Instead of doing a mini-biography, I think I will share the history behind the name of my blog.
Books, as someone with an English degree, integrated themselves in my life. I’ve been a voracious reader from an early age, blessed with parents who have encouraged my reading pursuits. Of course, I started with Harry Potter, but we all did, didn’t we? Books have always been my escape, inserting myself into a better self and a better world. Books drive my world.
Summergirl refers to a book that changed my life– “Wintergirls” by Laurie Halse Anderson. This book is the poetic and heart-wrenching story of a girl struggling with anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and self-harms. This book saved my life. I don’t want to be dramatic, but I had been anorexic for three or four years. My lowest weight was me returning to the weight I had in the sixth grade. As I progressed through my disorder, began exercising compulsively, I felt like I was no longer an entity. I no longer had a voice. I ate my own voice since I was no longer eating food.
Therefore, Summergirl refers to the book. Since “the Wintergirls” are the two anorexic main characters stuck in their “snow drifts and bone prisons,” I decided the opposite of this was being a Summergirl. The Summergirl possesses a strong voice, who tells others what she needs and desires. A Summergirl isn’t ashamed to be who she wants to be.
“There is no magic cure, no making it all go away forever. There are only small steps upward: an easier day, an unexpected laugh, a mirror that doesn’t matter anymore. I am thawing.” – Anderson
Therefore, everyday I will continue my journey and share it with the world.
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