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Love Drugged Paperback – September 8, 2010
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--RICK KOGAN, HOST OF "THE SUNDAY PAPERS" ON WGN-AM IN CHICAGO --10/31/2010
"Klise has created an empathetic protagonist and a thoughtful story about identity, sexuality, and learning to accept oneself."
--PUBLISHERS WEEKLY --09/06/2010
"This coming-of-age gay novel includes the basics of learning to accept who you are and adds a touch of intrigue. This is a great choice for anyone questioning their sexuality or for teens who like a little twist in their mystery."
--VOYA --August 2010
"Klise's first novel succeeds in capturing the terrible anxiety of a teen discovering the truth of his sexual identity."
--BOOKLIST -- 11/01/10
"This book exemplifies the struggle young teens may feel with their sexuality and the decisions they make to repress their feelings. Jamie's experience is authentic, and his feelings are presented in a way that is relatable for teens."
--ALAN ONLINE -- 08/07/10
"The debate over a drug that could change sexual orientation is certainly a timely one, and readers seeking a quick read that can open this discussion may find this a useful starting point."
--THE BULLETIN FOR THE CENTER OF CHILDREN'S BOOKS --December 2010
"An intriguing, perceptive, and heartwarming novel, Love Drugged may seem like any other simple coming-of-age novel, but with its twists and page-turning effect, it will ultimately leave a lasting impression. 5 stars!"
--TEENSREADTOO.COM --September 2010
"Delightful...Klise simultaneously captures moments of possibility and angst in the story of a Chicago gay teenager in Love Drugged."
--TIME OUT CHICAGO --Sept. 16-22, 2010
"Wonderful...Sharp and funny and full of heart."
--STEPHEN MCCAULEY, AUTHOR OF THE OBJECT OF MY AFFECTION -- 11/29/10
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Jamie Bates may seem like any other teenage guy on the outside, but deep down he knows he is far from it. His constant attraction to other guys could be a huge hint that he's gay, yet Jamie does not want to come to this conclusion. In a world where phrases like "no homo" and the word "queer" can be thrown around jokingly, guys like Jamie fear it, understanding the torment and consequences that would result if their peers knew of their sexuality.
At first, Jamie finds solace with his homosexuality in an online forum, being able to discuss his interests without being ridiculed. Unfortunately, his one escape is nixed once he discovers a fellow user just so happens to go to the same school. Panicked, Jamie tries to find a way out of the island he and his online friends would be exiled to once everyone knew the truth.
Jamie's savior comes in the form of his fellow service club member, Celia Gamez. Extremely gorgeous, rich, and smart, Celia is the girl every guy would want. Jamie and Celia eventually are paired up to work on the Valentine's Day Carnation sale. With her flirtatious manner towards him, Jamie takes this as an opportunity to be put on the straight path. The idea seems to backfire in an instant though, as the physical attraction is absent, at least for Jamie.
Out of the blue, Jamie is introduced to a pill called Rehomoline, a drug that is meant to suppress the feelings one has for the same sex. When all else fails, Jamie takes this second chance to live like every other guy, without knowing the side effects that will ensue.Read more ›
To me, the book was a very sci-fi novel based on fairly recent (at the time) scientific discoveries. The plot is confusing yet basic and the author seems to have gone about writing the book in the following manner: he read an article in a scientific journal, he thought of an idea for a story (which would be good for a short, short story) and said to himself, 'hey, it can't be that hard to write a book, and the struggles of a teen male gay are popular right now, I could be rich!'. Then, he proceeded to throw ideas onto paper and struggled to come up with a way to move the plot along. It is an odd story in which a young male is "outed", anonymously, to a single student in his school on an online dating site which was accessed in the school on school computers. The student does not threaten to reveal the main character's sexual orientation, but the main character is still motivated to become the test subject of an older man and takes the man's pills without hesitation under the assumption that the pills will cause his sexual attraction to males to cease. (All very likely so far). Next, the young teen boy finds a beard in the unsuspecting daughter of the old "scientist".Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I debated on whether to give it two or three stars, and ended up going with just the two. While I think it is a well-intentioned effort, the book falls flat and after I was done... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jeff Billington
I love the idea for this novel! A drug that could "cure" homosexuality - that's crazy; scary, even. The idea is fascinating, and I was very excited to read Love Drugged. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
Read this text for a class, and liked the central conflict--a young man wanting to "cure" his homosexuality. But then the ending goes in a direction I thought was absurd. Read morePublished on February 8, 2014 by Michael Byrd
Jamie's not comfortable with who he is and right now he'd do anything to fit in - which also means being straight. Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by Star @ The Bibliophilic Book Blog
This book made me think, but it was also funny and exciting. I wanted to see how Jamie's feelings would change by the end of the book, and they did!Published on February 17, 2012 by YAsuperfan
James Klise takes on the controversial subject of reparitive therapy in this funny, heartfelt novel. Jamie Bates has won the heart of the prettiest, coolest girl in school. Read morePublished on July 5, 2011 by Brian Katcher
Jamie Bates seems like your typical, disconnected 15 year old high school student. He and his parents (who are prone to "get rich quick" schemes that never work out) are living... Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by Bob Lind
I really liked this book, though it was hard for me to really relate to the main character because I never wanted to change who I was. Read morePublished on November 11, 2010 by James F. Booth