Thursday, February 26, 2009

march's pick

Any suggestions for a book to discuss? How about Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls, out mid-March? Here's the synopsis (taken from B&N's website):

"Dead girl walking," the boys say in the halls.
"Tell us your secret," the girls whisper, one toilet to another.
I am that girl.
I am the space between my thighs, daylight shining through.
I am the bones they want, wired on a porcelain frame.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the skinniest. But what comes after size zero and size double-zero? When Cassie succumbs to the demons within, Lia feels she is being haunted by her friend's restless spirit.

In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the multiple-award-winning Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's descent into the powerful vortex of anorexia, and her painful path toward recovery.

I know I'll be reading that one. Or I'd be up for something by someone more obscure, or another YA classic (like when we read Dance on my Grave). Maybe for May we can read the new Sherman Alexie, Radioactive Love Song. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Any ideas for a March book?


kristin said...

I definitely want to read Wintergirls. I doubt I'll get to it this March, but it's a must read for me at some point, so I'd be totally up for that one, and I'll just comment some time down the line.

Here's what's next on my list: The Smile by Donna Jo Napoli (just starting it now); I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak; Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr; First Light by Rebecca Stead; Sabriel by Garth Nix; and Dreamhunter by Elizabeth Knox.

Holy cow, a new Sherman Alexie?

kristin said...

Oh, hang on, I meant Ink Exchange, not Fragile Eternity.

Cassandra Mortmain said...

Wintergirls sounds like a really interesting book, but if wanted to do another Laurie Halse Anderson that's already been released (and might be easier to find in libraries) she WAS just honored for Fever, 1893, which I've never read.

So, if others would be interested in that, I could definitely be interested. Thoughts?