Now that Lia is left to pursue the goal alone, ghosts rise up unbidden and voices haunt her days and nights.
March 19th 2009 When you lose someone that close to you, you shut yourself off, you don't want to talk to anyone, it's like your heart is gone.
Lia and Cassie were always the best of friends. She calls Elijah, who plans to travel south in a couple of days. Lia hopes that the haunting will stop after Cassie is interred. This is a book about anorexia nervosa mainly. If your children have read this book or someone has read it to them, consider these discussion topics: Why isn’t Lia happy when she reaches goal No. She lies about what she’s eating, skips school to cut herself with razor blades in dark movie theatres and travels alone to meet Elijah — a guy she’s never met who works at the seedy Gateway Motel where Cassie died. Lia and Cassie abuse their bodies as they attempt to shape themselves into a form humans were never meant to assume. Jennifer - Lia's step-mother, who married Prof. Overbrook shortly after his separation from his first
Do they have any purpose? ( Log Out / View the Study Pack View the Lesson Plans Study Guide. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Neck-sucking boys and magazine photographs are mentioned as influences that may have contributed to Cassie’s eating disorder. What grade were Lia and Cassie in when they first became friends? Lia reads a Harry Potter book to Emma. Lia's choice was starvation. She was bulimic* for most of her life. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from firstname.lastname@example.org. Anorexia/Bulimia: While Wintergirls doesn’t glamorize eating disorders, Laurie Halse Anderson paints a clear picture of the attention Lia receives and the heady feelings of power she experiences because of her anorexia. She calls herself stupid, fat, ugly and loathsome. Most are friendly.
Chloe is strict, and David is lenient, but neither takes the time to really get to know their daughter. It is so, so good. Wintergirls is a story about girl who's struggling with anorexia. ( Log Out / By looking in Cassie’s casket, Lia feels she is visually raping her dead body. But Lia grabs the see-glass out of Cassie’s mouth and licks it. It is implied that an inappropriate relationship with a boy was the reason Cassie moved to Lia’s neighborhood when she was still in elementary school. What choices could she have made differently? What was the name of the rehabilitation center where Lia was admitted multiple times for anorexia? I lost and she won." (It's also in Cassie's ghost's mouth). ALA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Readers, 2010; ALA Best Books for Young Adults, 2010; Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 2009;Publishers WeeklyBest Children's Books, 2009, The Case of the Bizarre Bouquets — “Enola Holmes Mystery” Series.
Chloe convinces Lia to visit her again after Christmas.
Though considering Cassie is dead, it's more like Lia is giving this to herself. Refresh and try again.
The thing is... Lia is not just anorexic. Wintergirls Summary. Where is the "Wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies" quote found? What words does the Bible use to describe the human body? When Lia is weighed, she always formats her weight as 000.00 (example: 101.20). She reads parts of the Bible and several Eastern religious texts while in rehab. What two kinds of drugs does Lia begin to take to speed up her weight loss? Wintergirls is a confronting and disturbing novel about serious eating disorders. Jess Galvan from “The Dead Run” by Adam Mansbach, Chewbacca from “Turtles All the Way Down” by John Green. The loudest and most horrific is, of course, Cassie reminding her that they have a pact and that she is waiting for Lia between the veil of this world and the next. It sounded truly depressing and slightly disturbing. I think it will be HUGE with teenage girls. Lia describes her and Cassie’s descent into starvation as dancing with witches and kissing monsters. What role does Emma play in Lia’s recovery? Using some clever tricks, such as tampering with scales and inflating her BMI, Lia successfully fools her father and stepmother into thinking she's in recovery. Although I couldn't understand what moved Lia to do certain things, I had a good look at her inner world which was a terrifying and bleak place. This is only a minor issue in the book, and may not even bother other people at all. He is always reading and writing books. Drugs/Alcohol: Various characters use or abuse drugs, alcohol and tobacco. What kind of charm was on Cassie's necklace that her mother was looking for? They married because Chloe was pregnant and divorced because David was repeatedly unfaithful. Elijah backs out of his deal with Lia and drives off alone on Christmas Eve night, knowing that taking her with him would be an absolutely horrible idea.
Lia mentions that a rumor spreads throughout the school that Cassie died of a heroin overdose. Lia apologizes for not answering Cassie’s phone calls and phones her mother to tell her where she is. Her best friend, Cassie, is bulimic, and dies one night in a motel room. After the divorce, Lia can barely speak to her mother without fighting.
I would not recommend reading this book if you’ve ever had an eating disorder, ever thought about dieting, are on a diet, are overweight, underweight, or a normal weight, or are ever concerned mildly about your caloric intake. At 95 pounds, anorexic Lia doesn’t have much to show off. If she needs to pull strings to get Lia back into the hospital, she'll do it. Elementary school p. 21. Emma's basketball team is sponsored by her mother's bank; Jennifer gets the coach to give her daughter more time on the court by threatening to pull the sponsorship if Emma doesn't play enough.
She buys him food, and he doesn’t judge her. Not only did she and Cassie swear a blood oath to be the skinniest girls in their school, but she deliberately sabotaged Cassie’s attempts to recover from bulimia.
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[ The ghost parts at the end and the hallucinations were the only thing I didn't like. Let's be skinniest together p. 1, 178, What did Lia refer to her Mom as? The descriptions are ugly. He accompanies her to Cassie’s burial. I am beginning to measure myself in strength, not pounds. She feels like she is wearing underwear made from razor blades, hidden under tight jeans, while bugs eat her from the inside out. This review is brought to you by Focus on the Family, a donor-based ministry. How is being thin different from what she expected? Emma needs her. He believes it is the god of bike messengers. 33 times p. 18.
Lia is 18 years old and a wintergirl. shares food with Lia even though he’s broke, and she’s clearly not interested in eating. Elijah and Lia become friend. The snow/ice/winter theme is all a symbol. Lia thinks that she is fat, but she also thinks that chubby little Emma could be a model. As it turns out, this is exactly right - Lia's sense of self was damaged even before her former best friend Cassie died alone and in pain. Have you ever felt so emotionally numb that you just wanted to feel something, even if it was painful? Elijah doesn't have a lot of money so when free food is available, he takes it. She feels trapped between life and death, torn between the desire to eat and the power she feels when starving herself. The voice is unique, the style like a puzzle and a poem, all at once. Her obsession with calories, not eatin. They abuse alcohol, laxatives and diuretics. Lia agrees, even though their interactions usually disintegrate into yelling matches. I know how this story ends though, since I read the last pages and it actually surprised m. I did not finish this book. While I may not fully recall parts of the plot, the feeling remains with me. Lia is admitted for treatment again. They always demand something and give little in return.
The sugar makes her stronger, and she can picture her future. Write.
This is a book about anorexia nervosa mainly. Cassie's death was exacerbated by alcohol. Dr. Marrigan p. 17. What hobby does Lia engage in, which includes the use of needles? Wintergirls is a 2009 fiction novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. Cassie and Lia used to be best friends. One of Cassie's last thoughts was that Lia won. This is not me being in denial or something. I felt extremely sorry for her. Then Cassie’s ghost appears. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account.
She hurts herself in otherways too and keeps having hallucinations. Lia's stepmom still has her doubts, and her mother isn't fooled for a second. It wasn't an easy read. “In one aspect, yes, I believe in ghosts, but we create them.
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Lia is dealing with the traumatic loss of her best friend Cassie, Cassie died from an eating disorder which causes Lias anerexia to worsen. High school couples retreat to couches in empty basements. Lia wishes the moon would give babies only to couples who pray long and hard for one.
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