Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

October 8, 2015

Book Cover

I read the book Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. It is about a girl named Lia who is a senior in high school. Right at the beginning of the book, you find out that the girl who was her best friend for 9 years has just died. The book primarily deals with Lia coping with this and an eating disorder. She has been admitted to special hospitals twice for it.

I loved reading this book. The writing style was interesting and made it easy for me to identify with Lia. The author used lots of interesting metaphors and various forms of figurative speech. At certain points, it almost felt like spoken word poetry. I could really feel Lia spiraling. The character development was also very strong. In her stepmother this was especially prominent. Overall, the way it was written was enjoyable for me.

In my opinion, the end of the story wasn’t written extremely well. That isn’t me being bratty because I didn’t like the ending (because I did!). It was neat and wrapped up nicely, it just wasn’t well executed. I still really liked Wintergirls,even if the ending wasn’t so powerful.

This book made it onto the shortlist of books that have made me cry (that list includes Challenger Deep and Harry Potter). There were some extremely strong moments that left me sobbing. I strongly recommend this book, except that a younger crowd should not be reading it, unless they can be mature about it.

All in all a good, powerful book that I’m really pleased I read.



Teens’ Top Ten 2010: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

August 5, 2010

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the Teens’ Top Ten Nominations for 2010.

Lia, 18, and her best friend had a falling out, but she is scared and struggling to come to terms with Cassie’s death from bulimia.  Cassie was trying to reach her the night she died, and Lia has no idea why.  Elijah, who worked at the hotel where Cassie died, might have a piece of the mystery, if Lia can bring herself to talk him. Read the rest of this entry »

West Regional Library Reads: Wintergirls

July 21, 2010

*This blog post got Divya a ticket in the prize drawing for our Teen Summer Contest. Click here to find out how to enter!*

Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lia has gone to anorexia rehab. She will die to stay thin.  Why?  Her best friend Cassie, decided to have a contest to see who could be the thinnest, the best wintergirl.  But when Lia decided not to talk to Cassie after she went to rehab, Cassie seems even more determined to win.
Cassie has died in a hotel room, but only after calling Lia 33 times, each time Lia ignoring her.  Now, Lia knows she must make it to the magic number; 0 pounds.  Between dropping pennies in her pockets (to add weight, so her stepmother thinks she’s eating well), and being visited by Cassie’s ruthless ghost, Lia begins to lose control of her life, forgetting how to eat, breathe, live.  You take a journey into a girl with anorexia’s mind, and learn that anorexia is like a drug. It’s easier to get addicted; harder to stop.

– Teen Reviewer: Divya R., West Regional Library

Green Road Reads: Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

June 18, 2009

twistedIf you like romance, dramatic, sad, funny stories then this is the book for you! Laurie Halse-Anderson has done it again! She has written another excellent book that you just can’t put down. I spent most of the night reading Twisted even though I was very tired in the morning. It was worth reading all the suspense and sadness going on in Twisted. Read the rest of this entry »

Wake County Teens with Laurie Halse Anderson

April 18, 2009

Members of the Eva Perry Mock Print Book Club, and winner of the MAE best teen litereature program, received an opportunity to meet with Laurie Halse Anderson privately before her book signing at Quail Ridge books.  Here is the photo that was shot and that ran in the Publisher’s Weekly blog.  Cool!



March 18, 2009

Love her books! Can’t wait to meet her – Laurie Halse Anderson is visiting Quail Ridge Books on Friday, April 3rd @ 7:30 to promote her new book Wintergirls. This book tackles the difficult topic of anorexia. As in previous books, Andersen presents realistic teen lives and struggles. For ages 14 and up.

You can reserve your copy now from the library or buy it at Quail Ridge that night.

If you haven’t read her other books yet, reserve a copy of Speak.

If you already read Speak – check out Anderson’s blog. Here is Anderson on You Tube…

Teens’ Top Ten Nominee for 2008: Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson

July 7, 2008

Tyler Miller, self-professed “zit on the butt of the student body,” has one chance to apologize to Bethany since knocking her over into a puddle of broken glass at her parent’s backyard party. He had been dragged to the party by his over zealous father who was crashing the party in order to win points with his boss, Bethany’s Dad. Could this situation be more unfortunate? Next week, when the most popular senior in his class sits next to him in the lunchroom and puts her injured foot in his lap, right in front of God and everybody, it seems that all is forgiven until an incident of Internet bullying sets him up for disaster.

Author Laurie Halse Anderson writes convincingly as a 17-year-old boy who is dealing with the pressures of family expectations and the “haves versus the have-nots” social scene of high school. His tense, verging on violent relationship with his father erodes the support he might have when accused of Internet slandering his new girlfriend, Bethany. Dark humor and realistic dialogue make this a compelling read.

Twisted is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.”

Review by Melissa from East Regional Library

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