Tuesday, April 14, 2009


From Barnes and Noble

"Dead girl walking," the boys say in the halls.
"Tell us your secret," the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend's restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

My Thoughts

Getting through this book was a challenge in a good way. There is a lot of metaphors and symbolism going on throughout the book. Many times I had to reread something to really understand Lia's message. This book was well researched and well written, but did not have the emotional impact I was expecting. I really didn't feel for Lia. This may have been because of the writing style but I just didn't feel like rooting for her.

All that said I did find the book extreme and true to life. I think Halse Anderson as always does a great job getting her voice and staying with it. I would recommend this book to the teens at the library as well as adults.

I also really like how some of the blogs I follow are adding songs they relate to books with the review, so I am trying it out!!!

I think Counting Crows Round Here just fits with this book for me.

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