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by Sarah Darer Littman

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 shifts in friendships and alliances among the kids in the ward.

In order to get better, Janie must talk about things she's admitted to no one — not even to herself. Laced with danger, insight and humor, Purge is one girl's remarkable and daring journey to make herself well again.

Sample Text

The funny thing is I've alway hated puking. You probably think that's a strange thing to hear from someone who stands in front of a toliet and sticks her fingers down her throat five or six times a day. But it's ture.

When I was a kid, I always used to cry every time I threw up. It hurt my throat. It hurt my stomach. It smelled bad. I felt gross. Those 24-hour stomach flus were the worst.

If I cried every time I threw up now, we'd all drown.

What I don't understand is this: How did something I hate so much end up controlling every moment of my life?

14, 12, 15, 13, 16, 17, 18
Interest Level
Grades 7 - 12
Grade Level Equivalent
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Book Type
Chapter Book
Realistic Fiction

About the Author

Sarah Darer Littman Sarah Darer Littman is the author of young adult novels, including Purge and Life, After

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