What I Lost (Hardcover)

By Alexandra Ballard

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr), 9780374304638, 400pp.

Publication Date: June 6, 2017



What I Lost by Alexandra Ballard is about Sixteen-year-old Elizabeth who has honed a dangerous skill: starving herself. Even when her parents send her to a treatment center for her eating disorder, she can't stop. Then she begins receiving packages from someone she doesn't know. Is it a secret admirer, or someone playing a cruel trick? In the end, Elizabeth determines the identity of the gift-giver it's someone totally unexpected, whose intentions are good. And, even more important, she finds a way to play an active role in her recovery.

About the Author

Alexandra Ballard has worked as a magazine editor, middle-school English teacher, freelance writer, and cake maker. She holds master's from both Columbia (journalism) and Fordham (education) and spent ten years in the classroom, beginning in the Bronx and ending up in the hills of Berkeley, California, with her husband and two daughters. What I Lost is Alexandra Ballard's debut novel.