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Laurie Halse Anderson

A young adult novel about losing self-control, self-and body image, depression and the presence of winter. This is the story of two best friends Lia and Cassie, albeit with a sad twist: When one develops bulimia, the other one develops anorexia and thus they start a contest, trying to find out which of the two can get thinner. A novel that offers an insight into the self-destructive challenges that some young teenagers face and may go through.

Wintergirls addresses taboo topics of mental and physical health and is suitable for interdisciplinary teaching with subjects such as Social Science or Ethics.

· · 2009

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Halse Anderson, Laurie. Wintergirls. Penguin, 2010. 320 pp., ISBN 9780142415573

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