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Wintergirls Book Project

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Wintergirls
By: Laurie Halse Anderson

Prezi By: Sophie Wood
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Characters
Lia Overbrook
Cassandra Parrish
Emma
Elijah
Jennifer
Prof. David Overbrook
Dr. Nancy Parker
Dr. Chloe Marrigan
Setting
Conflict
Summary
Passage from Wintergirls
Theme
Opinion
Emma is Lia's stepsister. She is in third grade and does many things like soccer, violen and French. Emma is sweet, friendly and carefree. Emma just wants to be a normal little girl, eating candy and playing all day with her stepsister.
Elijah is a worker at the Motel Cassie died in and he was the one who found Cassie. Elijah is strange, manipulative, and funny. He has a tiny crush on Lia, and he tries to find the answers to and the truth about life.
Lia is an eighteen year old girl who is anorexic. She believes that being the skinniest girl is strength. She has a goal to be 90 pounds and she never is empty or cold enough to eat. When Lia does eat, she counts the calories out to make sure she doesn't "overeat" and she only eats around or less than 100 calories a meal. Lia also cuts herself as a physical outlet for her emotions. Lia is sweet, persistent, and fragile. She tries to be a great stepsister to Emma, even though she is facing her own problems. Lia also thinks that she sees Cassie everywhere. Lia feels guilty and like she caused Cassie's death because Cassie called Lia thirty-three times before she died and Lia didn't answer one of the calls. At the end of the book, she realizes it won't be enough until the scale says 0.00 pounds. Lia also finds her own strength to overcome her anorexia, and she begins to become a "real girl".
Cassandra (Cassie) Parrish was Lia's best friend for nine years until they got into a fight and parted ways. Cassie was bulimic for most of her life and she was very active in the community. Cassie died in a motel room. She was puking into the toilet when her esophagus ripped open. She died in shock and in pain, all alone. Before Cassie died she called Lia thirty-three times telling Lia how alone and scared she was. Cassie is persistent, timid and kind.
Prof. David Overbrook is Lia's father and he is married to Jennifer. He got married to Dr. Chloe Marrigan after Dr. Marrigan got pregnant with Lia. Prof. David Overbrook and Dr. Marrigan eventually became divorced after years of fighting. Prof. Overbrook is stubborn, gentle, and kind. He truly loves Lia and his family, but sometimes he doesn't understand the feelings or problems of others and when he thinks he is right he gets defensive.
Dr. Chloe Marrigan is Lia's mother, and she only wants the best for her daughter. Dr. Marrigan got married to Prof. David Overbrook after she got pregnant with Lia. After years of fighting she finally got divorced to Prof. Overbrook, and she became completely devoted to her job. Dr. Marrigan visits Lia rarely, and she thinks that she knows best. Dr. Chloe Marrigan is defensive, gentle, and hardworking. She tries to protect her daughter and sometimes in doing so she picks a fight.
Jennifer is Prof. David Overbrook's second wife, Emma's mother and Lia's stepmother. Jennifer wants nothing more than to make sure her daughter becomes well-rounded and that Dr. Chloe Marrigan knows where she stands. Jennifer is overprotective, harsh, and kind. Jennifer sometimes goes overboard with the whole well-rounded thing and she forces Emma to do all of this enriching sruff like learn French and violin. Jennifer makes Emma wake up really early in the morning to do enrichment things and she doesn't let Lia take Emma out for ice-cream or give her a bag of chips once in a while.
Internal - Person Vs. Self
278 Pages
Realistic Fiction
Wintergirls takes place in a modern day, small town. The community seems very close and they all seem to know each other. The story takes place somewhere in New England, although it is not specified. Based on inferences, I think the book takes place somewhere in Maine or New Hampshire.
Vocabulary
Autopsy - the inspection of a body after death, to determine the cause of death.

Ignite- to set on fire

Morgue - a place where bodies are kept awaiting burial or examination.

Laxatives - a medicine to relieve constipation.

Clenched - to close tightly.

Melodramatic - exaggerated, emotional and sentimental.

Bulimic / Bulimia - an eating disorder where the person takes in a large amount of food and then vomits it up to avoid weight gain.

