Has anyone else finished Wintergirls? I read it in one sitting a few weeks back and am still thinking about it - I thought it was stunning and, if I may be so blasphemous, better than Speak. I know there has been hubbub about the book due to an article in the New York Times that argues the book is dangerous and serves as a primer for young girls who want to develop eating disorders. I couldn't disagree more. The fiction-as-catalyst never theory has never worked for me - first off, unfortunately, people who are already sick will find ways to feed their sickness no matter what they read. And where was the Rainbow Party craze that was supposed to materialize on the heels of that hideous book? Please, let's give our young readers a little more credit.
This is turning out to be more diatribe than review - sorry about that. What I really wanted to say is that I found Wintergirls to be terrifying and frustrating, but ultimately left me hopeful. I appreciated that the parents weren't perfect, but weren't villains. And I loved that the story focused on Lia and let Cassie exist as a ghost seen only through Lia's eyes.