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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Apr 16, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: contemporary, chick-lit, young-adult
Read from April 11 to 15, 2010

Cassie is haunting Lia. Cassie is taunting Lia who vividly remembers the oath they swore to be the skinniest girls in school. Cassie and Lia have been on the outs since Lia's hospitalization so when Cassie is found dead alone in a nearby motel, and there are 33 messages from her on Lia's cellphone, Lia becomes fixated once again on her never-ending pain - pain that just doesn't quit. She has parents and a stepmother who truly care about her, but she is unable to connect with them. Her eyes just see things differently so they keep her working on increasingly demanding goals to lose weight.

This raw and compelling tale told in Lia's voice will be popular with teen girls who love Speak, and Go Ask Alice, and other similar stories. Eating disorders mesmerize teen girls and Lia's tale is no exception. The imagery and figurative language renders this title a better choice for a more mature high school audience.

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