Reviews for Wintergirls
AudioFile Web Reviews
Narrator Jeannie Stith delivers this story's introductory scenes with brutal harshness as Lia learns that her best friend, Cassie, has been discovered dead in a hotel room. The two best friends had been competitors in anorexia. Stith's staccato delivery is fitting for the embattled Lia, who hides her self-starvation and cutting from the perplexed adults who want to save her. Stith whispers Lia's compulsive calorie counting and uses a muffled voice to deliver the haunting speeches that Lia believes are coming from Cassie's restless spirit. In her text Anderson uses italics, parentheses, and cross-outs to create visual representations of Lia's torment; in the narration the tones used to differentiate these are somewhat distracting. Still, Stith takes listeners deep into Lia's dark and frightening fight for survival. S.W. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #5
When her former best friend, Cassie, is found dead and alone in a motel room, Lia's anorexia and addiction to cutting spiral out of control. She becomes haunted by self-loathing and the knowledge that the bulimic Cassie called her thirty-three times the night before she died. Narrator Stith performs Lia's stream-of-consciousness narrative in a soft, controlled, and powerful voice. When Lia's personal ghosts torment her, Stith conveys Lia's confusion ("WhatWhyWhenWhoHowWho?"), sadness, and pain. At times, lacking the printed page, it is hard to follow Lia's train of thought, and there are many moments when it is difficult and even painful to be drawn into her head (constant calorie-counting, thoughts of cutting herself, dangerous decision-making, etc.). However, listeners will want to stay with Lia until the end, hoping she finds the strength to rescue herself. The audiobook concludes with an author interview. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews 2009 August
Gr 8 Up--After the death of her former best friend Cassie, 18-year-old Lia slowly spirals toward her own death, drowning in guilt while starving, cutting, and running on a treadmill in the middle of the night in this emotional novel (Viking, 2009) by Laurie Halse Anderson, winner of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award. Her father is in denial and her mother is distant; her stepmother and little sister look on helplessly. Lyrically visual, this starkly truthful and chilling first-person tale is narrated convincingly by Jeannie Stith, who perfectly mimics the sarcasm and angst of a teen girl's struggle with anorexia. An interview with the author concludes the audiobook. Recommended for Anderson's fans and those who enjoy books by Sonya Sones and Ellen Hokins.--Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ [Page 57]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.