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Binge Paperback – May, 1992

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"Weldon, 18, wakes up in a hospital with his right foot gone. His front teeth are gone, too, and when he talks he spits blood on his hospital gown. He soon loses control of his bowels. He doesn't remember how he got this way.

This is Binge, Charles Ferry's stunning book that begins with Weldon Yeaher waking up minus a foot. It takes Yeager, and the reader, the length of the novel (only 94 pages) to patch together details of his drinking binge, during which he ran over four people with a stolen car before hitting a tree.

Ferry shows his main character wheeling, dealing and stealing his way from drink to drink. The book captures the denial, self-deception and consequences of the young alcoholic's life.

Binge may be the most powerful book ever written about teenage alcoholism and drunk driving. From the first sentence to the last, the reader is in the twisted mind of an alcoholic as he destroys his life.

Binge. Once you've read it, you'll never forget it." -- Sheryl James, Staff Writer, Detroit Free Press.

About the Author

Charles Ferry (b. 10-8-27) dropped out of high school at age 16 and joined the U.S. Navy, where he served as a radioman/tail gunner on a torpedo bomber during World War II. After the war, he fought a severe addiction to alcohol for 25 years, drinking his way into 14 different jails, three of them twice and one of them the largest walled jail in the world, Jackson (Michigan) Prison. He licked the problem in 1970, which is when he began his creative writing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Daisyhill Pr; Edition info not noted edition (May 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0963279904
  • ISBN-13: 978-0963279903
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,612,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on June 9, 1999
Format: Paperback
BINGE
By Charles Ferry
A drunken man is hospitalized from being in an accident, convicted for murder of the second degree...
Weldon Yeager always was drinking. He also was very good looking, a true Casanova. The story starts in the hospital with Weldon beginning to wake up. He notices a cop sitting by the door. He asks the nurse what happened. She told him he got in an accident and killed two people. Then he realizes his foot is hurting really bad. It turns out that they had to amputate his leg. Throughout the book Yeager is telling the cop everything that happened on his dangerous adventure. He was on his way to Loon Lake to see his old girl friend Livie. He later finds out that he had hit Livie in the big car accident. Weldon was really emotional now. He hopes so much that she lives through this big tragedy. Will she?? This is the first book I read by Chuck Ferry and it was great. After you read Binge you will want to read more books by him. I know I do. Chuck Ferry did a good job of keeping you interested in the story. For a while in the middle of the story it did get a little dull because nothing exciting was going on. The rest was great though. I think that lots of kids and even grownups can relate to Binge because lots of people know someone who was drinking and driving, and the effects it can have on other people's life. You, the audience would enjoy all the action scenes when he is on the verge of being caught. Another great aspect of the story is that it is very easy to read. The only difficult part is you need to know when he is talking in the past or present. If you read this book you will enjoy reading a whole lot more. This story is nothing like any story I have read before. It is my FAVORITE.
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Binge
By Charles Ferry
In the book Binge the main character, Weldon Yeager wakes up in the hospital after being in a very serious accident. The story takes place in the hospital with a police officer interviewing him. A result of this accident was he had hit four students, two who had died already and the other two were in critical condition. The whole accident revolved around Weldon Yeager, who had been drinking the night before. Weldon had been intoxicated at the time of the accident. Another twist to this story is one of the people who was injured in the accident was Livvie, the girl of his dreams. Throughout the story Weldon is being interviewed about the accident. The interview goes into great detail about the accident and just like the story has a lot of twists in it. The author of this book is Charles Ferry. Ferry is a great author and if you have not read a book by this man I encourage you to do so. His writing style is excellent. He leaves you at the edge of your seat throughout the story. He goes into great detail and gives you mental images which is why he is such a great author. It is very easy for students to relate to this story. This story teaches you the harms of drinking and driving and you don't even know it. I also think this is a great book just because it is so easy to relate to. This is a very fast book to read and you shouldn't have any problems reading it. Over all, this book is extremely good and is hard to compare to others because I have not read any other book written as well as this one. By Kevin Gomba
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By A Customer on May 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
Binge by Charles Ferry is about a guy named Weldon who has to have his right leg amputated. At first he did not know about this until the nurse tells him. He is being held under custody by a police officer named Becker. They are all in a hospital and Weldon just came out of a coma and is learning about what he did to get under police custody. The problem is very complicated because he has committed serious crimes and does not even remember all of the details. This is highly irrational for everyone. Weldon is not really a bad person but he has gotten himself into some serious trouble. Charles Ferry is a talented writer in terms of being descriptive and giving a lot of foreshadowing. There is a lot in this book because it involves a guy who is fairly young when he steals a car. He gets into serious trouble for doing something horribly unreasonable. This book is fairly easy to understand. At the same time it is fast moving. I would recommend this book for anyone in high school or maybe mature eighth graders because it is about a drunk driver and a reader has to be mature to try to understand. This story is like another book I read, but this seems more realistic because things in this story happen in the world today. This is a good book from my perspective because it teaches me what not to do when I get a car and how to act around my friends. For example, it taught me not to drink and drive, as well as not to try to act cool, and be careful on the road while driving.
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Binge By: Charles Ferry
Binge is the tragic tale of a young man and his problems. Young Weldon runs into some problems when he wakes up in a hospital bed with a police guard at his door. With Nurse Weatherbee by his side, he tries to remember what has happened this past week. Lt. Becker comes in for the questioning, meanwhile his son is playing football across from the hospital in the championship game. The problem becomes even more troubling to Weldon once the Lt. refreshes his memory. But the least of his problems is his memory; he's got to worry about what he did on his week long drinking binge. Charles Ferry made this a story of tragedy. He portrays the troubles of alcoholism in a outstanding and scary way. The audience might enjoy the tale of Weldon and his wonderful life turned awful, the star football player and honor roll student turned alcoholic. The only problem I encountered when reading this book was its sometimes drawn out content. You will only encounter this problem in a few pages in the middle. Other than that the book kept me wanting more and I was unable to put it down at times. This book is incomparable to any other book I've ever read because of its awesome and unusual content.
By: Keith Bellettiere
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