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Wintergirls – Laurie Halse Anderson

Published December 23, 2013 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

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.

What did I think?:

I first came across the author Laurie Halse Anderson through my sister and fellow blogger ChrissiReads who recommended it highly. On finishing it, I completely agree with her! The novel is aimed at young adults and tells the story of two girls called Lia and Cassie who compete against each other to lose weight. However, the game becomes dangerous when Cassie is found dead in a motel room yet prior to her death she had attempted to call Lia 33 times without success. The rest of the novel continues in the voice of Lia who continues to lose weight, although now the target seems to have shifted – she has to be as skinny as possible. Haunted by Cassie’s spirit and trying to deal with the difficult relationships she has with her parents lead Lia down a treacherous path where there may be no return.

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book as this was my first encounter with the author (although her novel Speak is all lined up ready to go now!) and I was surprised by the emotion and sheer darkness of the writing. The author does not shy away from the incredibly difficult issue of eating disorders and manages to pull off a heart-breaking, authentic account that captures the reader, drawing them in until the end. This powerful read made me experience all the emotions that our main character Lia goes through, from guilt for not picking up the phone, to confusion, doubt and determination when her eating disorder takes over the rational part of her mind. I also liked that the author touched on the issue of broken families and explored Lia’s struggles in dealing with a father that is rarely around, and a mother who put her career over everything else, including her child. I think that this would be a great book to discuss in schools, as nothing is sugar-coated and the full horror and emotional turmoil of anorexia nervosa sufferers is put out there in the open. If it helps someone who has warped views about their body image, so much the better!

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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WWW Wednesday #24

Published December 11, 2013 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Hello everyone, it’s WWW Wednesday! Thanks as ever to MizB at Should Be Reading for hosting.

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?

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I’m reading this book as part of a “Talking About” series I participate in with my wonderful sister ChrissiReads and am really enjoying it so far. Look out for our review at some point next week! (I think)

What did you recently finish reading?

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This was the first book of Laurie Halse Anderson’s that I’ve read, and I was really impressed! Look out for my review in a few days time.

What do you think you’ll read next?:

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I read the Man Booker prize winning novel The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga not so long ago and really enjoyed it so looking forward to checking out this one.

What are you reading this Wednesday? Please leave your link and I’ll come pay you a visit. Happy Reading Everyone!

WWW Wednesday #23

Published December 4, 2013 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

Hello everyone, it’s WWW Wednesday! I haven’t been able to participate the last few weeks as I’ve been so busy but I’m in hospital for three weeks now and will definitely be less busy and able to join in.

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?

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My sister the lovely ChrissiReads kindly gave me a copy of this novel, I know she really enjoyed it and so far I am too!

What did you recently finish reading?:

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This was one of my book clubs reads, I’d heard a lot about it and was expecting great things. It wasn’t that great for me unfortunately, my review should be up by the end of this week!

What do you think you’ll read next?:

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Another recommendation from my sister, I’m really looking forward to this one!

What are you reading this week? Please feel free to leave your link and I’ll come pay you a visit.