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Purge by [Littman, Sarah Darer]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 824 KB
  • Print Length: 244 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reprint edition (30 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #162,094 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
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.
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This book was very readable, but as someone who has been battling eating disorders for over 10yrs I felt it was a little too simple in the way the main character 'found' her way to recovery. At least it wasn't the typical 'she made her herself sick once & felt so out of control so went into hospital to come out 100% cured' storyline, but was only marginally better.
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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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This was such an amazing book! And in so many more ways than you would think from the blurb! I just loved it!

This is in no way a heavy book. As much as I was looking forward to reading Purge, I did assume it was going to be a pretty hard book to read emotionally. Although it's no picnic, it's not as hard as I thought it would be. It's actually pretty light and humourous in places, and I found myself hooked from the first line!

What I love is about this story is that it starts with Janie getting help. She's already int he psychiatric hospital, and although she doesn't think she has a problem, and would rather be anywhere but there, she is, and the people there are there to help. I think this is great firstly because from the start you know there's a way out for Janie if she chooses to take it, and secondly, because it shows you exactly what's involved in recovery for bulimia.

We do find out about Janie's story, about why she has bulimia and how she ended up at Golden Slopes, but Darer Littman trickles bits and pieces of her backstory throughout the book, so you're eagerly reading to find out what happened, but also engaged enough with Janie's here and now; with how she is dealing with her recovery, whether she'll make it or fall off the wagon.
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Despite being an older reader (I'm 25) I had hopes of this book being a realistic and solid read for others of the age this book is inteded for- I'm going for young adult to late teens.

Unfortunatly what started off as a bitter sweet compelling book turned into a hastely finished and unrealistic vision of recovery from Bulimia.

I have suffered from Bulima for 15 years and have been in recovery now for four months. Bulimia is as serious an illness as Anorexia, it takes time to recover from and the root causes of the illness can be as deeply buried as diamonds in the earth. If you read this book, you will think that after attempting suicide- as the charector does- and being admitted into and young adult psychiatric eating disorder facility, you will be released a few weeks later after having a miracle breakthrough and suddenly be able to cope with everything.

This is in probobly 99% of cases not the truth. This would NEVER happen, the risk to the paitent would be far too great. Going into respidential treatment is not something you can just do for a few weeks over the summer like some sort of camp.

This book gives a summing up sort of ending which doesnt answer questions such as how the relationship between Janie's mother and herself has contributed to her illness, how the family relationships are clearly very difficult and how Janie will require long term support to deal with many issues.

The fictitious hospital used in the book is deeply flawed- allowing paitents to insult and assult each other, which staff condone- something which no facility would allow.
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