Wintergirls Laurie Halse Anderson Analysis

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Wintergirls To be in the world, but not be fully there, only a frail skeletal body, passing day by day without actually taking in the world. Enter into the world of a wintergirl. This is what Lia is, a lost soul living in the cruel and taunting world of anorexia. Living her barely-there life frozen between living and dying, in a small town of New Hampshire with her overbearing mother Chloe, overworked father David, caring stepmother Jennifer and innocent nine-year-old stepsister Emma. Through the poetic writing and expressions of Laurie Halse Anderson, she brings the pages of her book , to life. It started the New Years Eve Cassie and Lia were twelve. The spiraling downfall of Lia’s teenage years all started with the vow to be the skinniest…show more content…
She uses descriptive, poetic phrases, a unique way of constructing the story and all-too-real images to keep the reader interested and send a message across Her poetic imagery is showcased in sentences like “My skin slopes down over the empty belly, then around the inside sharp hip bones, bowls carved out of stone and painted with fading pink razor scars. I twist the glass. My vertebrae are wet marbles piled one on top of the other. My winged shoulder blades look ready to sprout feathers.”- Laurie Halse Anderson page 222. Anderson’s ability to create these vivid images allows the reader to see what is happening and experience it through the writing. Her words really put you right into Lia’s shoes. This is also displayed through the way she constructs her writing. She writes in the first person so that Lia is the one telling her story. Anderson made it so that you see every thing Lia is thinking. Just like when she is at dinner and her family is watching her every move making sure she eats she thinks“ Just because I dish it out, doesn’t mean I have to swallow it. I am strong enough to do this the potatoes smell so good stay strong, empty empty the potatoes smell…show more content…
Wintergirls is for teenage and young adult readers seeking diversity in the plot and structure of a novel. This particular novel sends a message across to the reader through the vivid images created in the sentences that show the tragedies and consequences of eating disorders and living in the footsteps of somebody else, as Lia did with Cassie. And when Lia finally decides not to comply with Cassies wishes for her to come to the dead with her, it shows that if you think for yourself anything is possible. I would not suggest this book to children younger then twelve due to the graphic images created in Andersons writing. It is also a very complex book, and takes a lot of thinking to comprehend and it really gets down to the truth and lives of some girl out

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