Harmony Book Reviews

Purge by Sarah Darer Littman

Posted on: May 30, 2009

Purge by Sarah Darer Littman: Book Cover

Title: Purge

Author: Sarah Darer Littman

Rating: 7.5/10

Good If… You’re looking for a book about eating disorders that’s not quite as heavy as Wintergirls.

Summary: (Taken from Amazon)

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.

My Thoughts: Purge took me a little while to get into because of the dry writing style. But, once I got past the first ten pages or so, I was drawn in.

Janie’s diary entries were the one thing that kept me going – they were well-written, fresh, and gave us a good look inside her head. I couldn’t relate much to her but I did enjoy reading about some of the secondary characters – Tom in particular. Since there’s a large group at the clinic, many of the characters faded together. I felt that Littman could have given them better personalities and made them more distinct, but since the novel was so short, it didn’t completely take away from the story.

The interactions between characters, especially at meal times, were eye-opening.

There isn’t too much more for me to say about this one. It was good but not remarkable. I felt there was so much potential in the story and wish it had been a little longer, with more character development. If you like books about eating disorders, you’ll probably enjoy this one though.


8 Responses to "Purge by Sarah Darer Littman"

Great Review!!! 😀

I really didn’t know what this was about but it sound good. It kinda reminds me of Go Ask Alice.

Great review! This one is at the top of my to-read list.

Sorry you didn’t like all that much, but it does sound interesting. I’m always intriqued by “issue” type books. Love the cover for this too.


Wintergirls makes me want to read more about this subject and thank god this one sounds lighter. I love the cover so much.

I’m glad you reviewed this book because I was planning on reading it soon. I’m glad that it sounds like a good book to you.

i love the plotline of this book–carries a lot of potential. althouugh im not sure as to how the execution of the plotline on actual paper went, i guess that’s the reason behind the 7.5 rating. although, that’s not too bad. btw is this her debut novel?

I don’t know if I’d pick this one up, but that’s based on my own likes and dislikes. I might read it if I get a chance.

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