Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Book Review: Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson

Release Date: October 27th, 2015
Read: November 13th-23rd, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Series: N/A
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Source: Publisher in Exchange for Review

Description from GoodReads:

   Meet Audie: Professional lab rat. Guinea pig. Serial human test subject. For Audie and her friends, “volunteering” for pharmaceutical drug trials means a quick fix and easy cash.

Sure, there’s the occasional nasty side effect, but Audie’s got things under control. If Monday’s pill causes a rash, Tuesday’s ointment usually clears it right up. Wednesday’s injection soothes the sting from Tuesday’s “cure,” and Thursday’s procedure makes her forget all about Wednesday’s headache. By the time Friday rolls around, there’s plenty of cash in hand and perhaps even a slot in a government-funded psilocybin study, because WEEKEND!

   But the best fix of all is her boyfriend, Dylan, whose terminal illness just makes them even more compatible. He’s turning eighteen soon, so Audie is saving up to make it an unforgettable birthday. That means more drug trials than ever before, but Dylan is worth it.
No pain, no gain, Audie tells herself as the pills wear away at her body and mind. No pain, no gain, she repeats as her grip on reality starts to slide….


   I am in control.
   I learnt about Placebo Junkies from the same place I learn about all my other YA books, from the blogger community! When I first read the synopsis I didn't know what to expect, besides obviously drugs and lab rats. I definitely got more than I bargained for.
  Placebo Junkies started off like any book, with the character going through a normal day in her life. You don't expect much otherwise, but as the book went on you started to get a feel for Audie, you started to feel sorry for her, maybe even pity her. Then, because Audie doesn't already have it bad, you reach a part of the novel that makes you question everything, and wonder why you didn't see it coming.
   I can never wrap my mind around Mental Illnesses, you will never know what is actually going on inside of the persons head. It'll always be a mystery. With Audie, she was saw herself as sane but in reality to everyone else she was the opposite.
   J.C. Carleson's Placebo Junkies had me questioning who the real insane ones are, the people we label as sane or the people we label as insane?
   This was my first J.C Carleson book, and after this mind altering read I will probably go out of my way to pick up one of her first books, like The Tyrants Daughter.


Favourite Quote:

"We shall meet in the place where there is no darkness."

Recommend to People Who Enjoy:

Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Mental Heath, Mental Illness.

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