Wintergirls

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Penguin Young Readers Group | February 23, 2010 | Trade Paperback

Wintergirls is rated 4.93333333333333 out of 5 by 15.
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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.31 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

Published: February 23, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014241557X

ISBN - 13: 9780142415573

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was strong This book is amazing. I could read it ten times in a row and still be taken in by the bone chilling and accurate descriptions of what a person may feel with an eating disorder.
Date published: 2015-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Over again. I read this book first when I just came out, I am now re reading it and I still love this book. From someone who suffers with the same problems, it is very emotional and powerful.
Date published: 2015-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reading For my birthday i got a kobo i am just starting to read it anits prety good zo far and hopefully its good
Date published: 2015-05-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! I loved this book a lot!!! But I wish it would be a little longer but that wouldn't knock a star off. I enjoyed it because it never got boring. I was always excited and anxious to know what would happen next! I stay up at night till the sun rises and even after that! Just to read this amazing book! Definitely one of my favorites!
Date published: 2014-07-20
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 Loved it! At the moment I picked up Wintergirls I had no idea what the book was about. I went in completely blind. I didn't expect that it would be such a powerful and emotional read. But it was. There were moments when I wanted to shake some sense into Lia. Other moments my greatest desire was to take Lia by the hand and tell her that everything would be alright. I wanted to guide her to the help she so desperately needed. The only thing she needed to do was just accept it. No catch involved. I was completely emotionally invested in this novel. Laurie did such an exceptional job in portraying Lia's self-destruction. I felt her pain and her desperation to the core. My heart was breaking and crying out for Lia because I couldn't do anything to help her. I'm a super huge fan of happy endings and although this one doesn't have a supreme happy ending it leaves us with hope and the realization that life is definitely worth fighting for, no matter how bad you think you have it. Hope that from here on, things will be better. My heart goes out to all the girls going through the same situation that Cassie and Lia are going through in Wintergirls. This is definitely a book worth picking up. This is the first novel I've read by Laurie Halse Anderson and it will no be the last.
Date published: 2014-01-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it Its such a good book
Date published: 2013-03-31
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

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Wintergirls

Wintergirls

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 304 pages, 8.31 × 5.5 × 0.88 in

Published: February 23, 2010

Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 014241557X

ISBN - 13: 9780142415573

Read from the Book

1   So she tells me, the words dribbling out with the cranberry muffin crumbs, commas dunked in her coffee.   She tells me in four sentences. No, five.   I can’t let me hear this, but it’s too late. The facts sneak in and stab me. When she gets to the worst part   . . . body found in a motel room, alone . . .   . . . my walls go up and my doors lock. I nod like I’m listening, like we’re communicating, and she never knows the difference.   It’s not nice when girls die.   2   “We didn’t want you hearing it at school or on the news.” Jennifer crams the last hunk of muffin into her mouth. “Are you sure you’re okay?”   I open the dishwasher and lean into the cloud of steam that floats out of it. I wish I could crawl in and curl up between a bowl and a plate. (My stepmother) Jennifer could lock the door, twist the dial to SCALD, and press ON.   The steam freezes when it touches my face. “I’m fine,” I lie.   She reaches for the box of oatmeal raisin cookies on the table. “This must feel awful.” She rips off the cardboard ribbon. “Worse than awful. Can you get me a clean container?”   I take a clear plastic box and lid out of the cupboard and hand it across the island to her. “Where’s Dad?”   “He had a tenure meeting.”   “Who told you about Cassie?”   She crumbles the edges of the cookies before she puts them in the box, to make it look like she baked instead of bought. “Your mother called late last night with the news. She wants you to see Dr. Parker right away instead of waiting fo
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From the Publisher

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.

About the Author

Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O’Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.

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Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17