Asking for help is only the first step. Jennifer can't go on like this — binging, purging, starving, and all while trying to appear like she's got it all together. But when she finally c
Asking for help is only the first step. Jennifer can't go on like this — binging, purging, starving, and all while trying to appear like she's got it all together. But when she finally confesses her secret to her parents, and is hospitalized at the Samuel Tuke Center, her journey is only beginning. As Jennifer progresses through her treatment, she learns to recognize her relationship with food, friends, and family — and how each is healthy and unhealthy. She has to learn to trust herself and her own instincts, but that's easier than it sounds. She has to believe — after many years of being a believarexic.
Using her trademark dark humor and powerful emotion, J.J. Johnson tells an inspiring story that is based on her own experience when she was hospitalized for an eating disorder as a teenager. The innovative format, in which Jennifer's story is told through blank verse and prose, with changes in tense and voice, and using forms, workbooks, and journal entries, mirrors the protagonist's progress toward a healthy body and mid.
To find out more about the book, the disorder, and lots more visit www.believarexic.com.
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graduated from Binghamton University and worked an internship coordinator for programs such as The Learning Web and Youth Advocacy. She earned a Master of Education from Harvard University, with a concentration in Adolescent Risk and Prevention. Johnson lives in North Carolina.
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"A powerful story of healing and self-acceptance."
— Kirkus Reviews