Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson [website]
Published: March 2009 by Viking Juvenille
Format: Hardcover, 278 pages
Source: Bought in store at Chapters
Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia’s mother is busy saving other people’s lives. Her father is away on business. Her step-mother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia’s head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way—thin, thinner, thinnest—maybe she’ll disappear altogether.
Cover Art: Very nice artistic cover; love the blue-green and the girl in the background.
In a sentence: Insightful, heart-wrenching, realistic novel.
The struggle Lia goes through and the portrayal of her thoughts and feelings were very well done. The book takes on a very personal outlook on the life of an anorexic girl. It can be scary and sad and disbelieving throughout the entire story, and for being able to bring out those emotions in the reader, I have to commend Laurie Halse Anderson.
However, I found it difficult to read almost throughout the entire novel:
annoying strikeouts, metaphors, flow of the story interrupted with randomly
changing fonts and typography size.
I realize that this is exactly how these types of issues would be dealt with within the person’s mind, but reading it was just really really difficult. Because of the not so nice content and difficulty connecting with the characters and the story, I found it hard to pick up the book again once it was put down.
It is a well-written novel. I do recommend it IF you are able to read this sort of book – the kind that delves into the mind of a troubled youth and brings the feelings to life.