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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Sep 20, 2010

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bookshelves: fiction, high-school, self-esteem, english-420
Read in October, 2010

Lia is anorexic. She has been in and out of clinics twice because she cannot develop a healthy attitude toward her body. Things might have turned around for her when she moves in with her father, step-mom, and step-sister, except that then her ex-best friend, who is bulimic, dies after calling Lia 53 times. Lia's behavior then spirals out of control. She stops eating, getting down below 90 pounds, she starts cutting herself, her relationships fracture and fall apart. I liked Anderson's writing style, but overall did not enjoy the book. Pretty prose couldn't make up for the incoherence of the story, an unlikeable protagonist, and an ending that was ambiguous at best and at worst a cheap, trite finish that didn't fit the rest of the story. I'm on the fence about recommending this. If you're interested in some really cool poetic prose, but don't care about characters or plot, this might be the book for you.

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