"Lyrical, emotional and deep, but
Blurb: Lia stands at 5'5" and thinks that weighing 99 lb is unacceptable. She absolutely must be the skinniest person in her school, as she is inadequate in every possible way, except for being strong (starving
Review: Laurie Halse Anderson's novel, "Wintergirls" was extremely difficult for me to read, for personal and literary reasons. Both of which I had to get used to in order for me to actually finish it off, and I was determined to finish it. While it was a beautiful, yet disturbing portrayal of the so very real reality of eating disorders, it felt a bit cluttered sometimes. I liked it, I didn't love it. I'm torn between giving it a 3/5 and a 4/5, so I shall sit on 3.5/5.
Anderson uses many colloquial elements that kind of work for a YA novel, but it really did mess up my pace in reading it, as I like reading aloud/to myself/aloud/to myself/etc. The whole premise of the novel was original and interesting, without giving too much away. Halfway during, I got a bit bored, but the last 40 pages or so were amazing, so I was glad I stuck around.
Anderson’s use of imagery and more imagery was phenomenal. She really did paint a picture the whole way through, from beginning to end. Some of the descriptions are disturbing, so you have been warned. I would not recommend little kiddies to read this book, obviously, as this book hits those really hard, pressing issues that exist in today’s society. Even I felt a bit overwhelmed at times.
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