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.
Acute anorexia, self-mutilation, dysfunctional families and the death of a childhood friend-returning to psychological minefields akin to those explored in Speak, Anderson delivers a harrowing story overlaid with a trace of mysticism. The book begins as Lia learns that her estranged best friend, Cassie, has been found dead in a motel room; Lia tells no one that, after six months of silence, Cassie called her 33 times just two days earlier, and that Lia didn't pick up even once. With Lia as narrator, Anderson shows readers how anorexia comes to dominate the lives of those who suffer from it (here, both Lia and Cassie), even to the point of fueling intense competition between sufferers. The author sets up Lia's history convincingly and with enviable economy-her driven mother is "Mom Dr. Marrigan," while her stepmother's values are summed up with a précis of her stepsister's agenda: "Third grade is not too young for enrichment, you know." This sturdy foundation supports riskier elements: subtle references to the myth of Persephone and a crucial plot line involving Cassie's ghost and its appearances to Lia. As difficult as reading this novel can be, it is more difficult to put down. Ages 12-up. (Mar.)
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1 . Amazing :)
Posted August 02, 2010 by M Ride Fan #1 , New YorkWow, such an emotional read! I love laurie halse anderson!n and this book had so much raw emotion. the ending is what really captivated me! the way it ending was unlike all the other books out there. It really followed through to the end you know? Like, in this book you really get what it means when people say, "There are happy endings you just have to go through a lot to get there and happy endings aren't always perfect. They become happy when you earn that. GREAT read
2 . Couldn't put it down
Posted May 20, 2010 by Dusty , Bloomsburg, PAThis book certainly gives some insight to the thought process of someone going through an eating disorder. Once I started reading I couldn't put it down. I think it portrays the frustration of life itself rather than the desire to be skinny. What is eaten (or not) seems to be the only thing a person can control when everything else seems out of control. Sometimes the desire to have everything perfect or be perfect can be almost deadly and for some it proves to be true.
3 . Page Turner
Posted January 08, 2010 by stephanie , pathis good was great... very interesting... great detail...kept making want to read more...
great book on eating disorders.
a must read for young adults
4 . eye-opening
Posted September 07, 2009 by da bomb , ny baybee!she is one of the best authors EVER!!! she amazes me how she portrays the emotions of the tortures girls. it really opened my eyes and changes how i treat the outscasts and helps me to realize there is always a reason why people act the way they do
March 17, 2009
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