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Purge by Sarah Darer Littman
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Dec 24, 09

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bookshelves: realistic-fiction, young-adult, psc-reviews, 2009
Read in December, 2009

Janie belongs to the Brotherhood of Barfers, the Bingers, also known as bulimics. She had successfully hidden her secret from her friends and family for two years, until it disastrously came out at her perfect sister's perfect wedding. So disastrously that it landed her at Golden Shores psych hospital with a small group of others who all have eating disorders, as well as the "general psychos". The ED group is split into the Starvers and the Barfers but they all explore their personal need for control as it pertains to food.

Written mostly in journal style, it clearly tells Janie's story. Individuals are not flat; they are dynamic and believable. A few are too stereotypical, but it works within the story-line. A great choice for middle and high school girls AND boys about eating disorders and personal perceptions.

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