Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

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Wintergirls is a book related to eating disorders. The author’s purpose of writing this book is to inform readers what a person with an eating disorder. It depicts the inner and outer conflicts that characters like Lia and Cassie face with disorder. It all began with a competition between two characters of who can be the skinniest. Cassie dies in the attempt of winning the game. Lia, the main character in this novel, always keeps track of her food consumption. For example, one breakfast morning, Lia said she didn’t want “a muffin (410),…orange (75),…toast (87),…waffles (180)” (Anderson 5). Lia constantly keeps track of the calories she eats. Unlike Cassie who follows the path of bulimia, Lia inhibits herself from eating, therefore not…show more content…
However, Lia thinks that “nothing [she does] is [her mother’s] business anymore” now that she is divorced from her father (Anderson 142). Her frustration with a split family and her father’s new wife, Jennifer, seemed to be too much pressure for Lia to handle. In the end, in the process of healing, she began to talk more with her mom and realized that her mom shows care in her own way. Lia’s mother worries like any other mother. She worries that “[her] only child was starving to death and [she] couldn’t help her” (Anderson 236). Lia may feel like her mother is always so distant with her work at the hospital, but she still has the sense of hope that her mother really does care in her own unique way. Along with her external conflicts, Lia deals with many internal conflicts as well. One of the biggest inner conflicts Lia deals with is her eating disorder. For instance, at her rehabilitation facility, a nurse had instructed her to drink a cup of orange juice. When she had taken the cup from her, she implies that “[her] throat wants it [her] brain wants it [her] blood wants it [her] hand does not want this [her] mouth does not want this” (Anderson 20). The author’s unique use of crossing out what is the truth versus what’s not crossed as what she is forcing herself to say connects with the reader. It implies her inner conflict with her mind and her body. Moreover, she is continuously striving

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