wintergirlsBook Title: Wintergirls
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson
# of pages: 278
Publisher: Viking Juvenile (March 19, 2009)

“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.

Chills through your spine times two is how I felt after reading Wintergirls. It takes you deep into Lia’s mind of why she cuts and starves herself. That part is quite unique; I have heard that girls cut themselves or starve for days, but never a good reason (and yes, I am saying that, “because I am fat” doesn’t count especially when they are skinny..)

Lia’s ex-best friend, Cassie, turns out dead in a motel. How, why, and many other questions seem to infect Lia’s brain. In any other girl, she would be hit with depression or overtaking by the shock, not knowing how to handle it. But Lia has her ways, she starts seeing Cassie as a ghost talking to Lia like she was alive and when they were best friends. Not knowing exactly who she can turn to or why she keeps seeing Cassie’s ghost, she starts falling deeper and deeper.

Listening To: Bad Habits by My Favorite Highway
Mood: tireed!