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ISBN: 9780545052375
Author: Littman, Sarah Darer
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Published: April 2010
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Binding Type: Hardcover
Annotation: As a patient at Golden Slopes struggling with the dangerous habit of binging and purging, Janie Ryman knows the day is quickly approaching when she will have to share her dark secret with the doctors and psychiatrists in order to get the help she needs to finally put an end to the obsession that is ruining her life. Reprint.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Depression & Mental Illness
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes - Adolescence & Coming Of Age
Dewey: FIC
Lexile Measure: 950
BISAC category:
Target Grade: 7-9
Grade level: 7-9
Physical Information: 0.75" H x 75.00" L x 5.50" W
Bargain Category: High School, Middle School, Social Issues
Grade level(s): 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 129446
Reading Level: 5.8   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 9.0
Scholastic Reading Counts Info
Quiz #: Q46871
Reading Level: 7.4   Interest Level: Grades 6-8   Point Value: 15.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Fall)
Through journal entries and conversations, sixteen-year-old Janie, a bulimic, describes her stay in a psychiatric hospital. The story centers on Janie's therapy sessions and the conflicts between patient groups (e.g., the Barfers and the Starvers). While Janie's recovery is a bit too quick, Littman's portrayal of the issues surrounding eating disorders is honest and effective. Reading list, websites. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)
Written in first person, including journal entries, Littman's chronicle of teen bulimia unfolds as 16-year-old Janie describes her stay in a rehabilitation center for eating disorders. For Janie, bingeing and purging make her feel in control of a body she hates. After a humiliating scene at her sister's wedding in which her disease is discovered, she tries to kill herself and is brought to the center for treatment. Unfortunately, her stay is predictable and her counterparts come across as clichéd. Janie's recounting of the events leading up to her suicide attempt, however, is entirely relatable and her feelings authentic ("Was there ever a period of time when I was able to love food unreservedly, without thinking of it as `the enemy' the minute it was in my stomach?"). Most realistic is her friendship with childhood pal Kelsey, and their big fight is devastating, as is Janie's losing her virginity to a boy who treats her badly. Littman (Confessions of a Closet Catholic) offers a good, if limited, addition to the resources available for teens suffering with this issue. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 July)

Gr 8 Up–Stuck with a bunch of "Barfers" and "Starvers," Janie, 16, describes her experiences at Golden Slopes, a rehab facility. Partly dead serious and partly humorous, her narrative slowly changes as she goes from believing that she's almost normal to understanding that she is sick and needs help. Other patients include various girls, an older woman, and a couple of boys, all of whom have wide-ranging issues at the heart of their pain. While other books are more realistic about the time involved in treating eating disorders, Littman provides a sympathetic character and a quick overview of treatment and hopeful progress. Janie moves from denial of habitual bulimia to release back to her regular routine in only three weeks. Her parents are loving, her family is loyal, and her friends are forgiving. The universality of Janie's blindness to her own behavior is clearly portrayed, as is her later insight into her destructive choices. Drinking and sexual situations are necessary to the plot and are described realistically. This is a worthy addition to the current books on the topic for its relatively lighter touch and accessibility.–Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library

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