“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.
Wintergirls is a book written by Laurie Halse Anderson. Although it is fiction, Anderson creates a work that is such realistic portrayal of what it is to struggle with an eating disorders. The story comes from someone who has personally experienced an eating disorder that resulted in serious medical consequences.
It tells the story of Lia and Casey who are best friends. They are “wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies”. They are in a deadly competition to see who can become to the skinniest, even past the sizes of zero and double-zero. The story tells the tale of how when Cassie falls to the demons within, Lia fells like she’s being haunted by her friend’s spirit. We as reader see the full cycle of Lia’s eating disorder, the descent into the eating disorders vortex, and her painful and long road to recovery.