Thursday, May 9, 2013

Review of Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Synopsis: "“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery."

My Review: This story had a very good message about the struggle of anorexia and how until Lia decided she wanted to change and get better it didn't matter how many treatments she went through or how closely she was monitored her way of living wouldn't change. Wintergirls also shows us how easily someone suffering from an eating disorder can not only fool those around them but also themselves. Lia knew what people wanted to hear and so she said the words even though internally she was saying much different things. All that said I just couldn't get over the writing style. The odd combination of diary entry and narration really didn't sit well with me. I was constantly distracted from the story itself by crossed out words, repeated words for entire pages, and blank pages.
My Rating: Well I read this for the Mental Illness Advocacy Challenge, and I think it has a great message but if the format doesn't work then the message doesn't get across.  At least that is how it was for me.  I give it a rating of Two Paws.

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