Reading level: Young AdultFirst off, I'll say that I listened to this on audiobook (playaway). I thought the reader did a pretty good job. It definitely wasn't my favorite reader, but I tend to like guy readers a lot better than girl readers, so take that into consideration. She did well, though, and before long I could actually believe that it was Lia talking to me, instead of just someone reading a book, which I think would be the goal in a book like this. One thing that was strange was that Lia would have thoughts, and in the book they're probably italicized or something, to stand out, but on the audio they put in a tone. At first I thought there was something wrong with the playaway, but I realized this was their way of differentiating between her conflicting thoughts.
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Speak; Reprint edition (February 23, 2010)
Author's Website: http://madwomanintheforest.com/Buy the Book: Amazon
“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 were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives. Her father is away on business. Her step-mother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way—thin, thinner, thinnest—maybe she'll disappear altogether.
In her most emotionally wrenching, lyrically written book since the National Book Award finalist Speak, best-selling author Laurie Halse Anderson explores one girl's chilling descent into the all-consuming vortex of anorexia.
As for the book...
As most of you know by now, we at Reading Teen also take book requests from Teens and Parents who are interested to know about the content of books before they read them. We try to give a good idea of the profanity, sex, violence and other things while also talking about the story itself and whether or not we enjoyed it.
This was a book was requested by a teen and a parent, so I decided to pick up the audiobook from our local library. This isn't necessarily a book I would have picked up on my own because I've never had issues with eating disorders or cutting, and I don't really know anyone (as far as I'm aware) that struggles with these issues. However, I found the world that Lia was living in absolutely gripping. To hear the thoughts and struggles that girls go through, was mind-blowing. And also a little bit overwhelming. How do you go about helping a girl who is so lost? And I guess that's one of the wonderful things about this book. Hopefully it is a help to those who most need it.
I've heard before that some parents have a problem with this book, or others like it, saying that it could be a trigger, causing girls to "try out" anorexia or cutting. Or causing those who struggle to slip back into the destructive patterns. So, before I put up my Parental review, I wanted to ask you:
What does this book mean to you?
Whether you struggle with anorexia, bulimia, cutting, suicidal thoughts, or maybe you just know someone who does, how do you feel about this book? Was it helpful? Was it harmful? Would you recommend it to those who struggle? To their parents? To everyone? What would you say to those who think this book is too much? If you have a link to a post, feel free to add it in your comments. I will be adding some of the comments to my Parent review.
- Sexual Content: Mild (with molestation hinted at)
- Profanity: Moderate
- Violence: Some bullying, suicide, cutting
- Other Notables:
- Extreme insight into anorexia and bulimia
- Underage drinking, smoking
- Use of sleeping pills and laxatives