Why this book will chill you to the bone!

Think this winter is cold? Think again!

5 million stars to the voice maker!

About the Book

Wintergirls

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores a girl’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

“Dead girl walking,” the boys say in the halls.
“Tell us your secret,” the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend’s restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia’s descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

WARNING! TRIGGERS: Anorexia, bulimia, depression and suicidal thoughts.

Review

Laurie is a genius! A master word-crafter! A voice maker! This book, this book, this book! There are no words to describe this book. You are just going to have to trust me and read it! It’s so real and surreal at the same time, just like the beautiful cover! It’s so incredible! As the blurb says…

emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak

The story is told  in first person, from Lia’s perceptive, and the experience is SO DEEP. So incredibly real. You feel the pain, the angst, the desperation, the isolation and the hopelessness.

Cassie became the roller coaster in the theme park of middle school. I was the merry-go-round horse frozen in one position, eyes painted open, pain chipping off my eyes

The voices slipped into this girl’s mouth when she wasn’t looking, like a bug on a summer’s night that claws at the inside of your throat right after you realized you swallowed it. The voices swam around her insides and multiplied- charred tiny echovoices that made a permanent home inside the eggshell of her skull.
::Stupid/ugly/stupid/bitch/stupid/fat/
stupid/baby/stupid/loser/stupid/lost::

Wintergirls offers the most extraordinary and powerful emotional imagery of a mental illness I have ever seen in the bookiverse! For example, body image and self-esteem issues. Such a relevant topic, especially among young girls!

smoke gunpowder and go to school to jump thought hoops, sit up and beg, and roll over on command. Listen to the whispers that curl in your head at night, calling you ugly and fat and stupid and bitch and whore and worst of all “a disappointment”. Puke and starve and cut and drink because you don’t want to feel any of this. Puke and starve and cut and drink because you need an anesthetic and it works. For a while. But then the anesthetic turns into poison and by then it is too late because you are maintaining it now, straight into your soul. It is rotting you and you can’t stop”

This book it’s about how the long tentacles of anorexia trap more and more girls everywhere, especially now that teenagers are constantly connected and influencing each others. Like the forum of anorexic girls that Lia visits often and that it is just eerie and heart wrenching!

My fingers reach through the screen and comb through the garbage until they find the home of the shrieking chorus, hungry girls singing endless anthems while our throats bleed and rust and fill up with loneliness. I could scroll through these songs for the rest of my life and never find the beginning.

The blogs and chat rooms are always filled with the buzzing of tiny wings, lies beating themselves against the inside of the monitor, not knowing why they are trying to escape. It will never change”

And this also about friendships and family relationships too and how they are affected.

when we look at each other over the food. Neither one of us say a word, but the old script is hanging in the air:

youhavetoeat/Imnothungry/eatsomething/stopforcing/listentome/leavemealone

This book is but does not read as a YA contemporary at all. Laurie’s books are an entire unique genre! It will wrap his icy hand around your heart, freeze it, squeeze it and  shatter it in million pieces!

The voice is just out of this world…

085.00 is possible. I’ve been there before, in dangerland, sweet buzzing high gingersmoke air, crafty trolls hiding under bridges.
But 085.00 makes me want 075.00 to get there I’ll need to crack open my bones with a silver mallet and dig out my marrow with a long-handled spoon”

And the writing is just phenomenal, lyrical but razor sharp, is the perfect optical device through which you’ll experience anorexia up close and personal. It creates such a unique eerie, ghostly, atmosphere! Literally as in “I see dead people” [which you will find out soon!]

Thank you for visiting!

Daniela Ark

Bookworm, book blogger, writer, collector of stories that matter and passionate about feminism, diversity, and equality.

email: contactme@danielaark.com

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