I told you a week ago that I had one book I wanted to keep back, to hide from all of you because it was very special...
And here it is!
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson!
I cannot begin to tell you how amazing this book is. No one writes like Laurie Halse Anderson, she is amazingly talented and every new novel she writes blows me away. Wintergirls came out in paperback just recently, and I ordered it the second it was released so that we could have a celebratory book discussion.
I read this book in one day, it was the first book I purchased for my Kindle after Christmas, I read it on December 26, right here at the library, because no one came in on the day after Christmas.
Okay, ridiculously simplified synopsis time.
Lia wakes up Monday morning to 33 missed calls. All were from the same person. And she missed them all on purpose.
Now Cassie, Lia's best friend, is dead. Lia and Cassie had been estranged for over a year, and Lia avoided the calls because she was sure they were a prank. Now she knows they weren't.
In middle school, Lia and Cassie made a pact. Each vowed to be the thinnest girl in school, competing with each other until they both were trapped in matchstick bodies and unable to stop themselves. Now Lia must deal both with the loss of her friend and the guilt of not being able to help her, save her, when Cassie needed her the most.
As Lia spirals deeper and deeper into her illness, she must choose either to join Cassie or to finally save herself.
Told in a lyrical style reminiscent of Speak, Wintergirls is painfully beautiful and impossible to put down.
Book trailer time.
We've got two copies of the book for you to check out and read as well as a ton for sale at the circulation desk for $5.00 each. You can sign up for the book discussion there too. Don't forget to sign up when you buy your book.
As always, it doesn't matter if you've finished the book when the discussion rolls around--come anyway.
And, in order to encourage us all to eat--we will have snacks. I'm thinking waffles or maybe cupcakes. Read the novel to know why.
And while you wait, go here for more about the novel, downloads, and other great resources.