Love Is the Drug

Featured Hot
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
3449   2
Write Review
Love Is the Drug
Age Range
14+
Release Date
September 30, 2014
ISBN
9780545417815
Buy This Book
      

From the author of THE SUMMER PRINCE, a novel that's John Grisham's THE PELICAN BRIEF meets Michael Crichton's THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN set at an elite Washington D.C. prep school. Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC's elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night. Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something about the virus--something about her parents' top secret scientific work--something she shouldn't know. The only one Bird can trust is Coffee, a quiet, outsider genius who deals drugs to their classmates and is a firm believer in conspiracy theories. And he believes in Bird. But as Bird and Coffee dig deeper into what really happened that night, Bird finds that she might know more than she remembers. And what she knows could unleash the biggest government scandal in US history

Editor reviews

1 reviews

Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0  (1)
Characters 
 
5.0  (1)
Writing Style 
 
5.0  (1)
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Plot 
 
5.0
Characters 
 
5.0
Writing Style 
 
5.0

This book could change your life.

Bird and Coffee are tangled in a web of political intrigue and they must unravel the secrets locked in Bird's memory before a rogue government agent gets to them or their loved ones. This is science fiction at its best, blatantly addressing social issues like class, race, poverty, and substance abuse. Add a touch of humor, a healthy dose of romance, and 352 pages of hard-hitting prose and you've got an amazing story.

What I loved: The complex politics and intelligent prose. The challenging relationship between Bird and Coffee. The complex dynamics between Bird and her mother, Carol.

Realistic politics underlie the plot, unlike most YA fiction with its grandiose dystopian conspiracies. The politicians are real people, with believable motivations and reactions. At times the quagmire of political agendas got confusing enough that I had to reread passages, but for me that simply makes it even more realistic - that's what happens with real politics.

This book made me look things up online. This is not a thing I am known to do. I am the kind of reader that has no problem with suspension of disbelief, who accepts strange plot twists, intuits the meaning of unfamiliar words from context, and doesn't ask questions. But with this story, I simply had to know! I looked up the side effects of drugs, I researched the history of war in Venezuela, and I tracked down the meaning of chemical equations and political terms.

Emily Bird has known the enigmatic drug dealer Coffee for about a year, and it hasn't been easy. "I've spent a year drowning in you," Coffee says, and it has a difficult year for them both. Drowning doesn't feel good, and what Bird and Coffee have isn't always cherry sweet or perfect. It starts out painful and raw, continues to be really scary, and finally develops into a beautiful, complex, and enviable relationship.

Carol Bird is the idol her daughter Emily is forced to fearfully worship. Carol is a scientist, and might have something to do with the crazy conspiracy theories Coffee has been throwing around, but there is no way for Bird to find out - she barely even talks to or sees her parents. When she does have to be around them, Bird has to focus entirely on not giving in to her mother's demands, standing up to Carol, and being brave in the face of fear. "Mothers aren't always right or even always good," Bird realizes later, and this sets the tone for their relationship in the second half of the book. I respect that not everything is all happy-go-lucky between Bird and her parents at the end of the book - that simply isn't realistic. It's obvious that Bird will constantly struggle with her mother, and while it's a little disheartening, I respect the author's honesty on that account.

What I wanted more of: Coffee. Coffee was my favorite character, and his development was my favorite part of the story. Seriously, he is perfect in every way, simply because he is so very far from perfect. And the truth is, I got more of him. We spend the entire book in Bird's point of view, but that doesn't mean we don't get to know Coffee intimately. The dialogue is so well done that we feel like we're seeing the world from Coffee's point of view, even though we're removed from it. As a stand-alone novel, LOVE IS THE DRUG is complete, has a satisfying ending, and doesn't leave the reader wanting more (except for Coffee), although I would definitely welcome a sequel if one ever arises.

The Verdict: I loved every word. I have never annotated a book like I did this one. The pages of the ARC are covered with my reactions, scribbled notes, questions, and thoughts. At one point Bird asks, "What's the point of being brave if it destroys you?" and the way in which she answers this question could change your life.

Was this review helpful to you? 

User reviews

There are no user reviews for this listing.
Already have an account? or Create an account
Powered by JReviews

FEATURED GIVEAWAYS

Latest Book Listings Added

A strong educational foundation helps ensure a child is able...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A strong educational foundation helps ensure a child is able...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
A strong educational foundation helps ensure a child is able...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Be More Chill: Broadway Tie-In
The groundbreaking novel that inspired the Tony-nominated Broadway musical! Jeremy...
 
3.7
 
0.0 (0)
Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, #1)
From the creator of Riverdale comes the Chilling Adventures of...
 
4.7
 
0.0 (0)
The Dummy Meets the Mummy! (Goosebumps SlappyWorld #8)
After being put back to sleep and abandoned in an...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
It's Alive! It's Alive! (Goosebumps SlappyWorld #7)
A brand-new Goosebumps arc narrated by the most iconic and...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Every Stolen Breath
The Swarm is unrecognizable, untraceable, and unpredictable—random attacks on the...
 
4.0
 
0.0 (0)
Cursed Beauty
Aurora Rose Brynhild is out of time. ...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
The C Word
Addison: Secrets have a way of getting out....
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Aphelion
Ky isn’t your typical seventeen-year-old girl. She's an alien hunter.Ky...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Announcing Trouble
I may know everything there is to know about baseball,...
 
5.0
 
0.0 (0)
Seneca Lake
It's 1944, and high school senior Meg Michaels has always...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Freshman Witch
Of course, magic is real. Everybody knows that. ...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)
Sarai and The Around The World Fair
When Sarai outgrows her bike, she worries she'll never get...
 
3.0
 
0.0 (0)
Of Beast and Beauty
7 vengeful sisters 7 fairytale kingdoms 7 daughters...
 
0.0
 
0.0 (0)

Latest Member Reviews

Twilight (Twilight #1)
 
4.7
"I don’t even know how to begin this review. This isn’t the first time I’ve read Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight. It..."
Storm and Fury
 
5.0
"Storm and Fury by Jennifer L Armentrout is the first in her spin-off series The Harbinger. When I started reading,..."
Be More Chill: Broadway Tie-In
 
3.7
"BE MORE CHILL is an interesting discourse on popularity/being "Cool" and the pros/cons of technology. Jeremy is part of the..."
Season of the Witch (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, #1)
 
4.7
"SEASON OF THE WITCH is a fantastic start to the Sabrina series. While fans of the shows will appreciate all..."
Every Stolen Breath
 
4.0
"EVERY STOLEN BREATH is an engrossing read that follows Lia as she attempts to uncover her father's killers. Every so..."
Fangs & Fins
 
3.3
"Ivy and Ember are thrown together when their parents marry. One a popular girl, the other a bookworm, they start..."
Announcing Trouble
 
5.0
"Making me smile all the way through, ANNOUNCING TROUBLE was a pure delight. Josie is almost eighteen with an enormous..."
Darkness on the Edge of Town (Stranger Things )
 
4.7
"Darkness on the Edge of Town is a fascinating glimpse into Hopper's past. Being a big fan of Hopper since..."
Moon Water: A Novel
 
3.3
"MOON WATER follows Nettie in the summer of 1969 when her life is in turmoil. Nettie is 16 years old..."
The Memory Thief
 
4.7
"THE MEMORY THIEF is an engrossing YA fantasy that will keep you turning pages late into the night. Etta lives..."
Watch Us Rise
 
4.3
"WHAT I LOVED: Readers get a dual POV novel narrated by Jasmine, a fat Black girl, and Chelsea, a..."
Meet the Sky
 
5.0
"MEET THE SKY is a beautiful story about loss, life, and love. Sophie lives with her mother and sister, who..."
She's the Liar
 
5.0
"'She's the Liar' by Alison Cherry is about sisters Abby and Sydney and their time together at Brookside Academy. Abby,..."
The Speed of Falling Objects
 
5.0
"THE SPEED OF FALLING OBJECTS begins with a bang- Danny has been in a plane crash and is lost in..."
Let's Call It a Doomsday
 
4.0
"LET'S CALL IT A DOOMSDAY follows Ellis, a teenager who is Mormon and has an anxiety disorder. Eliis is in..."
A Dress for the Wicked
 
5.0
"A DRESS FOR THE WICKED is a lush and enthralling YA historical fiction that feels anything but historical! Emmaline (Emmy)..."
Rated
 
3.3
"RATED follows six teens in alternating points-of-view as they navigate a dystopian future. In this society, your life is dictated..."
Truly Madly Royally
 
3.0
"Truly Madly Royally was a cute-ish read that lacked a certain something to take it fully over the edge. ..."
Under The Moon: A Catwoman Tale
 
4.0
"UNDER THE MOON brings us into the teenage years of Selina Kyle, who will eventually become Catwoman. Selina has a..."
The Surface Breaks: A Reimagining of The Little Mermaid
 
4.3
"THE SURFACE BREAKS is a slow-building retelling of The Little Mermaid. While staying true to the classic, this story adds..."