Believarexic, set in the 1980s is a semi-autobiographical account of Johnson’s voluntary ten-week hospitalization for bulimarexia. Although Jennifer wants help before she can conquer her eating disorders, depression, OCD, and alcoholism, she must convince her family and friends that her problems, and their roles in exacerbating them, even exist. At its heart, BELIEVAREXIC is a stereotype-defying exploration of belief and human connection, punctuated by Johnson’s dark humor, gritty realism, and profound moments of self-discovery.
J.J. JOHNSON is the author of the young adult novels This Girl is Different and The Theory of Everything. She graduated from Binghamton University and worked as an internship coordinator for programs such as The Learning Web and Youth Advocacy before earning a Master of Education from Harvard University, with a concentration in Adolescent Risk and Prevention. JJ Johnson is a Durham native.