Anorexic / Anorexia - an eating disorder where a person fears becoming fat so much that they refuse food and often lose an unhealthy amount of weight.
Dr. Nancy Parker is Lia's shrink doctor. Dr. Parker is a specialist in troubled adolescents. Lia talks to Dr. Parker about her health, feelings and most importantly, her weight. Dr. Parker is an understanding, kind and helpful adult, although Lia only sees Dr. Parker as an annoying, cough drop addicted jerk. Dr. Parker is really the only one who is willing to listen to Lia, but Lia can't let herself tell Dr. Parker anything.
"You're not dead, but you're not alive either. You're a wintergirl, Lia-Lia, caught in between the worlds. You're a ghost with a beating heart. Soon you'll cross the border and be with me." - Cassie's Ghost, Pg 195-196
Friendship, Self Esteem, and Family are the themes in the book.
The conflict in Wintergirls is person vs. self. Lia is suffering anorexia and she also feels tons of guilt. The first person vs. self conflict in the book has to do with Lia's anorexia. Lia wants to stop starving and cutting herself because she knows that it hurts everyone around her. However she can't stop because there are voices in her head telling her she is ugly, fat, and stupid. Lia is trapped in her own world, and doesn't talk to anyone about her problems. She lies about her weight and says she's healthy just to get people off her back. Lia's parents try to help their daughter but because they don't understand what she is going through, they usually end up just yelling at Lia to eat. Another person vs. self conflict in the book has to deal with the guilt Lia feels. Lia feels tons of guilt because the night Lia's best friend, Cassie died, Cassie called Lia thirty-three times and Lia didn't pick up the phone. Lia feels as though she killed her best friend.
"You shouldn' have done it. You should have asked for help."
The snow rushes toward her and spins in a whirlwind that reaches up through the ceiling.
"I tried." The flames in her eyes burn my cheeks. "You didn't answer the phone."
- Conversation between Lia and Cassie's Ghost, Pg 196

