Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Disappearing Girl

 New Adult Contemporary-Ages 17+ due to language and sexual situations

The Disappearing Girl
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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 part of a blog tour I received a copy for my honest review****
This is the second book I have read by this author and I must say I am impressed. Her style of writing just makes the words flow write off the page and before you know it you are fully immersed in a different place, different characters with different problems.
This book is one of a very serious nature and although in the end it is very hopeful the rest of the book is the downward spiral of one girl into a world of bulimia, anorexia and all in all denial.
Kayla is devastated after the death of her father and unfortunately left with a mother who s very obsessed with looks and dishing out insults wrapped in the guise of motherly love and wisdom. She starts a dangerous obsession with losing weight and making her life better.
At first things seem to be going well and people tell her how great she looks, she gets a boyfriend Cameron and life is good.
But very quickly things spiral out of control and those who were happy for her seem to start judging her. She lives under constant stress and anxiety as food seems to be apart of every decision in her life. She is very quickly disappearing. Will she be able to see the truth before she fades away forever?
I don't know if I can actually say I enjoyed this. It deals with very real and important issues and I applaud the author for writing it from the POV of Kayla as it is happening. Somehow it just made it all make more sense. I could feel her frustration at other people and not understand why they couldn't just let her be. Even though I was sitting there in horror at the things she was doing to herself and her own justification.

I felt for the characters around Kayla as they slowly had to watch her disappearing before there eyes, bodily and personality wise. Especially Cameron, what an incredible guy. Just the type of guy you would wish for your daughter.
This book was stark and brutal with its honesty of what this terrible disease can do to your body. I pray others pick it up, because even though it wasn't the most relaxing book I have ever read, it was definitely moving.
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