Hearing from readers who were struggling with eating disorders made me want to write about their battle. Eating disorders have the highest fatality rate of any mental illness. I wanted to tell a story that would show people how devastating they are. I cried my way through every draft of that book and emerged a much healthier person for it at the end. Take your time and practice good self-care. Make sure you are putting healthy things in your life, like exercise and time with friends.

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Dec 31, Emma Giordano rated it it was amazing 4. This book was a really emotional read for me. The writing in this book was incredible. Everything flowed together perfectly and it was more like reading a masterpiece than just reading a book. The only issue I have with this book is a personal one, and that is how many flashbacks were included. In the beginning of the book, I felt every 5 or so pages I was reading another flashback, which is a bit excessive for my reading tastes.

I understand flashbacks are sometimes necessary to fully tell a story, as they are in this novel as well. Luckily, the book really picked up for me in the second half. We shy away from the past and move into the approaching end to the story, which was really amazing. The second half of this book is where I feel it really flourishes and develops into the extremely powerful novel that it is. Overall, I really loved this book. I seriously felt identified and really saw myself in Lia, which I am inherently grateful for.

I do agree with the endless trigger warnings placed on this novel because like many great mental health novels, the content is so authentic, it may be more harmful than helpful. But if you are in a healthy mindset and looking to either learn more about eating disorders or relate to a book based off of your own experiences, Wintergirls is at the top of my recommendations list.


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Plot[ edit ] year-old Lia Overbrook has just found out that her ex-best friend Cassie is dead. She was found in a hotel room, killed by her illness: bulimia. Lia, who has a history of anorexia, falls into a downward spiral of self-harm and calorie counting. Trying to hide her illness from her family, she worsens and recovery seems impossible. She has been dealing with this eating disorder for quite some time and none of the help she received has made much of a difference. Lia finds it hard to get close to her father and step-mother because they forced her into the hospital in the past. Lia believes that if she had picked up, Cassie would still be alive.

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Frank A. Halse Jr. She grew up there with her younger sister, Lisa. As a student, she showed an early interest in writing, specifically during the second grade. Anderson enjoyed reading—especially science fiction and fantasy—as a teenager, but never envisioned herself becoming a writer. After her experience in Denmark, Anderson moved back home to work at a clothing store, earning the minimum wage. This motivated her to attend college.


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