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Just finished Wintergirls - book club me? :)


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#1 sambali

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Posted 27 March 2021 - 11:06 AM

I've just finished Wintergirls! From what I can tell, it's a bit of a forum favourite!

 

I'd love to hear your thoughts on it if anyone wants to join me in some book chat! 

 

I thought it was beautifully written - I loved the prose style and the imagery. It was also chilling in its unflinching presentation of Lia's disordered thoughts. Being immersed in her head-space for that long was a wild ride!

 

I was also super relived that Elijah didn't turn out to be some kind of white-knight saviour in the end - I thought that was where it was going during the cafe scene and really resented the idea that all Lia needed was a guy to fix her! I thought it was an awesome choice by the author that in the end, she needed to be the one to save herself. 

 

What did you guys think?


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Posted 27 March 2021 - 11:12 AM

eh, i mean, it's a good book,  a lil cheesy, but good.

i'm just so sick of the "delicate white girl with an ed" trope, yknow?

like c'mon pls can we get some diversity? 

 

but otherwise, i agree w/ you completely! 


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Posted 27 March 2021 - 11:17 AM

Honestly I’d love to have a group chat about this!


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Posted 27 March 2021 - 11:26 AM

eh, i mean, it's a good book,  a lil cheesy, but good.

i'm just so sick of the "delicate white girl with an ed" trope, yknow?

like c'mon pls can we get some diversity? 

 

but otherwise, i agree w/ you completely! 

 

Agreed! She's definitely an incredibly entitled character! She's from a wealthy, aspirational family, who'd obviously do anything to help her (especially her mum and Jessica), yet she's always so resentful towards them. I really don't understand what they're meant to have done wrong in her eyes?? I think it's probably to do with the fact that they don't enable her self-destructive tendencies but  . . .   still! 

 

I agree with your call for more diverse representation. It would be amazing to hear different perspectives on the ED experience. 


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Posted 27 March 2021 - 12:17 PM

Agreed! She's definitely an incredibly entitled character! She's from a wealthy, aspirational family, who'd obviously do anything to help her (especially her mum and Jessica), yet she's always so resentful towards them. I really don't understand what they're meant to have done wrong in her eyes?? I think it's probably to do with the fact that they don't enable her self-destructive tendencies but  . . .   still! 

 

I agree with your call for more diverse representation. It would be amazing to hear different perspectives on the ED experience. 

THANK U FOR BRINGING UP HER RESENTMENT OMG?? Her parents have SO much money and just want the best and she's so ungrateful??? Like, I understand wanting people to enable you and being frustrated with recovery or whatever, but. Y'know. She just came across as so spoiled :// Hopefully, ED writers start to be more diverse.


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Posted 20 April 2021 - 04:19 PM

I have been around ED and pro-ana sites since the old days and had never read any ED books whatsoever. Of course I knew about the existence of this book but that's about it.

 

That being said, I got this a few months back as part of my audio book subscription and finally started it. I really didn't have any hopes for it and was doubtful that I would even get very far into it. In terms of the target audience it's so far outside of my norm (my previous book for example was Tolkein's Silmarillion).

 

However, once I finally started it last week and finished it a couple days ago I can now say it was amazingly good. I absolutely loved it! It didn't change my views on eating disorders and even if I read it 10 years ago I can safely say it wouldn't have changed anything, however it was such a legitimately well-written novel that really keeps one engaged throughout to the very end.




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