Recommend A... is a weekly meme hosted by Shanyn at Chick Loves Lit. It is meant to showcase good books don't always think to recommend to others, so every week we pick a book that falls into a certain category.
I had a bit of trouble with today's prompt, since I don't normally read books based simply on other people's recommendations. I read fellow bloggers' reviews, but the thing that really makes me decide if I want to read a book is whether or not the summary sounds interesting. However, after a bit of thinking, I came up with the perfect recommendation, Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson.
Lia and Cassie were best friends, wintergirls frozen in matchstick bodies. But now Cassie is dead. Lia's mother is busy saving other people's lives. Her father is away on business. Her step-mother is clueless. And the voice inside Lia's head keeps telling her to remain in control, stay strong, lose more, weigh less. If she keeps on going this way—thin, thinner, thinnest—maybe she'll disappear altogether.
If it weren't for my friend raving about this book's amazingness, I may have simply written it off as just another eating disorder book. Now that I have read it, I don't even know where to begin when trying to describe how wonderful it is. There's just the simple shock factor: the things that Lia and Cassie did seem almost unbelievable if you haven't gone through something similar yourself, and yet the author makes you believe it. When you combine that with beautiful, haunting writing, you get an unforgettable book. I'm still thinking about Wintergirls and I can guarantee I will be for a long time.