Amanda Clay
On the surface Emily Porter, aka Echo, has it all: plenty of money, a close-knit group of friends, permissive parents, a job in fashion. But what she really wants is less. Much less. Less food, less flesh, less fat, less of the body she sees as her captor and her cage. A chance to model in an upcoming Gothic fashion show is the perfect deadline, and Echo takes this opportunity as a challenge to achieve less -- a chance to reduce herself to nothing. At first the transformation is effortless. Echo loses weight, meets a new boy, hosts the social event of the holiday season. But soon there are problems: weakness, temptation, blackouts, freak-outs, trouble with family and friends. What begins as diet and exercise soon turns into blood, pain, obsession, and as Echo's mind and body begin to change so does her view of herself. She cannot see the woman in the mirror, nor the danger she is facing. Can she stop herself, see herself, before it's too late?

Book Details


  • Fiction
  • For Reluctant Readers

Age Level: 

  • Mature Young Adult
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Imagine this; You have it all, good friends, food, a big house, but instead you want less. Much less. This is exactly what Echo wants, what she desires. She wants less fat, less flesh, all she wants  to be is perfect, and her sense of perfect is looking like a skeleton. To get that, she must never eat and she must puke when she is forced to eat. Her friends are worried, her dad is worried, even her mother is actually feeling afraid for Echo. But to Echo, she's doing all this for a good cause. For a gothic fashion show that is coming up, Echo is ready to reduce herself.

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