Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


byLaurie Halse Anderson

Kobo ebook | March 19, 2009

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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.

Title:WintergirlsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 19, 2009Publisher:Penguin Group USLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1101029196

ISBN - 13:9781101029190


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wintergirls Really great book about girls experiencing Anorexia. Really interesting and relatable. I recommend this for girls with eating disorders because it gives you a little perspective.
Date published: 2017-12-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So real This book hooks you and infiltrats your mind. It pulls every emotion possible out of you. I can't say enough on how good and real this book is. Much love Laurie Halse Anderson.
Date published: 2017-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from the characters are well written I love Laurie Halse Anderson, and the way she truly writes from the characters point of view almost like her writing is every sentence they are thinking, when they repeat a sentence over and over in their head she repeats a sentence over and over on paper. For a moment they feel like real people.
Date published: 2017-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very relatable I really enjoyed reading this book, suffering from eating disorders myself, I could really feel the character and put myself in her shoes. Its crazy how everyone sees themselves so different from other people.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book about eating disorders without triggers This might be not my favourite book on the subject, but I must admit, this is the first one that doesn't act as a trigger for girls who are already predisposed to the condition.
Date published: 2017-08-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty Good Book Overall I enjoyed reading this book, wasn't quite what I expected. I feel like it gave good insight into what it's like to have an eating disorder.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Accurate One of the best books I've read about mental illness. It portrays eating disorders in a realistic way that does not glorify the horribleness of having a mental disorder.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fantastic read i have read this book 3 times now. it is amazing and very real. however if you suffer from mental illness i suppose this book could also trigger you. but i loved it.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from my FAVOURITE book Being someone who has suffered from an eating disorder this book can be a little triggering but it is definitely worth the read. The author understands exactly how the brain of an anorexic works and lia's character is spot on. The storyline builds you up and ultimately drives it home at the end. This book is a literary genius and I recommend it to anyone interested in a heart wrenching read that will leave you wanting more!
Date published: 2017-03-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great But Emotional Read This book is SO good. It will hit you in all the feels. It tackles an important and difficult topic with amazing grace and it is easy to relate to. Would highly recommend this!
Date published: 2017-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An emotional read This book has been on my shelf for years and I finally picked it up. Not quite as good as Speak, but I really did enjoy this book. It was hauntingly beautiful and emotional. The writing style, while unique, was at times distracting (all the crossouts). But Laurie Halse Anderson is a really good YA writer, bringing voice to her (sometimes one-dimensional) characters through beautifully heart-breaking sentences.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping read Love this book from beginning to end. Hauntingly written.
Date published: 2017-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Read I read this book within a week. I would have finished in a day if I had the time. It was an intriguing read, I fell into that world - and was able to really understand how someone with an eating disorder thinks. The only negative thing I have to say is that it may be triggering for those with eating disorders - because it digs extremely deep. These girls have trivial problems nothing to an extent of extreme abuse or neglect. They are battling emotions within themselves. I think for those who may be battling abuse physical, sexual etc. that lead to their disorder might find this book a little hard to read - Its just from my experience in the past when I have read a book based on something I have struggled with and this person seems so much more broken then I do when there struggle is not as hard it make me feel a bit angry ... but that is just me. Everyone is built differently and wired differently so if your looking for an insight into the mind of a teenager with an eating disorder this is the book for you. It made me really open my mind up to people struggling with this disorder - there is so much more too it then "they just want to be skinny"...
Date published: 2017-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful book This book is an amazing read for all teens especially ones going through a friend break up and difficult times with their bodies, realistic book that relates well to real life situations, i read it 3 times and still feel all the emotion throughout it
Date published: 2017-01-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from breathtaking This book is sad and engaging all the same. Suffering with the loss of her (Ex) best friend and dealing with her struggles with anorexia is a terrible thing to face especially alone; just as the main character practically does, pushing people away and only leaning on them for a split second. I can imagine facing any of the trials faced in this book. It pulled at my heart strings. A very amazing book.
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview teen gift great gift for my teen. powerful book. great buy. she read through it very fast and enjoyed it. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-17
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