Klise, James Love Drugged, 304 pgs. Flux, 2010. $9.95. Language PG-13(42 swears, 8 gods, 0 ‘F’); Mature Content: PG-13 (drug use, sexual content); Violence: PG;
Jamie knows he is attracted to boys but doesn’t want to be. His best friend, Wes, doesn’t know that he likes boys so pushes him to ask out a girl named Celia. Jamie decides to pursue Celia and spends a great deal of his time earnestly trying to feel something more for her than he really does. Celia introduces Jamie to her father, a doctor developing a behavior modification drug that Jamie ends up stealing, and then begins taking hoping the drugs will change his attraction from boys to girls. As Jamie goes through the motions of dating Celia, experiencing side-effects to the drugs, and worrying if the drugs are actually going to work, he arrives at a crucial moment when he has to decide if he will continue to take the drugs, or perhaps more importantly, if he should take them.
For the most part, the book was well written, easy to read and had believable characters although the ending was a little over the top. Jamie is consumed with changing himself and is so afraid that someone will find out about him that he ends up making some questionable decisions. Readers will understand his desire to keep his secret but as he gets more tangled in his web of lies, they will also feel his relief when he finally finds a resolution.
HS – OPTIONAL Reviewer: RB