Submitter: Found on the shelf recently at a moderately sized branch of a large public library system in California. This is a seemingly self-published teen fiction book about bulimia entitled “Perk!” Yes, with the exclamation point. Perk is kind of a mess. At one point she almost kills her toddler sister because she leaves the kid alone by a creek during a bulimia session. They use words like “pocketbook” and there’s a cringingly awful scene in a hospital where a “heavy set, black nurse” stops Perk’s dad from beating her. Absolutely no teen appeal, dated, and unhelpful.
Holly: It was an
ALA [edit: no, it wasn’t!] award winner and a finalist for a fiction writing fellowship. In the late 90s. That means it was probably pretty good back then. Do we keep all award winners for all time? No way! I don’t care how great a book was back in its day. It has to earn its place on the shelves every passing year. This one can be replaced with any number of current teen fiction books about bulimia.
Also, what’s up with the white “cataloged” sticker on the cover? Is it special from other cataloged books in the library, or does everything ultimately get that sticker once it’s cataloged??