Purge by Sarah Darer Littman

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This striking novel from acclaimed author Sarah Darer Littman is now available in paperback!

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.

About Sarah Darer Littman

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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.
Published July 30, 2013 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 244 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Janie shares group therapy with a motley crew of others with eating disorders, mostly teens and including two boys, one of whom is gay, the other a superficial jock.

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Written in first person, including journal entries, Littman's chronicle of teen bulimia unfolds as 16-year-old Janie describes her stay in a rehabilitation center for eating disorders.

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In one counseling session, Janie learns to deal with stress and anger by writing, exercising, and talking, rather than purging (though, to be fair, the doctor does note that Janie will need ongoing therapy).

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