Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

79%

20 Critic Reviews

Anderson, the author of “Speak” and other award-winning novels for teenagers, has written a fearless, riveting account of a young woman in the grip of a deadly illness
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Synopsis

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.
 

About Laurie Halse Anderson

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Laurie Halse Anderson is descended from many soldiers who fought in the American Revolution. While researching Forge, she walked barefoot in the snow, cooked over open fires, wrote by candlelight, split wood, and gained a new appreciation for the sacrifices made by our ancestors who were committed to the freedom of all people. She is a New York Times bestselling author of many novels and picture books. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous ALA and state awards. Her books Speak and Chains were National Book Award Finalists. In 2009, Chains also received the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction, and Laurie was honored with the Margaret A. Edwards Award given by the Young Adult Library Services Association. She lives in northern New York. Follow the author’s adventures on Twitter at twitter.com/halseanderson.
 
Published February 20, 2009 by Speak. 300 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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All: 20 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 0

Kirkus

Good

Due to the author’s and the subject’s popularity, this should be a much-discussed book, which rises far above the standard problem novel.

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NY Times

Above average
on May 08 2009

Anderson, the author of “Speak” and other award-winning novels for teenagers, has written a fearless, riveting account of a young woman in the grip of a deadly illness

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Guardian

Good
on Jan 30 2011

Full of drama, love and, like all the best books of this kind, hope.

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Examiner

Above average
on Feb 12 2012

The squeamish feeling is what holds this book back - but hey, such a powerful and thought-provoking subject matter should be exonerated.

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Examiner

Above average
on Feb 25 2009

While I do think Wintergirls is brilliantly written, it is certainly no Speak.

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The Bookbag

Good
on Nov 15 2012

Anyone that enjoys pacy, resonant, quirky writing with fully-dimensional characters won't be disappointed.

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Tampa Bay Times

Good
on Mar 12 2009

By telling the book from Lia's head — and the hauntings from the dead best friend — Halse Anderson has created a disturbing but powerful book. It's a must-read.

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Teen Reads

Good
on Feb 23 2010

It’s not surprising that she would write a book about eating disorders. The question is why she didn’t do it sooner.

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Common Sense Media

Good
on Mar 01 2009

WINTERGIRLS is very painful to read and very, very powerful.

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BookDragon

Good
on Sep 25 2010

Reading Wintergirls together with your teenage daughter is a jolting way to initiate a conversation. But sometimes, shock proves to be a great facilitator for communication … and the rewards well worth any and all discomfort.

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The Daily Fig

Good
Reviewed by Kat Alexander on Sep 20 2010

I’m not a perfect person. I confess to reading every review on the back and after reading the actual book every review inside the front cover. Publisher’s Weekly stole what I was going to say next, so I’ll just quote them instead: “As difficult as reading this novel can be, it’s even more difficult to put it down.”

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Booklist Online

Above average
on Oct 07 2009

There is a lot to talk about in this emotionally charged book.

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Teen Ink

Good

If you like a cliffhanger, then you need to read this book.

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Teen Ink

Excellent

If you’re looking for a book that will send shivers up your spine, will make you cry, and make you be dazzled by its beauty, Wintergirls is the one for you.

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Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Caitltnn M on Mar 16 2014

I enjoyed Wintergirls. I can remember while I was reading the book I was playing a little film inside my head I like how your book did play a film in my head.

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Teen Ink

Good

I would definitely recommend this to people who are anorexic, who make themselves puke, or think they’re fat.

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Teen Ink

Good

This is wonderful book that you can read for hours if you like reading books that have a dark side to them, but then turn around in the end.

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Teen Ink

Good

I think that this is a beautifully written book and is very touching.

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Teen Ink

Above average

I can’t imagine a lot of teenage boys would want to read about a depressed anorexic girl and her bulimic best friend, so I would say this is mainly a book girls would read.

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Teen Ink

Good

One of the most moving, heartfelt, yet sad book I’ve read in a long time, is Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.

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