Grade 10 Up–After driving while drunk, crashing his truck into a tree, and wrecking his knee, Ted York no longer has a basketball scholarship to NYU or much of a future. He attends Alcoholics Anonymous on a judge's orders and has been sober for 90 days. When a stranger offers him full tuition if he'll keep an eye on a bulimic freshman for her billionaire father, the teen accepts the deal, expecting it to require little effort. But he hadn't counted on falling in love with Erica, and he finds himself forced to decide whether his loyalty is to her or the man paying his bills. Coburn skillfully balances the issues of alcoholism and bulimia with the fragile love story of two lost teens. Ted and Erica are surprisingly mature and aware of their faults, and their dialogue, including obscenities, is realistic. Erica's father is sympathetic in his genuine but misdirected concern for his daughter. The fast-paced narrative is helped along by frequent e-mails between characters. Part Ellen Wittlinger's Heart on My Sleeve (S & S, 2004), part Meg Rosoff's How I Live Now (Random, 2004), LoveSick will keep readers rooting for these teens.–Jane Cronkhite, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH
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Gr.^B 9-12. The author of Prep (2003) offers an oddly touching love story about two addicts trying to survive their freshman year of college. Ted is a blue-collar alcoholic jock who lost his scholarship after destroying his knee in a drunk-driving accident. Erica is a foul-mouthed, bulimic Park Avenue princess whose wealthy father will do anything to cure her eating disorder. Through slick middleman Michael (whose breezy, cheesy e-mails provide comic relief), Erica's father bribes Ted into spying on Erica's eating habits by offering to replace his scholarship. When the two discover each other's secret addictions and fall in love, Ted tells Erica the truth, setting off a chain of events that ends in both violence and redemption. Although there's a Gossip Girl element to the writing, Coburn manages to imbue Ted and his spoiled-rich-kid characters with a surprising humanity. The dialogue is gritty and realistic, and Coburn's writing skill is evident in his almost sensual descriptions of Erica's bingeing rituals. Jennifer Hubert
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So underrated. Read this book in high school, college, and post grad. It's not complex, but if you want to hangout with really likable people in a digestible read, this is the book... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Drew
I had a hard time reading derails about a girl making herself puke in detail.Published 10 months ago by Veronica V.
That was incredible, it was a short read i think but it was worth it. Id recommend to anyone that loves romances with all the fruity stuff cut out.Published 19 months ago by Sal
While there are things I liked and things I didn't like about this book, one thing's for sure: LoveSick is definitely different - different from anything I've read before, and... Read morePublished on December 23, 2011 by Hannah @ Paperback Treasures
What happens when you mix an alcoholic teenage boy with a bulimic teenage girl? One explosive story! Jake Coburn's book Love Sick was the first of his novels that I have read. Read morePublished on September 19, 2011 by Amazon Customer
When I got this book (it was one cent) I couldn't wait to read it. When I started, I said to myself "Okay, it's boring now, but it'll get better as you keep reading. Read morePublished on July 15, 2011 by DollyLoxx
I should start by saying that according to the author, this book is based on a true story. And that was a surprise for me because the summary sounds so ficticious;something that... Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by Anxirium
Ted York's life looked perfect. One of the better high school basketball players in the country, he has been offered full tuition at an Ivy League school by an anonymous alumnus. Read morePublished on January 21, 2010 by Karen Keyte
It is a bit confusing at the beginning, but as soon as it starts up, It keeps you guessing...Published on April 5, 2008 by G. Castillo