Title: The Disappearing Girl
Author: Heather Topham Wood
Release date: May 7, 2013
Age Group: New Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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Kayla Marlowe is slowly vanishing…
Last year, Kayla’s world imploded. Her beloved father died, leaving her alone with a narcissistic mother who is quick to criticize her daughter’s appearance. During her winter break from college, Kayla’s dangerous obsession with losing weight begins.
Kayla feels like her world changes for the better overnight. Being skinny seems to be the key to the happiness she has desperately been seeking. Her mother and friends shower her with compliments, telling her how fantastic she looks. Kayla is starving, but no one knows it.
Cameron Bennett explodes into Kayla’s life. He’s sexy and kind—he has every quality she has been looking for in a guy. As Cameron grows closer to Kayla and learns of how far she’s willing to go to stay thin, he becomes desperate to save her.
Kayla’s struggles with anorexia and bulimia reach a breaking point and she is forced to confront her body image issues in order to survive. She wonders if Cameron could be the one to help heal her from the pain of her past.
New Adult Contemporary-Ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations.
This book was unbelievable, in a good way. Probably one of the best book that I have read in awhile. It really touched my heart. This book delves into the subject of anorexia and bulimia in a real way. Not every aspect of this book was pretty, just like not every aspect of those disorders are pretty.
Kayla has always been the person who felt like the fat friend. She has low self esteem. Her mother was constantly nagging her about her weight. I felt really connected to Kayla. There are people out there that are really like her mom. Her mom was mentally abusive towards her children. Hurtful words from someone who is supposed to love you unconditionally can really scar a person.
I felt for her through the entire book. Even when she was being selfish and hateful towards people. I was hoping that she would pull through and make it. Every time she made herself throw up, I inwardly cringed. All I could think about is what that does to your body. It ruins your teeth and its not good for your bodily organs. Here are some charts I found at http://www.helpguide.org. If you notice she does through a lot of these things in the book.
She may have been thin but she has just as bad health as someone who is overweight. Skinny doesn't mean healthy, and overweight doesn't mean unhealthy. People's bodies come in all shapes and sizes, and food impacts everyone's bodies differently. I think some people have such a narrow minded view, and can't understand what individual people do go through.
Cameron was such a sweetheart. I love how patient and caring he was with her. He truly was a great a guy. He was so understanding. He really is a dream guy. He does have the White Knight symptom. I think he feels like he needs to save her. So I think he does go overboard at times, and freak her out which does push her more into herself. You will find out why he does feel the need to be the White Knight in the story.
I felt like her friends should have tried to do more. I felt like they were bystanders watching what was happening, but didn't know what to do to help. The best thing to do if you are in that situation is ask a professional, for example a counselor or doctor. They may be able to give great advice.
I hope you guys check out this book, and love it just as much as I did!
About the Author:
Heather Topham Wood’s obsession with novels began in childhood while growing up in a shore town in New Jersey. Writing since her teens, she recently returned to penning novels after a successful career as a freelance writer. She’s the author of the paranormal romance Second Sight series and the standalone The Disappearing Girl.
Heather graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a bachelor's degree in English. Her freelance work has appeared in publications such as USA Today, Livestrong.com, Outlook by the Bay and Step in Style magazine. She resides in Trenton, New Jersey with her husband and two sons. Besides writing, Heather is a pop culture fanatic and has an obsession with supernatural novels and TV shows.
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