The Disappearing Girl

The Disappearing Girl

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

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.

Thoughts:

I have had this book on my TBR for what seems like the longest time. I recently came across it and decided that it needed to be read this summer. The Disappearing Girl isn’t an easy read. It’s about anorexia and bulimia. Whilst it was a challenge to read because of its subject matter, it was an incredibly important and well written read.

The Disappearing Girl centres around Kayla. She is grieving after the death of her father who she found after he had a heart attack. Kayla and her sister, Lila were left with her mother. Her mother who was very obsessed with image. She constantly makes comments about the way Kayla and Lila look. Her comments made me cringe at times. She picked and picked away at her children giving them very low self-esteem. It wasn’t hard to hate their mother. She was so terrible to her children! Kayla starts to diet which brings with it a dangerous obsession with food. At the start of the weight loss, things are going well. She’s getting compliments and she’s landed herself a beautiful boyfriend. However, things soon get very serious and spiral out of control.

I thought Heather Topham Wood really explored the eating disorder very well. I felt like I was inside Kayla’s mind. I could understand why she felt the way she did because of her mother’s comments. I could feel that she was frustrated with people interfering with her diet. Yet at the same time, I was torn because I couldn’t believe what she was doing to herself.

This isn’t a long book, but it packs one hell of a punch! It’s brutal in its honesty of what an eating disorder can do to a person. It’s not just the person suffering from the eating disorder that’s affected. It was clear that everyone surrounding Kayla was affected by her behaviour. Even her mother… eventually.

I think this is such an important book to read for teens, adults and parents alike. It makes you think about mental health and just how much comments can hurt others.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

A quick, but brutally honest read about eating disorders!

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This Week In Books #73

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Gone Without a Trace Charlotte Says (Red Eye) The Disappearing Girl

NOW- Gone Without A TraceMary Torjussen– I’m about 50 pages into this book which came highly recommended by my blogging sister, Beth. I’m intrigued, very intrigued so far!

THENCharlotte SaysAlex Bell– Ooh. This was good! I am not a fan of creepy books, but this one was fabulous. I couldn’t help but like it!

NEXTThe Disappearing GirlHeather Topham Wood– I have had this book on my kindle forever, so I’ve decided it’s high time that I got around to it.

What are you reading this week? Feel free to leave a link to a post that you do, or tell me in the comments! Happy reading!

Stacking The Shelves #84: The Birthday Edition!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more! (Opens in same window)

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book Image to get to the Goodread’s page!

This week I celebrated my birthday, so you’ll see quite a few books this week! 😉 First up though.. review copies.

NetGalley

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 Ooh the covers of these two books go together quite nicely! I really liked the sound of these two books, so I decided to request them. I haven’t read a book by Nova Ren Suma yet so I’m very intrigued…

Hot Key Books: 

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The second book in the Vivian Apple series has just been released, but I somehow missed reading Vivian Versus The Apocalypse, so Hot Key Books kindly sent me the first book. I’m also so excited about This Book Is Gay by the wonderful Queen of Teen James Dawson. I’m actually thinking of reading this book very, very soon as I’ve heard so many wonderful things about it.

And now for the birthday gifts I received this week!

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Stolen- Lucy Christopher– I’ve heard so much about this book that I just HAVE to read it!

Infinite SkyC.J Flood– Another book that I’ve heard amazing things about, so what better time to pick up a copy!

AwakenKatie Kacvinsky– This book sounds so intriguing. It’s about living in a world where everything is done by computers. Is it just my thinking or could this totally become possible?!

Anna Dressed In BloodKendare Blake– I’ve been avoiding this book as I thought it might be a bit too scary for me, but I’m assured it’s creepy not too scary?

Throne of GlassSarah J Maas– I do have a copy of this book on my Kindle, but I figured if I’m ever going to get around to it and ignore the hype I needed a physical copy. Then it’ll stare at me until I read it!

The GiverLois Lowry– Is it some sort of blogger crime to admit that I haven’t read this book? I’m very much looking forward to it though. I like to read a book before I watch the movie.

Isla and The Happily Ever AfterStephanie Perkins– Yep, I’m admitting another crime, I haven’t read Lola yet. It’s on my radar to read soon though, so obviously I need Isla in my life!

EnchantedAlethea Kontis– I’m actually surprised that my friend Luna hasn’t pushed this book on me before, but now she knows I have it, perhaps it’ll be a Luna’s Picks choice soon! Whenever I get to read it, I’m excited. It sounds fantastic. I love me a fairy tale!

What I Didn’t SayKeary Taylor–  I saw this book recently on a Hannah’s Top Ten list about books including mental illnesses/disabilities etc and immediately added it to my wishlist!

The Disappearing GirlHeather Topham Wood- This was another recommendation from Hannah’s list!

Ugly LoveColleen Hoover– I still need to read Maybe Someday, but I was happy to have this for my birthday!

Evertrue- Brodi Ashton– My sister was a sneaky one and heard me saying how much I wanted this final book in the Everneath trilogy after I finished Everbound during her recent visit. She ordered it to arrive on my birthday to add to her lovely gift of A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and some beautiful pamper stuff!

What have you added to your shelves this week? Please feel free to link me to your hauls. Also, if there’s anything in my haul that you think I should read ASAP let me know!