A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Lia knows she must eat, but every time she comes near food, her inner voices start to whisper that she’s too fat. Having made an oath long ago with her best friend Cassie to be the skinniest girls in the school, Lia has become a master at lying, hiding, and dodging the issue of food. When Cassie is found dead, alone in a motel, Lia’s fragile existence shatters, and she heads on a downward spiral of anorexia, wishing to be empty and pure, to be a wintergirl existing between the real and the unreal. Anderson returns with another powerful novel about the nature of girls and society, but she tackles the topic in a fresh manner. Adults and teens will come away from this novel having a better understanding of eating disorders and with the hope that no matter how hard life can be, the human spirit wishes to survive.
-Reviewed by Jamie