I usually don’t read two books in a row by the same author, but after recently “discovering” the genius of Laurie Halse Anderson, I read Speak and Wintergirls back to back. I was pretty sure I would like anything by her, so that was a plus, but both of these books deal with serious issues, and it was kind of difficult to read two “heavy” books in a row.
Wintergirls is one of those books that is hard to read but harder to put down. As Lia, an 18 year old who suffers from anorexia, tells her story, you can’t help but get sucked into her world. I have always heard anorexia described as a control issue, and this book supports that theory, but Lia’s first person account of what it’s like inside her mind gave me a new perspective on the issue.
Lia’s eating disorder seems to have a multitude of origins: a pack she made with her best friend, her parents’ divorce, her mother’s need to control her, and her own quest for a warped ideal. In the end, however, she is the only one who can make the choice to get better.
Laurie Halse Anderson has crafted a gripping story and the reader feels for Lia’s inability to cope with her situation. I would recommend it for older teens and adults–it’s definitely a memorable read.
Recommendation: 4.5 out of 5 stars