Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss — her life — and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her.
In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope.
Praise for Wintergirls
"Necessary reading for anyone caught in a feedback loop of weight loss as well as any parent unfamiliar with the scripts teens recite so easily to escape from such deadly situations." — Booklist, starred review
"Lia’s agonizing battle with food, her family issues, old memories, and self-mutilation episodes are often difficult to read but also make the book impossible to put down." — Children's Literature
"Anderson perfectly captures the isolation and motivations of the anorexic without ever suggesting that depression and eating disorders are simply things to 'get over.'" — Kirkus
"As difficult as reading this novel can be, it is more difficult to put down." — Publishers Weekly
- 14, 17, 18
- Interest Level
- Grades 9 - 12
- Grade Level Equivalent
- Lexile Measure
- Diaries and Journals, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult