Books like Wintergirls
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson is a powerful and intoxicating story for teenagers (and beyonds) about a girl driven to self-loathing by a friend’s suicide. Wintergirls on Amazon.com.
The following books are in varying degree similar to Wintergirls. They all have sad parts in their storys and most have their more or less fair share of fun parts. The main characters have to go through hard times and often to overcome major problems in their still young life. Most books have a happy end, but I can’t promise that for all of them.
Without further ado, this are the “Books like Wintergirls”:
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins
The lives of Vanessa, Tony and Conner crosses their paths in a psychiatric hospital in Aspen Springs. All three are here for an attempted suicide.
Vanessa is a beautiful and smart girl, but her secrets keep her answering the call of the blade. Tony has gone through a painful childhood and abuses pills to find some peace. The life of Conner seems perfect, but in reality he is in constant battle with his parent, his life and himself.
They all tried to end it all and grabbed a blade, a bottle or a gun. But it didn´t work out and so they got a second chance. Maybe together they can fight their demons successfully.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a coming of age story with heartbreak, but the hysterical moments overtrump them by far. It tells the story of “wallflower” Charlie. He has to find his course from adolescence to adulthood. He goes through first dates, family drama and find new friends.
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
“Thanks” to tumor-shrinking medical miracles Hazel has a few years of life bought, but in the end it will be terminal. With the appearance of Augustus Waters in her Cancer Kid Support Group her life gets a sudden plot twist.
The Fault in Our Stars is an insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw story of life, love and death.
The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder
Seventeen-year-old Campbell doesn’t believe in miracles. The last five years she has spent in and out of hospitals. But her mum and sister won’t give up. They have heard of a place named Promise in Maine. There are supposedly magical things happening.
Together they head to Promise for a holiday by the sea. There Cam meets the mysterious Asher, a crazy donkey called James and a puppy who’s a survivor. She learns to believe in true love, but will she although start to believe in miracles?
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
Sarah Byrnes and Eric have been friends since they were children. He was fat and she has terrible scars. Together they were outcasts. Later Eric got slim trough his swimming, but they stayed very close friends.
Sarah is the smartest and toughest person Eric has ever known. Now she sits silent in a hospital and Eric has to uncover her terrible secret, before its dark currents pull them both under.
Purge by Sarah Darer Littman
Jamie Ryman hates what she does – binge eating and then sticking her fingers down her throat and throwing up. The doctors and psychiatrists at Golden Slopes will try to help her. There she has to survice the conflicts between the Barfers and the Starvers.
A striking story about a girl’s recovery from bulimia.
Hold Still by Nina LaCour
After the suicide of her best friend Ingrid, Caitlin is left alone. She stuggles to find hope and answers. Ingrid has left her journal behind for her. When Caitlin finds it, for her begins a journey. With it comes understanding and a broadening of her horizon which leads to new friendships and first love.
Nina LaCour brings with “Hold Still” the first year of Catilin’s live without her best friend to life. She does this with emotion, honesty, and a captivating style of writing.
The Rules of Survival by Nancy Werlin
Matt and his sisters have to live with their cruel and vicious mother. For them live is a day-to-day struggle for survival. Matt feels for the first time a glimmer of hope, when he witnesses Murdoch coming to a child’s rescue in a convenience store. Amazingly Murdoch starts to date their mother and for the siblings life is suddenly almost good. But this holds only for a short period of time and the inevitably break up between Murdoch and their mother comes.
What can Matt do now? He knows he needs to do something. Can he aks his hero for help? Will he have to do it on his own? The The Rules of Survival is a heart-wrenching portrait of a family in crisis.
Hate List by Jennifer Brown
Valerie Leftman and her boyfriend Nick made a list of people and things they hated. Nick opened fire in their school cafeteria and used the list to pick his targets. Valerie tried to stop him and saved the life of a classmate. Because of the list she is implicated in the shootings.
Following the shooting and the summer of seclusion Val returns to school for her senior year. There she is forced to confront her guilt. She has to navigate the rocky relationship with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved. At the same time she is haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves. Val has to come to grips with the tradegy that happened and her role in it, so she can make amends and take new steps in her life.
Do you know more Books like Wintergirls? Feel free to share your recommendation in the comments.