“I swear to be the skinniest girl in school.” There is no way to discuss Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls without using words like haunting. Disturbing. Painful. There is no beating around the bush: this novel made me uncomfortable. Lia, Halse’s protagonist, is suffering from an eating disorder, which begins to spiral completely out of control (again) after her best friend dies. ...
After slogging through my last read, I was really looking forward to this sweet little Sarah Dessen that was waiting patiently on my nightstand. Dessen is just the kind of author you like to come home to to after a long day: warm, complex characters, a family-oriented plotline, and delightfully, undistractingly, beautifully thoughtful writing. In short: this was just ...
I read Lock and Key on the recommendation of a friend. This one is hard. Dessen’s writing never disappoints, but I found Lock and Key a little more tough to read, simply because the subject matter was so difficult: abandonment, homelessness, strained family ties, alcoholism and drug use. And yet, amongst all the upsetting, traumatic things going on in this book, Dessen manages to ...