Review: ‘Elena Vanishing’ by Elena Dunkle and Clare B. Dunkle

I received this book for free from publisher request pitch in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Elena Vanishing’ by Elena Dunkle and Clare B. DunkleElena Vanishing by Elena DunkleClare B. Dunkle
Published by Chronicle Books on May 19th, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Memoir, Young Adult
Pages: 288
Format: ARC
Source: publisher request pitch
Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia. Told entirely from Elena's perspective over a five-year period and co-written with her mother, award-winning author Clare B. Dunkle, Elena's memoir is a fascinating and intimate look at a deadly disease, and a must read for anyone who knows someone suffering from an eating disorder.

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Starting this one, I knew I was going to have trouble getting into the mind-set. Not only is this story real since it’s a memoir, what she goes through is what happened in her life. Her thoughts are real. That made a big difference when I was reading it.


Elena feels like she has lost control over her life, and the one thing she believes she can do is to control what she eats. Everything has to be perfect. Being told she’s beautiful by others is not enough. She is constantly weighing herself, fighting with her mind and her thoughts on a daily basis. The inner voice saying terrible things all the time..I personally wanted to punch it. In the end, I knew she would get help. She would have hope and pull through. I believe this is a necessary look into people who are suffering this eating disorder.


It’s a memoir on her life long battle with food. And that battle almost costs her her life. Told in a beautiful yet haunting voice, Elena Vanishing will have you fighting along side Elena as she battles this disorder. Let her tell you her story, and I promise you, you will feel all the feels.


Pain doesn’t bother me. I’m not afraid. I’m used to living with pain.
Anger is honest. Hatred is a backhanded compliment. Envy is the best gift of all. But let them turn you into a victim, and you’re labeled for life.
She hates you because she’s fat. She hates you because you’re in control. She’d break down that control if she could.
You do everything right and one little thing wrong, and the one thing wrong is all she see.
I’m part of you. I know what you’ve done. You’ll never get rid of me now.
Recovery is a path, not a destination.

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