Saturday, January 9, 2010
Purge 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 shifting friendships and alliances among the kids in the ward.
Purge is a well written book that grabs you from the first page and dosen't let you go till the very last word.
For some reason, I had been putting off reading this for a while now. I'm not sure why, but it probably it has something to do with Wintergirls. Since, while I loved that book with all my heart because of it's rawness and reality, it was all the fiction I could take for a while dealing with eating disorders. Surprisingly, Purge tended to show a lighter tone to eating disorders. Though, with saying that, I'm not saying it wasn't serious, too, because it certainly was.
Moving on, it was interesting to see the different type of people contained in the psychotropic hospital where Janie was staying because they varied from being teen boys which you almost never see in these types of books to older women who for some reason I would never think go to these type of places to plain old teen girls. So, even though the story of a girl with an eating disorder is kind of unoriginal these days, Sarah exceeded to make it original by adding great characters to the mix. My favorite would probably be Janie because she was just a likable character who I felt was impossible not to root for. Also, I loved how we got to see her diary along with a regular narration because I felt that it showed two sides- her the vulnerable and messed up to the one that seems perfectly normal on the surface but truly isn't.
Also, Sarah's writing was well done, as mentioned above, and was easy to get caught up in. I'm looking forward to reading more by her!
In all, Purge is a read that I enjoyed and suggest to all who would like a look into the tragic world of eating disorders, while not going too in depth to the truly terrible side of it.
Purge is now out!
Source: Publisher/ Author for review. Thanks Scholastic/ Sarah!