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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (36,015 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Laurie Halse Anderson Narrator: Jeannie Stith Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2009 ISBN:
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Dead girl walking, the boys say in the halls.

Tell us your secret, the girls whisper, one toilet to another.

I am that girl.

I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.

I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives. Her father is away on business. Her stepmother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way - thin, thinner, thinnest - maybe she'll disappear altogether.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrical book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl's chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arianah | 2/20/2014

    " I felt it was too rushed at the end. It seemed too easy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fallon | 2/18/2014

    " Incredible. Life changing for me personally. This book should be required reading in high schools everywhere. Anderson gives speakers to the noise in Lia's head so that readers understand her motivation and her pain. Moving, important, beautiful... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/17/2014

    " This book gives me the chills! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cara Navarro | 2/13/2014

    " This book was very well written. I really liked how the author added little "stylistic quirks", as she called them, as they gave me an insight into the mind of Cassie, the protagonist. Though some think it disrupts the flow, I think it kind of facilitates it. It was also interesting how winter was used as an extended metaphor for Cassie's eating disorder. I'll spoil the book if I say anything more about that, so go read it yourself if you're sure it won't be a trigger for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kat | 2/3/2014

    " This was a great book that took an unexpected twist. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dana | 1/26/2014

    " While I didn't enjoy the style of writing (it was too choppy for my liking), Wintergirls was a good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 1/25/2014

    " this book was really good after i finished reading it i couldn't look at food the same for a few days. it reminded me of the struggle others go through and the things they do because they are not happy with how they look. its a very powerful story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Krista | 1/17/2014

    " Devastating but important novel about a girl with anorexia. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Chessica Arntson opheikens | 1/15/2014

    " Horrible self-loathing. I loved the writing style, but the main character was unreal! Sel-Centered! I hated her. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hannah ricketts | 11/17/2013

    " The Wintergirls book is a book that keeps your reading. This book is a about a girl with an eating disorder, and how she struggles to fight the disorder. The book is writen in 1st person, so it is from the main character's point of view. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 11/4/2013

    " The first book I read by Laurie Halse Anderson was Speak, which was excellent. This one was better. Her secondary characters tend to lack dimension and complexity, but that seems by design and seems to sharpen the strength of her story-line and protagonist(s). This story was visceral and real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danie | 5/7/2013

    " I love this author and I couldn't put this book down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa Roldan | 3/19/2013

    " This was a very good book. An understanding to girls who have eating disorders. Some people might like the book. But I thought it was very good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aaliyaa Samuel | 9/13/2012

    " This is the best book I have ever read. It truly captures the life of an eating disorder and I strongly think that more books need to written like this. Laurie Halse Anderson's writing is amazing. She perfectly displayed the struggle of the protagonist, Lia. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liza | 4/15/2012

    " really sad! :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley Roberts | 1/18/2012

    " I loved this book. The author really knew how to use dark imagery to get you into the characters mind. Beautifully written, I could barely put it down. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sasha Mizaree (Reviews) | 1/1/2012

    " I suffered from anorexia and am bulimic. I wanted to read this book for that reason. Message wise, I have nothing bad to say about it. But the way it was written was just, I don't know, it seemed way too vague and I couldn't really bring myself to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rubi Quiroz | 12/5/2011

    " This book was written different,but in a good way.It's definitely a must read for teenage girls. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bri Nelson | 11/27/2011

    " Heartbreaking, but at the same time gave me hope. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroline | 6/19/2011

    " This book was a little odd... It had a pretty good message, though. Majority of it was very depressing andIdont know id Id read it again. It definitely left an impression. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elize | 5/23/2011

    " This book was amazing. It was ver y dpressing at times and long but it was worth it. It's not to spooky! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 5/20/2011

    " Definitely not fluff but I enjoyed the different style of writing in this book. Interesting to get inside Lia's head and see her point of view concerning anorexia and cutting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isa | 5/20/2011

    " This book is an inspiration (rather than a trigger) for anyone going through ANY sort of struggle or ongoing recovery. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isi | 5/20/2011

    " I liked the writing but I still wonder was Cassie her imagination or was it a ghost. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tasha | 5/20/2011

    " I INHALED this book. It only took a day and a half, I couldn't put it down. I really love the writing, it reads almost like poetry. I've never personally struggled with an eating disorder, but this book almost made me feel like I WAS Lia. All I wanted to do when I wasn't reading was eat. Lol "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Justyna | 5/19/2011

    " It was a fast read, I enjoyed it, having myself problems with my body image, I could relate, though I'm not anorectic. What bothered me here, was the lack of plot. There was hardly any. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzie | 5/12/2011

    " Thoughts later - this was difficult to digest, if you pardon the pun. "

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About the Author
Author Laurie Halse Anderson

Laurie Halse Anderson, New York Times bestselling author, writes for kids of all ages. Known for tackling tough subjects with humor and sensitivity, her work has earned numerous American Library Association and state awards. Two of her books, Speak and Chains, were National Book Award finalists. Chains also made the Carnegie Medal shortlist in the United Kingdom. She lives in northern New York, where she likes to watch the snow fall as she writes. She and her husband, Scot, plus their menagerie of critters, enjoy country living and time in the woods. When not writing or hanging out with her family, you can find her training for marathons or trying to coax tomatoes out of the rocky soil in her backyard.

About the Narrator

Jeannie Stith is a professional voice-over artist. Her clients for professional and promotional voice work include Crayola, Barbie, Motorola, and Verizon. Also an Earphones Award–winning narrator, she has read more than a dozen audio books, including Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson, Nightworld by L. J. Smith, and There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones.