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Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Apr 10, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: currently-reading, english-420
Read in March, 2012

This novel deals with the main character, Lia's battle with anorexia as well as other personal and family problems. At the start of the novel, Lia finds out her ex-best friend has died. Meanwhile, Lia is hiding her anorexia from her dysfunctional family, desperate to remain in control of something in her life. I haven't finished the novel, but I know that in the end, Lia ends up solving some of her issues. On a critical level, this novel provides insight into the mind of a character that may not normally have a voice. I experienced frustration with Lia that may mirror the frustration of anorexic's loved ones. Sometimes I found the descriptive prose exhausting and overdone (hypothetical example: this computer light is a beam of a hyper child's runny snot that burrows its way into my brain and whispers ancient poetry into my eyelashes). I don't know if boys would like the novel (but who am I to judge), and I would recommend it to older readers because of the heaviness of the content.

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