What's it about? Wintergirls is a young adult novel about Lia, an anorexic high school senior, and how she copes with the death of her best friend, who was bulimic, and haunts Lia.
Who's it for? Anyone interested in the welfare of a teenage girl. Halse Anderson, a National Book Award finalist and New York Times bestselling author, writes the novel from Lia's point of view, unlocking the mind of someone who thinks weighing 99 pounds at 5 feet 5 is hideously fat.
Who knew? Young girls suffering from eating disorders have amazing support systems to stay thin, whether it's friends (Lia and Cassie pledge to always be thin and support each other's habits) or "pro anorexia" online communities that share tips on how to cut down to 500 calories a day and "stay strong" to stay thin.
Worth the read? By telling the book from Lia's head — and the hauntings from the dead best friend — Halse Anderson has created a disturbing but powerful book. It's a must-read.
Jen Miller, Times correspondent
Laurie Halse Anderson