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Author Laurie Halse Anderson
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fiction
Publisher Viking
Publication date
Media type Hardback and paperback
Pages 278 pp (first edition, hardback)
ISBN ISBN 978-0-670-01110-0 (first edition, hardback)
OCLC 255902817
LC Class PZ7.85 Wi 2009

Wintergirls is a young adult novel by Laurie Halse Anderson. It follows the story of Lia, an eighteen-year-old girl dealing with anorexia nervosa. The novel opens with the news that Lia's best friend of 10 years, Cassie, who was bulimic, has died, and the night she died, she tried to call Lia 33 times. The novel follows the course of Lia's struggles with anorexia, her difficult relationships with her parents and stepmother, and her search to learn about Cassie's fate. Might be too extreme for kids younger than 13. [1][2]

The Washington Post called the book "both painful to read and riveting".[2] The New York Times said that "We recognize Lia, but it’s sometimes hard to relate to her."[1]


  1. ^ a b "Skin and Bone". The New York Times. May 8, 2009. Retrieved March 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Reviews of 'A Comrade Lost and Found' and 'Wintergirls'". The Washington Post. February 4, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2011.