Wintergirls- Laurie Halse Anderson (ARC)

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.

Anderson also provides links to information about eating disorders on the Wintergirls website.

Cut- Patricia McCormick

I thought that this book was pretty well written and would capture the interest of teen girls. It is realistic fiction. I would not recommend it as a book to be read as a class because I think there are other more intellectually challenging books available. That being said, I think it could be great for an independent read. It deals with the issue of cutting- and self-injurious students might be able to relate well to it. I would say that readers should be age 13 and older due to content.


ALA 2002 Best Books for Young Adults