Annotations for Wintergirls


Baker & Taylor
Eighteen-year-old Lia comes to terms with her best friend's death from anorexia as she struggles with the same disorder.

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Baker & Taylor
Eighteen-year-old Lia feels she is being haunted by Cassie's restless spirit when her best friend dies from anorexia--the same disorder Lia has been struggling with.

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Penguin Putnam

"Dead girl walking," the boys say in the halls.
"Tell us your secret," the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

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.



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