Title: Elena Vanishing
Author: Elena and Claire B. Dunkle
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Pub Date: 05/19/15
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: Overall, I liked this book. The beginning was a little confusing, the setting wasn't explained very well in the beginning but eventually it made sense. The character descriptions were good throughout the book. Elena Vanishing is about a girl who has an eating disorder-it was a very heavy topic and it was hard to read at some points. Not only was it hard to read, but the fact that this story is true made it even harder. This book made me look at eating disorders in a new way, and I've never read a book like this. I don't think most people know the risks and consequences of eating disorders and this book explained that and was a look into the mind of someone with an eating disorder. Throughout the book, Elena had a voice in her head telling her that she was fat and very negative things about her. This was interesting for me to read and understand more about eating disorders.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book is very memorable because it was unique, and also because it was true and all of the bad things that happened to her actually happened. It made me think a lot about how it can be very hard to overcome obstacles in life, but it is possible to get through it.
Cover: I like the cover design and it reflected the contents well because it was a spoon and the book is about eating disorders.
Age Range: 16 through 18 and up
Quality: 4Q Better than most
Popularity: 4P Broad general teen appeal
tags: memoir / anorexia / ya lit