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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Jul 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: high-school-fiction, realistic-fiction

Leah should have answered her phone when her former best friend, Cassie, called that night. Because it was Cassie's last night. She died alone in a motel room. Now Leah is eaten up with guilt -- or more accurately, starved by guilt, because she's anorexic and Cassie's death has sent her spiraling out of control.

Once again, Anderson has taken a tough topic (like rape in "Speak") and laid it out bare. She's right inside Leah's head, which is the only place from which one can explain the thought process to starving one's self. Leah has learned lots of tricks to fool her family into thinking she's okay -- she guzzles water and fills her pockets with rocks just before a weigh-in, leaves dirty dishes around when no one is home, exercises obsessively in the middle of the night when no one will hear her. The emotional toll on her family is profound.

Can this broken girl be saved?

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