By Laurie Halse Anderson
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
on March 19, 2009
Cover image and synopsis from Goodreads:
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.
I really enjoyed this book. I think the author did a really great job giving the reader a peek into the head of someone with an eating disorder. It was dark at times but the way the author depicted the relationships, between both Lia and her parents and Lia and Cassie, made the characters seem real and relatable.
This was a book that I couldn’t put down, just because I didn’t have any idea what would happen next, and I so wanted to know. I wanted to know what would happen to Lia. There were times where I got a sense of Lia’s control (or at least her desire for control), and other times where I felt that she was just spiralling out of control. This book may be difficult for some people to read, but through it all, I really felt for Lia, and I wanted her to have a happy ending.
I won’t spoil the end of the story, but I recommend this if you’re looking for a young adult book that isn’t afraid to venture into darker territory.