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.
Imagine living in a world where all you do is count calories. Lia, the main character of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls, does, and no one wants to live there. When she was thirteen, she made a bet with her best friend that she would be the skinniest girl in school. While Lia succeeded, Cassie was found dead before she could reach her goal. While all of this kept my nose glued in the pages, I mostly loved it because of its organization, the dialogue between the characters, and the setting.
One thing I loved about this book was its organization. It was organized in scenes, not chapters, which I found very interesting. Some of the scenes were several pages, while others were several sentences. They were numbered in the order that they came, and were written as weight measurements, like 44.00. All of this made it easy to read and was a creative way to organize the book.
Another thing I loved about Wintergirls was the dialogue between the characters. The way they talked described their personalities, which could help the reader understand the characters better. There was a wide range of people who talked to Lia, and whatever they said was clearly stated. Any writer could use this technique to grab the reader’s attention.
The last thing I wanted to talk about was the modern setting. Lia talks a lot about her cell phone, and how Cassie called her before she died. Modern technology was like the backbone in this story, because of the computer sites Lia visited, her cell phone that she pretended to loose, and the car she was scared to wreck because she wasn’t heavy enough to hold down the gas pedal. This particular setting improved the story more than you could think.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson is one of the best novels I’ve read. The story was great, but the way it was written grabbed my attention. I liked the organization, the dialogue, and the setting because of the way it assisted this book. I would recommend this novel to all teenagers because of the theme and the quality of the story. It is truly amazing.
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson