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The Disappearing Girl de Heather Topham Wood
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The Disappearing Girl (edició 2013)

de Heather Topham Wood (Autor)

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266705,391 (4)No n'hi ha cap
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.… (més)
Membre:khal_khaleesi
Títol:The Disappearing Girl
Autors:Heather Topham Wood (Autor)
Informació:CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (2013), 248 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
Valoració:*****
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The Disappearing Girl de Heather Topham Wood

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(This review can be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl at the end of September).


For some reason, this is a book that I really wanted to read. It's like it just spoke out to me. I'm glad I read it because this was such an interesting read!

It's so annoying when a book's blurb tells you what the book's going to be about, but then it turn's out the book is nothing like the blurb. However, The Disappearing Girl's blurb is spot on, so I won't bore you with my own words with what it's about.

The title is what first drew my attention to this book. I think it's intriguing, and it made me want to know why this girl was disappearing.

The cover is alright. For some reason, the girl on the front annoys me. There's just something about her appearance. However, that's just a personal thing. I do like the photo frame of just a brick wall with the title in it though.

I think Ms. Wood did a brilliant job with the world building! I struggled with anorexia when I was 13 years old, so I know what's it like. Ms. Wood seem to get the thought process right and the mannerisms of having this disorder. I remembered thinking those same things that Kayla would think. This book has one of the best built words I've read about in awhile!

I won't lie. I did think there would be times when the pacing would slow down. However, I needn't have worried. This book draws you in and doesn't let you go until the very end. I found myself fully immersed, and not once did my attention waver.

The plot line of a girl with anorexia has been done before, but Heather Topham Wood does an excellent job of creating fantastic sub-plots that support the main plot. As I said before, this is a great read!

Like everything else, the characters were written fantastically! I could totally relate to Kayla and what extreme lengths she'd go to to get to her goal weight. I liked how even though she had this internal struggle going on, she tried her hardest to please everyone. I know that if you end up trying to please everyone, you end up pleasing no one, but I do like how Kayla tried to make everyone happy. Cameron was a sweetie! I admired him for his dedication and loyalty to Kayla. I loved how he kept trying to stick by her side even when she tried pushing him away. I was so angry with Kayla's mother though! I hated how she treated Kayla and her sister Lila. There were times when I felt like screaming at my book to try to reach this literary character! Kayla's mom isn't written horribly, but quite the opposite. In fact, I'd go to say that she's that person you love to hate. I loved Lila! She isn't mentioned a whole lot throughout the story, but I loved reading about how her character grew emotionally. She goes from being a very vulnerable teen to a strong woman.

I thought the dialogue suited this book quite well. The whole anorexia talk doesn't just sound like something the author came up with. Instead, it sounds like the author did her research about this disease. As for bad language, there are some swear words so be warned.

Overall, The Disappearing Girl by Heather Topham Wood is like actually knowing someone with anorexia. This book makes you feel as if the main character is one of your best friends, and you just want her to get better. Everything about this book is perfect, and I can't find even one thing to fault.

I'd recommend this book to those aged 17 (due to adult themes) who want to know the characters on a very emotional, personal level.

(I received a free ebook of this title from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review). ( )
  khal_khaleesi | Nov 17, 2019 |
My very first thought when I started reading this was that the writing sounded very amateurish, like this was somebody’s first attempt at novel writing. Sometimes I'll read a novel and I'm shocked to discover that it's somebody's debut novel because they sound like a veteran, but then I read a book like this and it's obvious that it's a debut novel. The storyline was interesting and eating disorders are hot topics, but the execution needs work.

The story reminds me of the movie Hunger Point (I still haven’t read the book.) It features a controlling mother with two daughters and she makes them feel bad about being overweight. One daughter, Kayla, takes her mother’s harsh words to heart and develops an eating disorder.

It’s narrated by Kayla, a twenty-one year old college student with anorexia and bulimia. When she’s not at college, she lives with her mom, Charlotte and her sixteen year old sister, Lila. When she’s at college, she spends a lot of time with her friends Brittany, Danielle and Jessica and later, her boyfriend Cameron. It's part eating disorder and part NA romance.

This novel lacks character development, especially on an emotional level. There were times when Kayla talked about how much she hated her body and how she felt fat, but it still sounded very emotionally detached.

