-best friend dies after calling Lia 33 times, Lia succumbs to her inner demons, counts her calories obsessively and mutilates herself trying to forget about her friend and her stomach's constant pangs of hunger. Except, soon, Cassie (Lia's former friend) starts appearing to Lia as a ghost, calling Lia her wintergirl and telling her to join her in death. As Lia's body weakens, death seems to be her destiny. But does Lia allow Cassie to help her make the final push? I read Wintergirls about a century ago. (Okay, not really...but close.) But even though Wintergirls isn't "fresh" in my mind, I still remember it as I would have if I had read it yesterday. And that is skill, on Laurie Halse Anderson's part. Eating disorders are a topic that people dance around. They try to avoid discussing it and, when they do, they seem to only be able to preach about how to avoid such things. Many books have been written about these disorders, however, Wintergirls far surpasses those that I have read. Lia's anorexia is portrayed clearly and painfully in the novel. She lies compulsively, hides coins in her bathrobe during weigh-ins, and conceals her emancipated body under layers of bulky clothing. Her self-destructive thoughts along with her obsessive calorie counting only serve to heighten Lia's condition. Wintergirls is a horrible novel yet so amazing. Laurie Halse Anderson's prose mimics poetry; the words are perfectly chosen and when reading, the novel flows. Lia's obsessive need for control is seen as she even attempts to divert her thoughts by striking out her actual feelings and replacing them with the words she knows she must think. The characters in Wintergirl are well developed as well. Lia's parents, while well-meaning, only serve as an added fuel to Lia's anorexia. Whatever they mean to be an encourgement, provokes Lia into furthering her need for a weightless body. Both the father and the mother deal with their daughter's illness in different ways and are flawed, though they do mean well. Both act and seem like real people in the novel.Lia's stepsister, who at home adores her, is ashamed to be seen with Lia in public and Elijah, the guy Lia meets at the hotel that Cassie died at, is not what he seems. And Cassie, as a friend and as a ghost, has complicated motives... Overall, Wintergirls is not a book to be missed. Even if you find the subject matter unappealing, I advise you to read the book anyways. The way Laurie Halse Anderson tackles the subject is unique and I found the pages to breeze by yet resonate with every turn. Wintergirls is published in 2 days (the 19th), so make sure that you get yourself a copy!
Date published: 2009-03-23

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Wintergirls

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: March 19, 2009

Publisher: Penguin Group US

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1101029196

ISBN - 13: 9781101029190

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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, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her. In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope.




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