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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Sep 24, 2015

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Oh, another girl who doesn't want to eat her dinner? Doesn't exactly sound like groundbreaking stuff. However, it was amazingly written and addictive and so well researched you would swear the author herself suffered through an eating disorder.

It all started with a pact between to friends- a bet of sorts- that they would be the skinniest girls in the school. One turned to bulimia, one to anorexia. Both got "help" in the form of worried parents and stints in rehabilitation centers. Neither got better. Then, one dies, alone, in a motel room sending the other off the deep end once again as she swims backstrokes and breaststrokes to try to be her own twisted version of perfect.

Hitting hot topic issues such as eating disorders, cutting and chronic loneliness (and touching on issues with family dynamics) as well as the controversial subject of proana (pro anorexia) and thinspo (thinspiration or rather pictures of extremely thin women as inspiration), Anderson has woven an intricate web with style, originality and above all else, accuracy.

Definitely a good read and perhaps a theraputic read for anyone suffering from body image issues. Though you must beware as it could very possibly be read as an instruction manual to starving oneself.
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