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Wintergirls    by Laurie Halse Anderson order for
by Laurie Halse Anderson
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Viking, 2009 (2009)

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* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Lia receives thirty-three phone calls from her ex-best friend Cassie in the time between Saturday night and Sunday morning. She doesn't pick up.

She'd been hurt too much when she came home from the rehab hospital where she'd been treated for anorexia and Cassie dumped her. Both sets of parents blame the other's child for the drift into unreality they have both taken. Their competition for who will be the thinnest fueled their destructive eating habits.

Cassie is found dead in a nearby hotel room. Now Lia wishes she'd answered. Cassie left a message for her at the hotel if she can get up the courage to retrieve it. Lia's stream of consciousness is perfect for explaining the frailty of two young women who seemed to have everything going for them.

Anderson's painful story of two friends with eating disorders is gripping and sad.

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