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. 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 in this way - thin, thinner, thinnest - maybe she'll disappear altogether. Beautifully written in a voice that rings perfectly true, WINTERGIRLS illuminates a terrifying and increasingly prevalent illness. THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME showed us the mind of an autistic boy. WINTERGIRLS does the same for an anorexic girl.