Wintergirls Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Having done research for a PSA campaign project in college on the subject of eating disorders, I’ve seen countless first-person accounts and the kinds of websites main character Lia visits throughout the book. It kills a little of you inside to know that young women are suffering this way.

So much about this condition is politely ignored. Yet, so many men and women have struggled with this, to differing degrees.

I applaud Ms. Anderson for diving deep to convey a truth that exists in more people than you’d guess. As I’m sure she’d agree, eating disorders should be discussed openly – before a young girl decides that this is “control” worth having. Wintergirls could be the catalyst for this discussion, in schools across the country.

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