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Book Review: Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

Star Rating: 5/5
Title: WinterGirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
Publisher: Scholastic
Pages: 304
Genre: Mental Health, Eating Disorder, Anorexia, Contemporary

Cassie and Lia did everything together, including stay thin.
But then Cassie died.
Now the voice in Lia’s head tells her to stay strong.
Lose more.
Weigh less.

I feel like I haven’t done a book review in a while, which I guess is quite strange because my last was only 2 weeks ago. I haven’t felt like reading a lot recently, but whenever I have picked this book up I have read big chunks at a time, it’s so hard to put down. 

Before reading this book, I want to say that this could be quite triggering for some people, be warned that this book deals with quite difficult issues, the main focus being on anorexia but it also deals with self-harm and bulimia. If you are going to find these topics triggering, then please do not read this book, as it goes into explicit detail and is not afraid to include things which most authors may avoid. Now, onto the book.

I have wanted this book for almost a year now, it was recommended to me by Ren not long after we met which was the beginning of October last year (can’t believe it’s nearly a year already) and I have wanted it ever since, recently I saw it in waterstones and it was the only copy left, so, I decided to get it.

This book is about a girl called Lia who’s best friend is called Cassie. They did everything together, even had a bet as to who was going to be the skinniest, Lia wouldn’t eat where as Cassie would binge and throw up. But then Cassie dies and Lia’s voices get worse.

This is the first book that I have read by Laurie Halse Anderson and I have to say I adore her writing. It’s so real, so beautiful and it’s just made me want to read more of her books. She doesn’t sugar coat any of the issues in this book which I think is what I liked about this the most, she doesn’t pretend as though things like anorexia and self harm don’t happen, she puts us straight into the mind of someone dealing with these issues and you begin to understand and connect with Lia, whilst at the same time hoping that she will get better.
I love the little additions to her writing such as writing in a tiny font separate from the rest of the story whenever Lia was hearing voices that called her fat or said horrific things to her. I also liked that she included the calorie count in brackets every time Lia ate, it showed what was going on inside Lia’s mind and really made the story seem more real.

I really love the characters in this book, they are really well written, especially Lia’s sister who you can’t help but love. You learn more and more about Lia and Cassie’s relationship as the book goes on and you also realise why the book is called Wintergirls. The title doesn’t really make sense until you have read the book itself.

I liked the way that the book ended, I liked the story as a whole, I liked all the different parts to the book that keeps you interested the whole way through and I literally can’t find fault with this.

Definitely one of my all time favourite books and favourite that I have read this year so far.

What did you think of this book? Have you read anything by Laurie Halse Anderson that you think I should read? 

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