Elena, a seventeen-year-old, is dissipating. Every day implies a fresh commitment, which results in fewer calories. This is the tale of a young woman who fights anorexia on both ends of a lose-lose conflict, turning her armor over worry into cannon against herself. Elena’s book, co-written with her mother, the bestselling novelist Clare B. Dunkle, is a fascinating and personal look at a terrible condition and an essential read for anybody who knows someone who has an eating disorder. It is fully recounted from Elena’s point of view over the course of five years.