J.J. Johnson

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J.J. Johnson is a youth counselor turned young adult novelist. She grew up (with an 80s perm) in a very small town in central New York. She then went to Binghamton University, where she discovered writing --and dancing, and marching, and sitting-in-- for social justice. She graduated with a history degree in 1996.

In 2001, J.J. earned a Master of Education from Harvard University, concentrating on adolescent risk and prevention, with eyes toward mental health and social injustice.

She is the author of THIS GIRL IS DIFFERENT, THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING, and BELIEVAREXIC (all from Peachtree Publishers). Her books have won numerous honors and have been translated into six languages.

J.J. loves to travel, practice yoga, read, hike, dance, laugh, a
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Hi Jack! I am so glad you noticed that I wanted the book to focus on RECOVERY! And yours is a great question.

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I consider Believarexic to be an autobiographical novel. I took some liberties with the timeline and compressed some characters. I want/ed to be very honest and transparent about the process, and what I changed,, so I posted my actual journal from my hopsitalization on www.believarexic.com.

I think (and honestly, it’s been a few years since I wrote it!) that the main things I totally made up were:

1. Being accused of weight-ing myself, and then accidentally peeing, that first weigh-in. I exaggerated this scene because I wanted Jenifer to hit absolute rock-bottom, and to show just how nasty Nurse Ratched could be. They did accuse me of looking like I should weigh less than what the scale said, but things didn’t go that extreme.

2. Nurse Chuck did not take me on my “meal out.” It was another nurse, and a lot less poignant, thus the change. (I wish it had been Nurse Chuck!)

3. There wasn’t a dance party. (There was that little booby-trap, though.)

Anyhoodles! I hope that answers your awesome question.

Wishing you good health and lots of fun adventures in life—

J.J.(less)
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More of J.J.'s books…
“I get scared because things are finite, and I don't want them to be finite with you.”
J.J. Johnson, The Theory of Everything

“My boyfriend dumped me. My best friend won't talk to me. My future is in a garbage can. Everything has turned to crap. Can you please just let me be a sullen teenager. just this once”
JJ Johnson, This Girl Is Different

Me: Need to shop for a dress. Stenn asked me to prom.
The Momster: WTF!
Me: Mom? What do you think WTF means?
The Momster: Well That's Fantastic.”
J.J. Johnson, The Theory of Everything

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