by Sarah Darer Littman
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Purge by Sarah Darer Littman

From acclaimed author Sarah Darer Littman, a striking story about a girl's recovery from bulimia in the tradition of CUT, PERFECT, and GIRL INTERRUPTED.

Janie Ryman hates throwing up. So why does she binge eat and then stick her fingers down her throat several times a day? That’s what the doctors and psychiatrists at Golden Slopes hope to help her discover. But first Janie must survive everyday conflicts between the Barfers and the Starvers, attempts by the head psychiatrist to fish painful memories out of her emotional waters, and shifting friendships and alliances among the kids in the ward.

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ISBN-13: 9780545052351
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 04/01/2009
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 950L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Sarah Darer Littman's widely praised first novel for teens, CONFESSIONS OF A CLOSET CATHOLIC, won the 2006 Sydney Taylor Book Award. She is also the author of the YA novel PURGE. She lives in Connecticut with her family and a house which never seems to have enough bookshelves.

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Purge 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ReviewYourBook.com More than 1 year ago
Written by: Sarah Darer Littman
Published by: Scholastic
Reviewed by: Stephanie Rollins for ReviewYourBook.com 12/2008
¿Insight to Bulimia and Anorexia¿ 4 stars
This story reads like a novel, but it gives the reader insight to bulimia and anorexia. If you have wondered why people have eating disorders and what goes through their minds, this book is for you.
If eating disorders are of no interest to you, you will not find this book worth reading. The entire book is from the viewpoint of a girl who binges and purges. She ends up in a facility where there is much understanding among the patients, but there is little understanding amongst the parents and staff.
This is well written and insightful. Littman writes in a descriptive manner, allowing you to roam the halls of the facility with the patients. If you know someone with an eating disorder, you must read this.
mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
Janie has a problem. She's unwilling to admit that her eating disorder has control over her. But now she's forced to think about it all day, because after the disaster at her sister's wedding, her parents have placed her in an instituation. Here she's forced to eat, must wait 30 minutes in the day room after eating, have group therapy sessions, and have someone eavesdrop on her bathroom visits. All and all, Janie hates in here, but there's no where to go unless she stops running and faces her problems head on. What made her purge in the first place and how did she quickly spin so out of control?

A heart wrenching yet funny tale ("It was like they went from being my Band of Barfers, my Sisterhood of Sneaky Eaters, to my Judge and freaking Jury in three minutes flat.") Littman tackles such a huge issue with humor, honesty, and lets the raw ain of her characters shine through. It's really a book everyone should be reading and chatting about. It's that good.

~ Yabooknerd @ http://www.yabooknerd.blogspot.com/
Kristi-Reads More than 1 year ago
I got this book as part of a Thrift Books haul. I'll be the first to tell you I'm a sucker for eating disorder books and started reading this with the intention of rating a five. But between the lack of character development and laughable depiction of treatment centers (I've been in a few), I just wasn't that into it. I don't see this book changing or even trying to change anyone's life--if anything, this is the kind of triggering fodder 'pro-anas' live for. Cannot recommend.
Mad_Alice More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book. It was very interesting and a I loved learning the life of Janie. I'm glad the way it turned out in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Purge is a beautiful writtwn novel about anorexia and bulimia. I defintately reccomend this book. I am bulimic, and this book was a little triggering though.
wordforteens More than 1 year ago
Littman's Purge is a surprisingly fast read for a book that handles a heavy emotional impact; this is partly because Janie's voice is so very distinct, and partly because it is, in fact, a rather small book. That's not a bad thing - in the small span of time, it manages to present the bulimia and anorexia as the diseases that they are and how exactly they manage to worm their way into people's lives. In terms of the actual presentation of eating disorders, Purge is fantastic. As for the actual progression of healing - well, coming from a friend who suffered from anorexia, I'd say that Janie goes through the healing process really quickly, especially compared to everybody else in the novel. But I think that's part of the point: that you can be strong and you can overcome even when nobody else around you can or when it seems like life sucks and nobody's paying attention. So for that reason, I liked Purge. It gives a good example of the disease and it has a fairly inspirational message. And I also like it because of Janie's voice - despite all her flaws, she's a fun character. She's got her own quirky sense of humor and ends up dropping a lot of lines that are extremely quotable. Besides, I have to like Purge. It has my favorite final line of any book I've ever read.
Linute22 More than 1 year ago
Purge is a story about a high school teenager who faces everyday with an eating disorder. Janie the main character, and is put in Camp Golden Slopes to help her with her recovery. She is giving a journal where she chooses to write about anything that she wants. For the first half of the book, Janie explains and complains about being at Camp Golden Slopes and how she believes it is not helping her. Due to her eating disorder, she is called one of the barfers, a bulimic. Janie purging is more of an escape from her body image and a feel of lightness after. She likes the feel of emptiness that it brings after. After one therapy session that she has, she begins to question herself and her identity. Janie starts to open up, and writhing about how she really ended up at Camp Golden Slopes. She explains how her parents compare her to her step sister Jenny, and how the boy she liked for a long time asked her out and how she gave her virginity to him. Janie talks about many factors why she believes that bulimia was on impact in her life and how she, later in the book, believes with the help from Dr. Pardy, she can get out of the place healthy and less self-conscious. Janie explains some the very dramatic events that lead to her coming to Camp Golden Slopes, how she ruined her step sisters "perfect' wedding, and how she felt like she didn't belong in the world and took a bunch of her mom's Xanax pills and how she woke up in a hospital. She conjures her fears of telling everything to her parents making sue that they also understand her feelings towards her life and her bulimia. Sarah Littman has put a very good detailed book about a lot of what young girls are going through and how dangerous eating disorders may be. She uses real life experiences to make the story seem even more realistic then it actually is. This book really can show the dangerous aspects of bulimia, as well as anorexia. I would recommend this book to girls who are going to a phase of questions about their body image and what are the wrong choices in their way of eating.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Janie believed it was under control. What began as just a little something to relieve that "full" feeling after a big meal at a Chinese restaurant became the focus of her life. Janie can admit now that she is bulimic. What she can't understand and admit is why she has let this disorder consume her. Perhaps her family is to blame. Her father dotes on her "perfect" older sister. That older sister only pays attention to her own "perfect" wedding plans. Janie's mother not only has a career to attend to, but also that "perfect" wedding to orchestrate. The boy of her dreams finally asks her out, but after only a few short dates expects her to sacrifice her virginity. Afterward, she doesn't feel loved, she just feels like a slut. Embarrassment keeps her from confiding in her real friends, which causes hard feelings and separation. Now after total humiliation at her sister's wedding, Janie finds herself at Golden Slopes, a treatment facility for eating disorders. She is now one of the Barfers waiting in frustration for the Starvers to straggle in for every scheduled meal. In between therapy sessions, she shares her thoughts in a journal. More than anything she wants to go home, but first she must confront her situation and come to terms with the root cause of her constant desire to purge. Author Sarah Darer Littman brings a fresh voice to this growing problem among teens today. Her story proves how wide-spread the problem of eating disorders has become. Among her cast of characters, readers will hear from males as well as females, the well-to-do as well as the disadvantaged, and even someone well beyond her teen years who has fallen victim to the disease. Littman highlights the seriousness and the life-threatening effects of eating disorders, but at the same time, through humor and the results of positive treatment, provides hope and encouragement. PURGE is one you won't want to miss.