Reviews for Wintergirls

Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2009 #5
When her former best friend, Cassie, is found dead and alone in a motel room, Lia's anorexia and addiction to cutting spiral out of control. She becomes haunted by self-loathing and the knowledge that the bulimic Cassie called her thirty-three times the night before she died. Narrator Stith performs Lia's stream-of-consciousness narrative in a soft, controlled, and powerful voice. When Lia's personal ghosts torment her, Stith conveys Lia's confusion ("WhatWhyWhenWhoHowWho?"), sadness, and pain. At times, lacking the printed page, it is hard to follow Lia's train of thought, and there are many moments when it is difficult and even painful to be drawn into her head (constant calorie-counting, thoughts of cutting herself, dangerous decision-making, etc.). However, listeners will want to stay with Lia until the end, hoping she finds the strength to rescue herself. The audiobook concludes with an author interview. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2009 August

Gr 8 Up--After the death of her former best friend Cassie, 18-year-old Lia slowly spirals toward her own death, drowning in guilt while starving, cutting, and running on a treadmill in the middle of the night in this emotional novel (Viking, 2009) by Laurie Halse Anderson, winner of the 2009 Margaret A. Edwards Award. Her father is in denial and her mother is distant; her stepmother and little sister look on helplessly. Lyrically visual, this starkly truthful and chilling first-person tale is narrated convincingly by Jeannie Stith, who perfectly mimics the sarcasm and angst of a teen girl's struggle with anorexia. An interview with the author concludes the audiobook. Recommended for Anderson's fans and those who enjoy books by Sonya Sones and Ellen Hokins.--Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ

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