Sometimes the story sounded very procedural and didn’t have enough to move the story forward. There were a lot of details about her eating disorder, such as tips to help her hide her eating disorder, lose more weight, plus the binging, purging and starvation. It also had a lot of focus on the pro-ana websites she visited and the people she chatted with in the chat rooms.

If you have ever had an eating disorder, don’t read this book. It's the procedural aspect of the novel that makes me want to warn readers. I think it could potentially propel sensitive people back into their unhealthy habits.
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  JennysBookBag.com | Sep 29, 2016 |
Compelling read. This book emotionally documents the unrelenting attack on the heroine's self esteem by a selfish mother. Anorexia and bulimia are the results. The author has depicted the downfall of this girl's self esteem in painfully accurate detail. This book will make you think twice about criticism given to young adults and the pressures of a society where being skinny is equated with beauty. ( )
  Gloria.Herrera | Mar 26, 2014 |
I honestly didn't think I would like this book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. ( )
  oddandbookish | Oct 6, 2013 |
I was lucky enough to receive a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a very powerful book, covering many things young women, as well as young men, go through. The central theme is eating disorders, but it also covers loss of a parent, parental & sibling relationships, self-esteem, and being as true to yourself as possible.

Kayla is a junior at a college not too far from her family home. She shares a quad, and so has three roommates, but Brittany is her best friend. They had been roommates from their freshman year on.

Back home are Kayla's mother, Charlotte, and her younger sister, Lila. Their mother is considered to be stunningly beautiful, but the exterior and interior do not match. And after the death of her husband her relationship with her daughters becomes toxic. Not that it had ever been a warm and fuzzy relationship to begin with. Their father had been the demonstrative & supportive parent, always sticking up for the girls when their mother insulted them. It didn't help that both girls inherited their fathers genes, tending to carry any extra weight around their thighs, hips, and butts. Plus they were short, unlike their tall, willowy mother.

Kayla has always been something of a wallflower, tending to observe more than to participate. While home from school during a break, Kayla's mother really rips into her about her recent weight, which Kayla hadn't even noticed until her mother began a campaign to "fix" her. The really sad thing is that Kayla was between a size 10-12 depending on the day and designer. So when she returns to school she resolves to lose the weight to gain her mother's approval, thus beginning her slide from dieting into full scale anorexia & bulimia.

After Kayla loses some weight, putting her at about a size 8-10, all her friends give her compliments on how good she looks. This makes her question what they thought of her before, further damaging her already fragile psyche. And then she meets Cameron, an absolutely gorgeous guy. And he seems interested in her, but with her growing lack of self-esteem she can't fathom why. But his interest is sincere, and the two begin dating, with the relationship becoming fairly serious rather quickly. Kayla still feels compelled to 'diet' and lose more weight and when called out on it she begins lying to everyone, Cameron included.

The story continues to unfold from here, doing a great job of capturing the angst and depression a person can feel, and how they hide those feelings from the ones that care most for them. This is demonstrated more than once, and not just through Kayla. The story is powerful and raw at times, but luckily for Kayla she has an intense support system that refuses to give up or go away. It takes her hitting rock bottom to get herself to really look at what she has done to herself, and is still doing. Only then does her desperation give her the strength to accept help and try to break free from the disease.

All together this is a strong story, populated with relatable characters struggling to find their way. The emotional highs and lows are captured well, and the pacing of the story is fairly consistent, matching the events as they occur. The depth of feeling between Kayla and Cameron is a bit startling given the relatively brief amount of time they've known each other. There are a few other hiccups, such as the speed of the ending, but still none that interrupt the story or take away from the message. I would definitely recommend this book for anyone, not just teens. Eating disorders can strike people at any age, and it is good to know what to look for.

Side Note: There is mention of Pro Ana websites, which are populated by people with eating disorders. They support the 'anorexic lifestyle' as they see it, share tips on how to hide the disease, and offer each another support. It is a disturbing wake up call and something to watch for if you suspect someone you care about is suffering from an eating disorder. Kayla was lucky as her sister and others were willing to risk their relationship with the her rather than to end up standing at her grave because they were to afraid to say something. As with any self-destructive illness, the person must want to get better, you can not do it for them. ( )
  Isisunit | Jul 30, 2013 |
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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.

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