Setting is important to the plot and conflict of a book. The setting helps to pull the story together, in a polished way. An example of how setting is important in Wintergirls by: Laurie Halse Anderson is when winter comes. The harsh winters of New England help emphasize the hurt and pain of Lia, and how cold and dark the pain really is. The setting helps you to understand the pain and bitterness of Lia's anorexia and guilt.
The book Wintergirls by: Laurie Halse Anderson is about an eighteen year old girl named Lia who struggles with anorexia. Lia hates her body, family and life. Lia's dad had many affairs when he was married to Lia's mother, and Lia's mother always tells Lia what to do. After Lia's best friend Cassandra "Cassie" Parrish dies, Lia is left alone in a dark and scary struggle against her anorexic mind. The night Cassie died, she called Lia thirty-three times for help. Lia was mad at Cassie because they had a big fight months before and hadn't talked to each other since. Lia didn't know Cassie needed help, so Lia did not answer the phone. That night Cassie died. Lia is left alone afraid and sad.
Wintergirls opens with Jennifer, Lia's stepmother telling Lia that Cassie has died, and that she is glad Lia didn't slip into they deadly ways of Cassie. Lia knows Cassie was bulimic and she always thought of Cassie as strong, not deadly. Lia is shocked and remembers that Cassie had called her thirty-three times the night before. Lia goes to her room and listens to each desperate cry for help, the message that were left. Lia pretends that she only know what jennifer told her about Cassie's death, because of the whole control piece in her life. Lia went to a place called New Seasons twice for rehabilitation because she is anorexic. Lia is always controlling something. It is usually about food consumption and exercise. Lia's emotions are out of whack and she has no control for them. Her parents got divorced when Lia was young, and then her dad married Jennifer. Jennifer brought along the only good thing in Lia's life, Lia's stepsister Emma. However the anorexia is more controlling than the love Lia feels for Emma and not even Emma's love can force Lia to eat.
One day Lia comes home from school and sees a message on the answering machine. She plays it and finds that a man named Elijah wants to send her a message from Cassie. Lia decides to go to the place Cassie died, a motel and she meets Elijah there. Elijah asks for Lia's name, but Lia tells him her name is Emma. Lia sees the room Cassie died in and goes home. After the visit, Cassie's ghost visits Lia constantly. Cassie makes it clear she wants Lia to cross over to the side of death so they can see each other again. Cassie tells Lia she is ugly and fat and stupid, just like the voices in Lia's head. This causes Lia to exercise harder, cut deeper and diet more. Lia's parents and stepmother eventually become worried about Lia and send her to Dr. Nancy Parker, Lia's shrink doctor. Lia doesn't say much to Dr. Parker and lies a lot.
Soon Cassie's funeral day comes and Lia and Elijah go together. Elijah finds out Lia had been lying to her about her name and he becomes mad. Lia tries to apologize, but Elijah won't listen. Lia goes to bed that night and hopes that Cassie's ghost won't bug her anymore now that Cassie is buried. Cassie's ghost keeps appearing though coaxing Lia to come with her. Lia keeps cutting and dieting until one day Emma walks in and sees Lia cutting herself. Lia looks like a monster to Emma and this scars Emma. Lia feels awful and is sent to live with her mother because Jennifer doesn't want Lia to hurt Emma anymore.
Lia goes back to Dr. Parker and tells Dr. Parker everything about Cassie's ghost. After the appointment Jennifer is supposed to pick Lia up, but she never comes. Lia takes a cab to the motel where she finds Elijah and apologizes. Elijah forgives her and says she can spend the night if she calls her parents. Lia does, and in the morning Elijah is gone. Elijah leaves a note telling Lia that she needs to stay with her parents. Lia walks outside to go back home, when she realizes that room 113, the room Cassie died in is unlocked. Lia knows everything should be locked up, and she gets scared. Lia sees Cassie's ghost again, and Cassie tells Lia that she is about to die. Lia's kidneys failed and she will die in a few minutes. Cassie tells Lia her only option is to die. Lia proves that she has more options in life with a piece of glass that was Cassie's when Cassie and Lia were nine. Supposedly, the glass reads the future, and Lia sees there is more to life than the starving and cutting. Cassie tells Lia she wants to be dead, because right now she isn't completely at peace, and cannot die. Lia tells Cassie to remember the good things, and this helps Cassie die peacefully. Before Cassie disappears, Lia tells Cassie she is sorry for not answering the phone, and Cassie says she is sorry for not calling sooner. Lia calls her mom and Lia is sent back to New Seasons. This time Lia tries to actually get better, because she wants to for Emma. Lia begins a new chapter, thawing from being a wintergirl.
I think that this is an important part of the book because it shows how Lia and Cassie were at a dangerous point in their lives. That if they kept up the hurting and suffering, they would die. I think this gives a deeper understanding of what it is like to goes through an eating disorder, and how scary it feels. I believe that this is important to show because it gives a knowledge of the characters and what they are going through. This part of the book show Lia's suffering and pain, the hardships of her life and how they could do something truly damaging.
This passage is imprtant to the end of the book because it helps show Lia that being a wintergirl is dangerous, and that she really does want to get better. This part of the book really puts Lia's whole life in perspective, and it shows her that change can happen, it is possible, she just has to be willing to take that first step.
There are many themes in this book but the main themes are family, friends, and self-esteem. Laurie Halse Anderson tries to show the reader that even though your family will not always be perfect, they will have their flaws, but they still love and care for you. No matter how mad or disappointed they get, your family will always be your number one supporters.
Laurie Halse Anderson also shows that friends make mistakes, and that you might have a really bad fight with one of them, but true friends always stick by your side. True friends will miss you when you're gone, and when they do something horrid to you, they will feel bad, and they will try so many times to take back their mistakes. Your friends may not be perfect, but they love and care for you, and you can trust them for help.
Self-esteem is another theme in the book, and it is shown through Lia and Cassie. Laurie Halse Anderson shows that a hurt self-esteem is bad. You need to cherish yourself, and love your skin. Trying to change yourself so you are the perfect person, won't work, you are beautiful the way you are. Getting your self-esteem up will increase your mood and you will feel better.
I enjoyed the book Wintergirls by: Laurie Halse Anderson a lot. I enjoyed this book because of the message it gives to young girls and teens. I enjoyed how detailed the book was and how Laurie Halse Anderson told the eating disorders as they are. She didn't try to hide anything, and in doing that, she made the book very realistic. I really liked the message to girls and boys who hate themselves everyday because they "aren't skinny enough" and they "aren't perfect". I enjoyed how Laurie Halse Anderson showed true strength against Lia's perspective of strength. I like how Laurie Halse Anderson shows how Lia thinks strength is empty and starving, but in the end Lia learns true strength is fighting for yourself, and your family.
I would recommend this book to a friend because it shows the truth behind the mind and how crazy it can be. The book also is very easy to follow and it does tug at your heart. I wouldn't recommend this book to people who get queasy easily though because there are a few graphic details when Lia is cutting herself. Overall Wintergirls is a very powerful and moving book, and I would recommend it to people who enjoy heart-warming things.
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