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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Mar 10, 12

Amber Randol
Contemporary Realistic Fiction

This book is about a girl named Lia who is anorexic and has trouble dealing with everything. There is also some family trouble, but it mainly focuses on eating disorders. The repetition of phrases in the book and crossed out words represent everything she hates about herself and what she really wants but thinks she can’t have or do. Sometimes it seemed unnecessary to have the crossed out words because it could become confusing, but they were a part of the story. Without them, Lia’s struggle would have not been as dominant of an aspect to the book. Her best friend growing up suffered from bulimia, but 6 months after they stop being friends Cassie died. She called Cassie 33 times and Lia didn’t pick up her phone that night, making her feel responsible. She was in a hospital twice for her anorexia and this event causes her to relapse and become worse. Her family doesn’t notice when she starts eating less and she fakes her weight by sewing quarters into her robe. She becomes haunted by Cassie’s ghost and ends up cutting herself very badly because she thinks it is letting her pain out. She goes through an inner struggle where she battles Cassie and wins, finally realizing that she wants to live and that she needs to get better.
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