02 November 2015

{Spotlight} Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson

By: Me My Shelf And I | 02 November 2015 at 10:38 AM | | | | |

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PLACEBO JUNKIES
Author: J.C. Carleson
Release Date: October 27th, 2015
Publisher: Knopf Books For Young Readers

17-year-old Audie doesn't view medical trial participation as a temporary means to an end. She's one of the young CVs--Career Volunteers--who work pharmaceutical trials to their advantage. There are nasty side effects, but on the whole Audie's life is surprisingly decent. A nice apartment, great roommates, and a boyfriend (Dylan) who's been through some experimental procedures himself as a cancer survivor. Audie is planning a surprise road trip for Dylan's 18th birthday, taking on more clinical trials to scrape together the cash. But the side effects are wearing hard on her mind and body. Audie can't tell if her friends are starting to behave strangely around her, or if she's suffering paranoid delusions from all the drugs.

As Audie's life spirals downward, her grip on reality begins to slip. Rather, her grip on a carefully-constructed fantasy begins to slip, exposing Audie as an extremely unreliable narrator.

About The Author

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J. C. CARLESON is a former undercover CIA officer who has navigated war zones, jumped out of airplanes, and worked on the frontlines of international conflicts. Her previous publications include The Tyrant's Daughter, Cloaks and Veils, and Work Like a Spy: Business Tips from a Former CIA Officer.

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