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Summary

The New York Times best-selling story of a friendship frozen between life and death.

Lia and Cassie are best friends, wintergirls frozen in fragile bodies, competitors in a deadly contest to see who can be the thinnest. But then Cassie suffers the ultimate loss - her life - and Lia is left behind, haunted by her friend's memory and racked with guilt for not being able to help save her. 

In her most powerfully moving novel since Speak, award-winning author Laurie Halse Anderson explores Lia's struggle, her painful path to recovery, and her desperate attempts to hold on to the most important thing of all: hope.

©2009 Laurie Halse Anderson (P)2019 Listening Library

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  • alan g.
  • 02-01-20

Triggering fantasy

There's too much metaphor on the story line. The fantasy confuses the storyline into a kind of parallel story. Overall decent book but wouldn't recommend it to someone with low attention span.

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  • Mora Barrientos
  • 03-11-19

entertaining

i read it during my 2 hour walks everyday. finished it quickly. wish it had a longer “recovery” part since being honest listening to the not eating part triggered me a lot (i’ve recently begun recovery once again after 5 years of anorexia) ... needs more motivation

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  • Kara Ohlsen
  • 25-09-19

Captivating, Interesting & Thought Provoking

What a very beautiful, yet sad way to explore one teenager's struggle with an eating disorder, cutting and mental illness. Written like poetry. This book was one I didn't want to put down, you are able to see this amazing work play out in your minds eye. Those are the absolute best kinds of books. I loved the poetic way this book was written. Bringing to light the seriousness of some of the struggles teens face. It also shows how there is hope, help & love. I highly recommend this book. I will definitely be listening to it again!

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  • A
  • 26-07-22

Finding hope, when you thought you lost it all

I found a copy of this book at my local thrift store a few years ago. I read it from cover to cover in one night.
so when I found the audio version of it, I had to listen and I am not disappointed. The narrator did such a great job and made the characters more real for me. it was like discovering the book again for the first time.
I enjoyed the story even years later, it reminded me of a time when reading got me through a rough patch.
thank you for whoever donated this book so that I could give it a new home.

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  • Dear Jeff Bezos, stop riding around in rockets and use that money to pay your taxes
  • 14-04-22

One of the best readers I've heard

Phoebe Strole's performance in this audiobook is one of the best I've heard on Audible. I read this book in print a few years before hearing the audiobook. When I like a book, I worry about listening to the audio version because I don't want my memory of the book to be ruined by a bad reading. Most audiobooks I've heard on Audible have had terrible readers that ruin the story. Strole was nearly perfect. I'm not crazy about the way she made some of the adults sound, reading every line in a mean way, but I guess her interpretation of the book was different than mine when I read it in print.

The only problem with the audiobook is that at one point there are pages filled with "must not eat" repeated over and over. In print, you glance at the pages and don't read every "must not eat" on the page. You just get the idea that the character is repeating that phrase, and you move on. In the audiobook, of course, for the listener to get that point, Strole had to read every "most not eat". It's torture. Of course, that's the point. You're getting inside the head of the character. But that section of the book could replace the Boots thing in military torture training. I usually turn on audiobooks at night very softly while I sleep. When I pick this book, the "must not eat" section always wakes me up, and I have to rush to the computer to click the button to skip to the next chapter. It's not Strole's fault that it drives me crazy; she does put some variety in the way she reads it. Still, it's the same three words repeated for several minutes. Trust me: when you hear "must not eat", go ahead and click skip. Otherwise it will drive you insane.

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  • joy harty
  • 02-04-22

Insightful

Having a child with anorexia is so very hard. This really gave me insight into my daughter’s mind. Thank you for writing it.

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  • Haiden McKay
  • 23-02-21

Really good book

As someone who’s dealt with body issues in the past, this book was kind of scary to read but in the end it made me feel better about myself. really nice book

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  • David
  • 17-07-20

Amazing book!

This book is amazing and powerful. Very triggering for someone with an eating disorder but somehow I doubt my saying this will stop anyone since I listened specifically to trigger myself. Maybe I’ll recover too, eventually...

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  • Ariel
  • 26-05-20

good .

story great overall.a little too much repetitiveness with words it stopped being effective after a while. ( the counting and repetition).

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  • Michael
  • 19-02-20

Great, but...

A couple of over privileged girls fight a battle most of us would love to have the opportunity to conquer