The novel “Wintergirls” is dark story about a girl named Lia and her struggle overcoming a terrible eating disorder. Throughout the novel, we see Lia struggle with her eating disorder, recover from the death of her best friend, and restore her relationships with everybody around her.
The story starts off with sixteen year old Lia getting ready to head out the door for school. Lia lives with stepmother Jennifer, her father, and younger stepsister Emma. Lia adores Emma, does anything to make that little girl happy and is the only one we really see Lia show true emotion and compassion towards through the majority of the novel.
Right off the bat, we see Lia hiding her feelings. Her ...view middle of the document...
They promised they would always be the skinniest girls in school, and made it a competition to each other to see who could be the skinniest.
A few days after Cassie had died, Lia got a phone call on the way to school from a mysterious man from the motel where Cassie died. He left a message and asked Lia to come down to the motel. When she walked into the motel, she was greeted by an old man at the front desk, who introduced her to another man named Elijah (the man who called her). He asked her if she was Lia, and she responded no, in fear she had something to do with the death of Cassie. She told him her name was Emma. He went with Lia to Cassie’s funeral, while still believing her name was Emma; that is until her mother saw her and called out “Lia!” From that point on, Elijah did not trust her, and we do not see him for a great portion of the book.
A major part of the book is Cassie “haunting” Lia. She shows up in a ghost type form and was always, trying to get Lia to transfer to her side. Lia struggled majorly with anorexia. It controlled her every move and every thought. Lia always reminisced back to when she was a “real girl”. Cassie visits her all times of the day and reminded her she was not a real girl. She said Lia was not living, but she was not dead either; she was a wintergirl.
The story starts to change gears near the end of the book. Lia had been starving herself, but was asked to take her younger stepsister Emma to her school recital. At the recital, cupcakes and sweets of all kinds were being sold. Lia could not resist. She overate in massive proportions. That night she woke up screaming. Her stomach and body were not used to all of the sugars and starches it in took. She felt like a disgusting pig; a failure. She took out a knife and cut herself between the ribs, under her heart; anywhere she could. The last thing saw was Emma standing at the door horrified, and the first thing Lia woke up to the next day in the hospital was Emma’s screams.
The next few chapters of the novel we see Lia still struggling. She moved back in with her mother because Jennifer did not want her corrupting Emma. They were waiting for a space to open at New Seasons (the mental institution hospital), and she was going to...