Monday, September 23, 2013

Review of "The Disappearing Girl" by Heather Topham Wood (by Sparkles)

 The Disappearing Girl
 By Heather Topham Wood





 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.

My Review:

5 Star Rating!!

 * I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review *

The Disappearing Girl should be required reading for all teenage girls.

This book is about a young woman and her constant struggles with self acceptance. After the loss of her father, Kayla's life seems to spiral out of control. Things that used to bring her enjoyment no longer do. Her already hard to please mother becomes a downright tyrant. And her self image plummets. In order to cope with all of the changes, Kayla develops some seriously unhealthy and dangerous habits. In the midst of her self destruction, Kayla meets Cameron. Cameron is pure literary perfection. He is everything that a girl could ask for in a boyfriend and everything that a mother could ask for for her daughter...and more. Despite Kayla's many attempts to push him away, Cameron sticks by her along with her younger sister Lila and her best friend Britney while slowly but surely Kayla comes to grips with the fact that she has a problem.

The Disappearing Girl was such a powerful hard to read kind of book. I spent the majority of the book not knowing how to feel about it. It wasn't until I was more than halfway through that I realized that I had been reading it for hours and I was hooked. I especially liked the ending. After witnessing Kayla struggle so much, to see the fun healthy banter between her and Cameron was such a joy to read. I cheered for each of her victories.

My favorite quote from this book is "This disease is ugly. Kind of ironic, I guess, since we're doing it to be pretty."

The Disappearing Girl will definitely pull at your heart strings but it's a very intimate look into a subject that a lot of us know very little about. READ THIS BOOK and then, if you have teenagers, pass it on to them!

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