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The Disappearing Girl

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  810 ratings  ·  132 reviews
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
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 7th 2013
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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
Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
Source: eARC for Honest Review from Author

I signed up for this book as the topic of eating disorders is close to my heart.

Kayla suffers a big loss than has to deal with a terrible mother who says the most hatred things to her daughters. Over time these things start to build up and she snaps and becomes obsessed with becoming thinner, because she thinks that if she is thinner than she and everyone else will be happy.

At the beginning of her downfall she meets Cameron who instantly is drawn to her
Jun 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To the girls who’ve never felt beautiful

I don’t have the words to describe ‘’The Disappearing Girl’’. It must be the most REAL book I have ever read and I don’t think I’ll have the luck to read another one like it again. This won’t be a normal review because I want to point out the most important things I liked about this book.

This book deals with real problems: anorexia and bulimia. Because of her mother, Kayla decided to lose weight. She became obsessed with her appearance and she ended up
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
****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
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
This was an okay read, but I'm glad it wasn't too long.

I did feel sorry for Kayla at points, as what she was going through was tough, and her mother pressured her way too much to be thin.

This wasn't a bad read, but I did feel bored quite often while reading this. It just couldn't hold my interest all that well unforunately.
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing

My friend recommended me this book and I was really apprehensive to read when I read the blurs but I had a hope in me that it would be a good book and I started reading it.

First I hated Kayla's mom. She was a downright bitch and you would despise her. Because of her Kayla became what she is.

Kayla was really a strong person but the confidence she had was destroyed by her mom. I had a feeling that her dad was her half confidence too and when he died she lost
Misty Baker
May 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
**A 3.8 Review**

One of my favorite quotes of all time comes from a Markus Zusak book titled “I Am The Messenger.” It says:

“Sometimes people are beautiful. Not in looks. Not in what they say. Just in what they are.”

Confession time? I hate fashion magazines.

While I love shoes, and can appreciate the artistic aspect of some of the photos found inside, I think they endorse a horrible message. That you can’t be beautiful unless you are rail then and can distort your body in unnatural ways. See I was
Laura Wells
Aug 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do yourself a favour when you read this book -make sure you have a whole day with nothing else to do!

The mistake I made was in thinking I could carry on with normal life while reading this story. I met friends for coffee, went shopping and out for lunch, all the while completely distracted by what Kayla was going through. This book consumed my every thought.

Cam -what a hero. He was so sweet and affectionate, and SO patient. He was exactly what Kayla needed, even when she didn't know it.

Hannah (Broc's Bookcase)
Sep 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
“I wish I could give Cameron what he wanted and block every ugly word our of my mom's mouth. But twenty-one years of being told I was fat and ugly was hard to erase.”

This is the kind of book I feel should come with a warning. Something along the lines of:
WARNING: this book will take you on an emotional rollercoaster and leave you completely emotionally unstable. Please make sure you have tissues, chocolate and a responsible adult to help you through the hours/days/weeks after you have finish
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
The Disappearing Girl is a serious read for all girls! I have to give Heather a huge KUDOS for writing about a serious issue that has all girls and guys doing some crazy things. This book really hit home because I lost a dear friend to Anorexia. Her mother and father were perfect in every way and she always had this idea that she could not disappoint her father or mother but more so her father because he was a high powered attorney and they always had people over the house hosting one party or ...more
Jenny Baker
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
Aug 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Noemi Betancourt
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
College junior Kayla Marlowe has her share of personal demons. Since her father’s sudden death two years earlier she’s been fighting guilt over leaving her sister with her crazed mother, a former pageant princess obsessed with appearance, while she goes off to college. Everything comes to a head when criticism of her weight over Christmas vacation sets Kayla on a downward spiral with anorexia and bulimia. Even when she meets the delicious Cameron who falls head over heels for her, she can’t get ...more
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is seldom that a book draws me in on such a level that I become emotional. What an apt title! I literally felt as if I too was somehow disappearing along with the main character. Heather Topham Wood writes this novel from a knowledgeable position; she has done her research to such an extent that the reader is involuntarily drawn into the dark world of depression, anorexia and bulimia. It is poignantly and well written. The causes as well as the struggle that the family of a sufferer goes ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Cami Go
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I loved this, and when i say love, i mean LOVE.
it as amazing and realistic. I loved kayla. I understood her, I could connect with her and not because of the ED itself, but because of who he was, all her baggage, all those feelings thay overflowed her and sunk her.
I also loved her friends and her sister. Her friends didn't know how to be around her, so they were tiptoeing. On opposite to Lily, Kayla's sister, who took the bull by its horns and tried to help her sister no matter what.
Jul 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: new-adult, reviewed
Emotionally, this was an incredibly difficult book to read. There were times while reading I could feel my facial expressions contort in horror and feel my stomach harden into knots. My heart absolutely ached for Kayla, our protagonist. I will forewarn you: this book is not a light and fluffy read. It deals with a very real issue and I believe Heather did an amazing job of shedding light on how truly devastating this issue can be. It is heartbreaking to watch Kayla suffer this way and the fact ...more
Jul 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult
The Disappearing Girl by Heather Topham Wood
Source: ARC/Author for a fair and honest review
Rating: 5/5 stars

