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4.1 17
Young Adult Fiction 4046
Not Dead or Alive
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Wintergirls was a very good and meaningful book. It was hard to put down. There was a lot of meaning in Wintergirls, and it changed the way I look at things. It changed the way I look at “being thin”, and it also changed the way I see media; all of the super thin people who make other people feel like they’re fat, the way Lia felt. And, since it changed my perspective, I could understand Lia’s situation even better. This is a great book, and I think that people would benefit from reading it.
Good Points
The title represents how the girls in this story are not dead, but they are not alive either, like the trees and grass in winter.
I liked how the author showed how Lia felt angry at herself when she ate food, and how she couldn’t even let herself think about eating. Lia would always want to be thinner, and she would never feel thin enough until she weighed nothing. I could see how anorexic and bulimic people felt.
I could understand how Lia felt in the book. I could see how it felt to be anorexic. The writing was powerful. I could feel the fear and guilt that Lia felt. I could also understand Lia’s perspective; how her life had affected her, and how she felt like she had to be thin.
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