Start your review of Purge Write a review Shelves: books-i-own , signed-books This one has been sitting on my shelf for a long time. I have to be in a mood for books that drain me emotionally like that. But Purge was a lot different than Wintergirls. This one has been sitting on my shelf for a long time. That is what I want to write!

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Product Description 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? 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.

And as books in this category go, this one has a lot going for it -- there are some compelling characters, the book goes well beyond the obvious cliches, and the hospital staff and treatment process are portrayed more realistically than in most books.

All that said, there were two things about this book that I really disliked: 1 A large chunk of the "plot" is just Janie the main character not telling the reader things that she knows. A little superficial. I guess this book is geared more towards young girls, and not really a place to find help and answers. There are a lot of fictional stories on anorexia and bulimia on the market I would recommend over this one.

A powerful novel teens will love By Ya Librarian on Dec 13, Purge is the story of Janie Ryman, a 16 year old girl who suffers from bulimia. The story is told in first person and flashes back to incidents that happened before she entered Golden Slopes. The novel does not try to sugarcoat anything. It paints a realistic and painful story of young people who have eating disorders. The one thing I enjoyed was that the book had male and female characters who suffered from anorexia or bulimia.

I thought this was a nice touch because as we all know it is not a female problem. There has been some mention of the sex scene with the main character and her boyfriend. The aftermath of the sexual encounter I thought was prefect, so true, and very sad. I know many young women and older women who can relate to the situation. At the end of the book there are websites, treatment centers, and also books that can help teens if they have an eating disorder.

I agree with some of the other reviewers that some things were touched on too many times. Yet with that said I think this is a powerful novel that teens will really enjoy, and unfortunately can relate to. But, once I got past the first ten pages or so, I was drawn in. The interactions between characters, especially at meal times, were eye-opening. It was good but not remarkable. I felt there was so much potential in the story and wish it had been a little longer, with more character development.

By Carol Roberts on Mar 05, I received this book yesterday and have already completed it. It is a fast, absorbing, easy read. It was thoroughly enjoyable despite the heavy subject matter. I would recommend it especially to women with teenage daughters. The story is told from the perspective of a teenage girl who has recently been admitted to a clinic to treat her bulimia. The story unfolds through her narration and her journal entries that she must keep for the program.

As the book unfolds it becomes obvious that the people in the clinic have more problems that just their eating disorders, and that these problems are at the root of all else that is bothering them. Although I have never known anyone personally who has been enrolled in an eating disorders clinic I felt the story and the description of the clinic rang true.

The characters are interesting and the story is well told. Purge By Kristi D. I have to be in a mood for books that drain me emotionally like that. But Purge was a lot different than Wintergirls. Not saying that it was "enjoyable" to read about girls struggling with their body weight, but I enjoyed Janie as a character and I reading her story.

Despite the topic of this novel, it had an uplifting message. And, while it is that type of book, giving information on a sensitive topic and allowing us to see into the life of one bulimic in particular, it is also well written. She always feels as though her father and mother are comparing her. Whenever she eats, she feels full, as if she can feel the food she has eaten attaching itself to her body, making it fat.

At first she begins purging only after she binges, but eventually purging becomes a way of life. Janie begins to journal about things while she is in treatment at Golden Slopes, a facility that helps people with eating disordesr. The journalling lets readers get a glimpse of why Janie behaves the way she does and her interactions with others affected by eating disorders shed more light on this problem.

I enjoyed the perspectives that the various characters in treatment provided to readers. Each person had their own reason for binging and purging, or starving themselves.

The examples they gave showing unhealthy attitudes about food, eating and body image seem consistent with what I have noticed myself. One suggestion for Janie and her friends in treatment consisted of something called "mindful eating. A lot of this is common sense, but the advice is good for everyone, not just people affected with an eating disorder. Littman includes a variety of sources for seeking additional information on this topic. This book covers a very important problem and dealt with it in a sensitive and thought provoking way.

As heartbreaking as it is, Littman really gets to the reasons behind eating disorders, which mostly stem from lack of self confidence and negative influence from close family members or friends.

The revelation of this event is just so extremely sad that I cried. Thankfully, the ending is a happy one, or at least as happy as it could be under the circumstances, and reminds the reader that even if certain struggles, namely bulimia, never completely go away and need to be worked at, there will always be the people who love you to make sure you make it through.

I found it very inspiring that Littman drew strength from her own personal struggles with eating disorders to write Purge. Well done and engaging read about eating disorders. By Karissa Eckert on Oct 11, This was a well done book about eating disorders. The story was engaging and easy to read.

It was heartwarming and thought-provoking. Janie Different than I thought By Jessica Brake on Apr 03, But in a good way. This book was definitely surprising. It was funny, serious, sad and I felt like it tackled the subject truthfully and respectfully. The main character of Janie felt very true and real. Whether someone has suffered from an e. I would definitely recommend this book to people who enjoy a good life-story that ends on a positive note. Above average By Pink Amy on Dec 05, 3.

PURGE gives a fairly realistic account of the underlying issues one teen faces, and through the other patients on the ward, readers get a glimpse of how eating disorders manifest differently and similarly in people with different underlying issues. Her voice conveyed a sense of humor, without being a funny novel.

She was likable and easy to root for. Though more telling than I normally see in a well written book, Sara Littman pulls the format out. My biggest criticism of the story is the speed Janie developed insight and recovered enough to be released, how quickly her parents developed skills to aid in her recovery. Tweens and teens who are interested in books about eating disorder recovery will enjoy the book. The book is fine for those suffering or recovering from eating disorders.

It carefully examines the psychological implications of the disorder with a professionalism that only a true therapist can render. The author is an expert, in my opinion. She has done a perfect job of delineating the rigid lines of the starvers, both in mind and body, while concomitantly freeing the barfers to explore why they purge. She explains in great detail the dynamic differences between the two disorders of anorexia and bulimia, and delves into the occasions when they do cross over.

The issues of male anorexia, wrestlers trying to "make weight," and homosexuality in a heterosexual culture are all carefully meted out, according to what is appropriate and is highly informative. I give the author a five thumbs up for her writing, not only in content, but in style. This book should be considered for some definite awards, particularly amongst, but not limited to the medical community. Well done!!!! Cannot recommend. Superficial but not bad By Sonya M. Elzey on Apr 28, This book has sat in my classroom library for a long time with no one checking it out.

So I decided to read it so I would be able to recommend it to students. However, I felt that the author intentionally disconnects the reader from the main character.

I almost think I would have liked the book better had the journals been first person but the story-tell 3rd person. Also, I felt that in bits it was a bit too clinical to be in 1st person.

Then again, I think that would have worked better had it been 3rd person. Good book. By Laurie Murack on Sep 12, Good book Great product! Shipped and arrived quickly and in perfect condition. Purge By T. Kindwall on Oct 13, Thank you so much for the quick delivery. A teen heroine grappling with self-identity, shame, and a life threatening eating disorder, faces problems that even adults can relate to.

I enjoyed every minute of it.


REVIEW: Purge by Sarah Darer Littman

Littman, Eating disorders are on the rise for teenagers, and they are one hell of a subject to write about. They are vast and difficult to understand, and are met with mixtures of sympathy and scorn. Problem novels that deal with subjects like this are becoming more and more common, and I was eager to see how Purge stacked up to the rest of them. Being the newest Barfer at Golden Slopes is not fun.





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