This book touched me deeply. I loved a wintergirl and she killed herself seven years ago. I know how hard this world is when your eyes see things that just aren't there. It is so hard to see girls struggling so hard to be enough in a world that has no place for imperfections.
The writing is brutal and stark and poetic and beautiful and hauntingly painful. I couldn't get Lia out of my mind for days. Every time I picked up the book, I couldn't stop reading. It was hard to leave her lost in the winter until I could pick up the book again.
Some people told me they felt this book was inappropriate for girls because it gave them ideas about anorexia and bulimia. I think the issues go so deep that a book is not going to push someone into this life. It is not glamorized, but Lia does have ways to convince people that she is fine when she is clearly not. I would definitely read the book before suggesting it for a teenager to see if it was appropriate for him/her.
This book was haunting and changed my life profoundly because I now understand the world through a wintergirl's eyes. Although Lia will stay with me for a very long time, I am glad that I can leave her world. Here's to the wintergirls. I hope this book helps us change our views of weight, beauty, and perfection.