From time to time, every book reviewer struggles with a review and this is my time and my book. The Disappearing Girl by Heather Topham Wood is an extremely well-written book that deals with the very sensitive and timely topic of eating disorders. At its core, The Disappearing Girl a fictionalized account of one girl’s spiral into self-destruction.

Kayla and her younger sister Lila have
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
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The Disappearing Girl deals with the sensitive subject of eating disorders. It follows Kayla Marlowe down a winding path as she searches for love and acceptance, primarily from her mother, following her father’s death. Her journey takes her through various stages of an all consuming eating disorder where she
Apr 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
(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
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
"I craved oblivion; the chance to disappear and not have to deal with the anxiety that food and my weight caused me each day. I wanted to fall asleep and wake up in a new body I could be content with."

This book hooked me in with its synopsis. It sounded like it was going to be intense and different from what I had been reading recently. But I never thought that it would affect me as much as it did.

"Nothing else mattered in my quest to be skinny."

Kayla Marlowe is a 21 year old college student
Jun 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My rating: 4.5/5 stars
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May contain some spoilers
Kayla lost her father, leaving her and her little sister alone with their mother. And all their mother does is criticize them constantly, mostly about their weight. Since she's an ex-pageant princess, appearances is everything to her. Kayla also feels guilty, since she's left for college and her little sister is stuck with their mother.
Kayla was also the one to find their father when he died, and hasn't really deal with
Chelsea (OwlAlwaysBeReading)
Kayla Marlowe lived a happy, blissful teenage life. Her mom was always harsh on her and her sister about their appearance, but her dad was always there to recognize her beauty. When her mom fed them salads, dad would take them out for ice cream. He was always the support to Kayla and her sister, until he passed away.

"I never realized how much of a buffer he was until he was gone."

After her father passed, her mother became harder and harder to ignore. One night, while home from college on
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars! This book was super tragic, but also super empowering. Kayla really struggles with her need to be/feel perfect. Her mother has always been harsh on her about her appearance and things got particularly out of control after the death of Kayla's father. In an effort to control her life when it feels like it is spiraling out of control, Kayla becomes obsessed with what she is eating. Even when she becomes involved with her super supportive, kind, and loving boyfriend Cameron, she fears ...more
*A copy was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

After reading the synopsis, I was intrigued. I'm a sucker for stories about broken characters and flawed human beings. It makes them much more believable and real, someone that a reader can connect with and understand.

This book takes a real approach to eating disorders, centering around the main character, Kayla, and her strive for perfection. After losing her father a few years ago and being faced with an overbearing and
Jennifer  Ricketts (Donnie Darko Girl)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for my stop on the blog tour at Donnie Darko Girl.

Have you ever felt the pressure to be thin? To lose so much weight you can see your bones sticking out? The author dedicates this book "to the girls who've never felt beautiful." I'm one of those girls. I haven't ever had an eating disorder, but I've definitely felt the pressure to look a certain way. And that pressure is everywhere, in magazines, TV, movies, music can
Oana D. H.
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If there are girls in this world who think they are not beautiful or who let other make them believe that ,they are wrong.This is one lesson you can learn from this book.
Honestly,i'm not sure how to start this review.This book subject are :bulimia,anorexia and depression.

After Kayla's father died everything changed.Being criticized by her mother every time because of her weight,Kayla decided to do something about that.A strict diet,but it wasn't just a diet,it was something worse.Slowly she
Kayla De Leon
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A free digital copy of this book was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

I experienced a lot of emotions while reading The Disappearing Girl. I won’t go into explicit details but I had the same experiences as the protagonist, Kayla, did. It was as if the book was alive and was speaking directly to me, flinging words with abandon and leaving me breathless. A small part of this was due to the fact that I have the same name as the main character. A larger part was because,
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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 loves creating imaginary worlds where people behave exactly how she wants them to.

Heather graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2005 and holds a bachelor's degree in