She is an AMAZING author.
Wintergirls is a young adult novel published in 2009 and why it didn't win a Newberry Medal or at least an Honor is BEYOND me. It has been published in over 15 countries and I can see why. I couldn't put this book down. I was instantly entwined in the life of Lia, the main character, as she struggles with anorexia, the death of her best friend and her relationship issues with her mother as well in addition to the problems she has with her father and stepmother. While I've never grappled with anorexia or bulimia as the main character and her best friend did, I could feel their pain as they pulled me into the pages with them.
I have admired the writing of Laurie Halse Anderson for many years. They way she makes the life of a troubled teen unfold into the reader's life takes incredible writing talent and dedication to her subject and her readers. I feel the pain of her characters as though they are sitting next to me telling me the story in person.
While reading Wintergirls, I couldn't help but think of a friend of mine from long ago. We were best friends for two years in elementary school and remained in touch for sometime after I moved away. I reconnected with her again shortly after I married and saw her briefly on a trip my husband and I made to Utah. I discovered that she was suffering from the eating disorder covered in this book. We lost touch again, reconnected again briefly on Facebook, and then disconnected once again when she left Facebook. I always think fondly of her. I thought of her continuously while reading this book--- just wondering if it touched upon her own pain, the parts of her story I will probably never know. I know a childhood friend of only two years couldn't possibly put things together for her, but oh how I wish I could reach out and just hug her...let her know I still care. So I write this post for Shelly (I know, you are called Lachelle now...but my best memories of you are Shelly - a.k.a. Kriss 😉 )....that she may know I've never forgotten her...never forgotten how she touched my life...and that I pray for her...pray she has found happiness and health. Love to you my dear friend.