I just finished reading my Advance Reader Copy of Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. I LOVED it. I read it straight through in about three hours. It centers on an 18 year old high school senior, Lia’s struggle with anorexia, self-injury, and grief. I found the story to show a very clear picture of the struggles that teens suffering from these afflictions. It is obvious that Anderson did her research. It is easy to identify with all of the characters in the novel. Along with the major issues addressed, Anderson touches on familial relationships and the nature of teen friendships. Though this is a realistic fiction there are parts that seem more fantastical in nature- but I feel are open to interpretation. (I know that’s vague, I don’t want to spoil anything!)
I HIGHLY recommend this book. It can be used in a high school classroom, or recommended as an option for independent reading. The book is set to hit the shelves March 18th.
Teachers and Librarians can find a discussion guide here to use with their classes or book groups.