30 Mar Written in first person, including journal entries, Littman’s chronicle of Purge. Sarah Darer Littman, Author Scholastic Press $ (p). : Purge (): Sarah Darer Littman: Books. Janie Ryman is at Golden Slopes because she’s bulimic. She must survive attempts by psychiatrists to figure her out, and shifting friendships on the ward.

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She lives in Connecticut with her family, in a house that never seems to have enough bookshelves, and loves dulce de leche.

Why do you think she finds it so hard? A lot or a little? This book should be considered for some definite awards, particularly amongst, but not limited to the medical community. Janie drinks five glasses of champagne at a wedding.

Wintergirls was difficult to read, and I don’t think I was ready to tackle something like that again so soon. Despite the fact that this novel only concentrates on bulimia and anorexia, the Barfers and the Starvers, the author creates different scenarios of each case which I found to be quite enjoyable. Body Awareness Book type: East Dane Yb Men’s Fashion. No trivia or quizzes yet. Littman did bu try to sugar coat the harsher realities of having an eating disorder; instead she used Janie’s dry humor and sarcasm as a way of making things a littmam lighter yet still allowing me to realize the darker truth beneath the joke, providing no false illusions.

How does this change her relationship with Jess? Looking at the picture made me sad. 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 shifts in friendships and alliances among the kids in the ward.

I spent way too much of my life hating my body, and even though I’m about 30 pounds heavier than I was when I was a teenager, I like myself much better than when I had a “better” figure. Being in a mental health hospital against your own will can turn you into a bitch, yes, but the way she looked down at the anorexics for being too late for the meals or freaking out about calories really bothered me.


I really really enjoyed this book You can definitely feel the emotion that Sarah wanted to create, whether it’s sadness, joy, anger, or the urge to purge! Janie shares group therapy with a motley crew of others with eating disorders, mostly teens sarab including two littkan, one litman whom is gay, purgw other a superficial jock.

What goes through the mind of a teenage girl suffering from bulimia, an eating disorder? Even though Janie hated throwing up, she binge ate and sarwh stuck her fingers down her throat several times a day. It made me realize what some people actually go through and what it is like having an eating disorder.

I like how the author showed both genders and that both genders struggle with eating disorders. It might just help them get the courage to face their problem and change their life for the better.

Now I have quite the first hand degree in what exactly goes on inside an eating disorder ward since I was hospitalized for anorexia for exactly two months which Janie correctly describes as “a day here will make anyone go insane” or something like that. As a middle school English teacher, I always try to think about the potential audience for books that I read, and this definitely isn’t one for the younger middle school crowd.

That’s how something I though I controlled ended up controlling me. She gets told she’s pretty, but not whether she’s fat or skinny. What challenges does her family face?

I wasn’t crazy about the subject matter to begin with as I don’t have nor know anybody with an eating disorder, so there was no appeal of reading about a girl who throws up. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Tweeters follow Sarah SarahDarerLitt. Like even standing up in there is a crime. It’s not that we let it dominate our existence, but as an eight-year old riding the Tube to school, I was always vigilant and aware.

If so, what age were you when you first became aware of it? There is so much pressure, mostly on females, from both families and society as a whole to be thin. Dani misses her old friends, her life, Before.


PURGE’s irreverent narrator and honest portrayal of bulimia will engage readers who share Janie’s family difficulties and negative body attitude.

Which she then throws out the window when she’s done. At least it was to me, and with all the other negatives of this writing, this toasted it. Meet Ernie the dog and his trusty sidekick Montgomery the mouse in the first of a fun new series of comic adventure stories for young readers!


I read “Purge” by Sarah Darer Littman and found it to be surprisingly about overcoming obstacles whether it’s physically, mentally, or emotionally. Some were very 3-dimensional and others two, as to be expected since they were side characters.

The book is fine for those suffering or recovering from eating disorders. Bh someone with an eating disorder she could and should have been more aware and sensitive to the whole topic.

Purge by Sarah Darer Littman

April 1, Number of pages: However, I did like safah this book showed what people with eating disorders go through every day.

She had a lot going on in her life and she kept it all to herself. How did you bring it to life? Sponsored products related to this item. The scenarios and feelings the characters have in this book are relatable to both boys and girls.

Janie was put into sarxh golden slopes to recover from her illness.

This just made Janie litman upset with her life. Your purchase helps us remain independent and ad-free. How does Dani try to maintain her relationship with Beto? Secondary characters aren’t well developed; they seem designed to help show but not resolve the variety of reasons young people end up with eating disorders, including incest and weight-obessed parents.

Janie doesn’t think she has an eating problem, but after disgracing herself at her sister’s wedding she finds herself at Golden Slopes, a mental institution for teenage ‘barfers and starvers’.