- Publisher: Penguin USA
- Format: Paperback | 278 pages
- Dimensions: 137mm x 206mm x 23mm | 249g
- Publication date: 23 February 2010
- Publication City/Country: New York, NY
- ISBN 10: 014241557X
- ISBN 13: 9780142415573
- Edition statement: Reprint
- Sales rank: 6,139
"The New York Times" bestselling story of a friendship frozen between life and death Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss-her life-and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her. In her most powerfully moving novel since "Speak," award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope.
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Laurie Halse Anderson has received both the Margaret Edwards Award and the ALAN Award for her contributions to young adult literature. She has also been honored by the National Coalition Against Censorship in recognition of her fight to combat the censoring of literature. She is the author of the groundbreaking National Book Award finalist and Printz Honor Book Speak. She is also author of the critically acclaimed YA books Prom, Twitsted, Catalyst, Wintergirls, and The Impossible Knife of Memory. She has also authored a number of middle grade titles including The Vet Volunteers series, and the historical fiction Seeds of America Trilogy, which includes Forge, ALA Best Book for Young Adults Fever 1793, and the National Book Award finalist and Scott O'Dell Award-winner Chains. She and her husband live in northern New York State. Follow Laurie on Twitter @halseanderson and visit her at madwomanintheforest.com.
By Tove Elmqvist 16 Sep 2014
I first read it online, then i bought the actual book to re-read.
it's a horrible story, it really is. but it's a true story in that way that this is many humans reality. eating disorders just get more and more common. this book really brings it up, and does not glorify or dress it up. it tells a realistic story.
I learned so much from this book and I hope more people read it and maybe understands a bit more how real it is.
By Lily 25 Sep 2013
Though I was already excited to begin this novel, that excitement was further hyped by all the comments left by other readers on my blog about how much I would enjoy this.
It is clear by my star rating that I loved it. I don't give out 5 stars often, but this book took me on a 2 hour roller coaster ride. I didn't eat, drink or think of basic bodily functions the morning I began to read this (probably more information than you need to know but very indicative of how insanely engaging this story was). Two hours is a record reading time frame, even for someone that can read as much and as fast as I do.
Why was this so enthralling?
These girls are damaged.
Damaged in a horrible way.
To deprive their bodies of the necessary fuel to survive and function. And what is more saddening, is how they can effectively battle their own brains and basic instincts of survival to provide that necessary sustenance.
I can't even fathom such an existence. Or how someone can rationalize inflicting such damage on themselves.
And yet, this type of behavior is, sadly, not that rare in a society that holds being skinny in such high regards. It's hard to believe people go through such extents to reach these goals, but I imagine that what this novel described is not far off the mark for the extreme cases.
What was most difficult and interesting for me as a reader, was to be given access to the inner most thoughts of a young girl, and she goes through life, day by day, counting calories, fighting with her hunger, or inflicting pain on herself as punishment or release of inner pain. Not to mention one of the most unhealthy friendships I have ever encountered in YA contemporary fiction, where even in and after death, Cassie can affect Lia's decisions so detrimentally. Whether only in Lia's mind, or through some supernatural means, it was still heartbreaking to read. For such a young girl to be so urgently pulled towards death, when there is so much life left to live... it really brought tears to my eyes.
It was an insane, mad finish to the conclusion in the hopes that Lia could, in some way, find her way out of the mad world she lived in. That she could somehow find enough strength to reach out for help to get herself out of the complicated world she trapped herself in, before it was too late for her too.
This was an incredible novel with very intense subject matter. Though I found it disturbing, it was no less a phenomenal story that I would never hesitate to recommend to young and older adults alike. It will leave its mark on you.
By TeensReadToo 16 Sep 2010
Chilling. Even many days after reading WINTERGIRLS, I still shiver when I think about this book.
Lia has struggled with an eating disorder before. Her parents think that she is getting better, but she is just fooling everyone. When Cassie, who used to be her best friend, dies, Lia spirals out of control again.
She eats less and less and begins seeing Cassie's ghost everywhere.
WINTERGIRLS explores the world of eating disorders with vivid, horrifying detail.
Even though this book was really creepy, it was also spectacular. I had never understood how or why some people began to have eating disorders, and this book gave a spectacular insight into their state of mind.