Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Book Review: Wintergirls
AUTHOR: Laurie Halse Anderson
GENRE: young adult, drama
PREMISE: Basically is about a girl with deep problems dealing with grief and her own issues.
MY REVIEW: This is a difficult review to write because this book itself is difficult. The subject matter (girl going through grief, having an eating disorder, and many other pshycological problems) is probably not one that people would want to read on their free time. I myself had to put it down several times because it tends to be downright depressing at times. So yeah, a book for enjoyment, this is not.
But a powerful book? Most definitely. I admit, I normally don't care for the writing style that Anderson uses in this but for this particular story it worked really well because you really started to feel what Lia was feeling (hence the depressing bits). The author really got into this characters head and you just feel for this girl so much. Some parents may not care for the topic of this book but I'm sorry, the stuff going on in here goes on in real life. It is a sad thing, but it does happen. This book points out the consequences.
So book for enjoyment? Not really. But I do think this is a powerful book that needs to be read. This is definitely one of the best books in 2009 (in my opinion anyway).
WHO SHOULD READ: everyone who is inclined to pick it up
RATING: five out of five tissue boxes (you will need them)
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