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The Disappearing Girl [Kindle Edition]

Heather Topham Wood
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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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"If you want a read that will stay with you for weeks or months to come, something that will touch your heart, make you weep, make you feel on an intense level, then stop reading my review and go pick this book up." Book Enthusiast

"All in all, I loved this book. It tackled a tough subject, had a positive message, and characters that cared for Kayla and helped her with a very serious problem." New Adult Addiction

"You're reading this book and your heart is crying out, yet you know you can't do anything and it is devastating. As emotional of a read this is, this was a great one." Lovin Los Libros

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. In 2012, she published the first two novels in her Second Sight series: First Visions and New Revelations. 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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 390 KB
  • Print Length: 249 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1483906779
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CMR7GFQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,271 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive book May 29, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Not since Marley and Me has a book made me cry, but this one kicked the floodgates wide open. Emotionally wrecked after the death of her father and the near constant criticism of her mother, Kayla finds herself binging and purging. Sadly, the only time her mother, and by extension the world around her, seems to cast an approving eye her way is when she is thin, and the fact that she is killing herself to attain their impossible goals goes completely unnoticed by them. Until a wonderful boy takes an interest in her, and then takes a good look at what's really going on behind the facade.

The Disappearing Girl is a well written, captivating, heartfelt story, and the fact that there are Kaylas all around us makes it that much more powerful. Anyone who has ever dismissed anas and mias as just being overly dramatic should be required to read this, if only to glimpse the hell these girls put themselves through in order to be accepted.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense, emotional and gritty.... May 25, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This book blew my mind. I'll be honest: If you want a comfortable cosy read, then this book isn't for you. It's emotionally so intense that you'll feel like someone is playing harp on your nerve endings. It's not flowers and sunshine. But if you want a read that will stay with you for weeks or months to come, something that will touch your heart, make you weep, make you feel on an intense level, then stop reading my review and go pick this book up.

Concentrating on the main character's battle with eating disorders, Heather Topham Wood managed to portray the mental illness of an eating disorder in all its' painful and horrific details but without overwhelming the reader. The story feels very real and I believe it gives an honest and realistic glimpse into the mind-set and feelings of someone suffering from this type of mental disorder, showing us what they are going through. Having never suffered from an eating disorder, I always found it a bit hard to understand how someone could do this damage to their body and not stop. Reading this book I feel I gained more understanding for the disease, how it affects the mind and warps the reality of the person suffering from it. And damn, it ain't pretty. Interesting was, how this story even managed to reveal some of the warped ideas about beauty I had. Ideas that we get fed on a daily basis by the media and our surroundings.

The pain and confusion Kayla was going through didn't leave me untouched. I cried so much through the book, feeling her pain and anguish. But this story wasn't just dark and gloomy. There was so much love she received from her friends, from her sister and from Cameron.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Emotional September 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling story May 16, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great message September 3, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book has a great message to Mothers who belittle their daughters about their weight. Be very careful because something bad can happen when you make your child feel fat. This book has a great message and I would recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This book was very disturbing. This family endured much sadness over time.
Published 6 days ago by candace temple
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 25 days ago by Victoria Elizabeth Vaca
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This book was surprisingly well written. The way it presented/handled eating disorders was done quite well and accurately. I really liked this book.
Published 26 days ago by Andrea
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The subject is very sad. Great story line. Great romance. Lots of tears. Gut wrenching. Emotional rollar coaster but well worth the read.
Published 1 month ago by Cyn
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for every woman
This is a book that I feel most women should read. No matter if you are the most confident person in the world or not you will be able to identify with Kayla. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible
Just an amazing story of courage in the mind of a 21 year old girl. Very relatable and hits home for me.
Published 2 months ago by Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, easy read
The book allowed for the reader to enter the mind of a depressed young adult with anorexia and bulimia. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
Great book and extremely relatable for high school and college age girls! I would definitely recommend this book to young girls!
Published 3 months ago by Molly Poo
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
This book was absolutely beautiful. She did pretty well on what it's actually like to have an eating disorder, and how it's different for everyone. Brilliant job.
Published 4 months ago by Alexis
2.0 out of 5 stars slow and tedeious
Just a lot of cliches in one story. We all read this story before and it is dull and standard
Published 4 months ago by sisi
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More 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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