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3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  1,759 Ratings  ·  157 Reviews
Ted’s drunk-driving accident has ruined his life. it cost him his basketball scholarship, ended his plans for college, and forced him into AA. but just when ted has resigned himself to his new life, Michael appears. the wealthy father of a bulimic Manhattan rich girl has a tempting proposition. He has agreed to pay for ted’s college tuition, but there’s one catch. ted has ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published June 14th 2007 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published September 22nd 2005)
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Jan 31, 2009 Bill rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 15, 2012 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: american
So this is a good book, bordering on unbelievable but still quite good. I really like the portrayal of AA. when asked if it works the character basically says he doesn't know but he goes anyway.

one of the cool things is the description of people's responses to the fact he doesn't drink. Now I've had my hard drinking years, but I had quit drinking when I started college and I didn't smoke anything and the fact is people do look at you like you have four heads. Even today, I drink some, I use to
Sandra Strange
Yuck. The premise of the book is unbelievable: a millionaire "hires" a young man, who has messed up his life by his alcoholism, to trail his bulimic daughter. The young man, predictably, falls in love with the girl, and chaos results. The explicit sex and prevalent bad language really marred the story for me. Not recommended for anyone.
Apr 05, 2013 Lola rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this novel. It has everything a novel needs to keep readers hooked; it has drama, love, and adventure. This novel is about a college girl named Erica, who struggles with bulimia. Her father, Charles, who is a wealthy man who cares about his daughter's wellbeing hires a boy named Ted, who is struggling with his own problems of being an alcoholic, to spy on his daughter and keep him updated on how and what she is doing in college. He does so by offering him a free ride by paying h ...more
Apr 30, 2009 Kelseysterk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LoveSick was a very inspiring book for me. It starts out slow and begins to pick up the pace after the first 3 chapters. A teenage guy named Ted is a basketball player at a local high school, and very very talented on the court. He has everything going for him, and a college scholarship lined up for him to play ball at a decent college. But it all ends one fateful night when Ted gets involved in a drunk driving accident. His life becomes ruined and he loses his basketball scholarship, and ends u ...more
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 can't happen in real live. Obviously it wasn't!

The book is about this guy named Ted York, a high school graduate that had everything going for him. He played basketball and even had a scholarship for college. But he has a problem: he's alcoholic. And during one short trip to pick up a drink, he got into a bad car acciden
Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)
Ted's life is forever changed the second he crashed his car. The drunk-driving incident lands him in AA, crushes his leg, ruins his dreams of playing basketball, and ultimately his scholarship is revoked. Ted thinks his life is basically over until one day a strange man makes him an offer he cannot refuse. He can get an excellent college education with just one exception: keep an eye on an extremely wealthy man's bulimic daughter, Erica. Ted thinks he is up for the task until the unexpected happ ...more
Dec 08, 2010 Kellie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought that this book was really hard to get into but once i got there this book was amazing! The girl that the book was written for touched my heart! I know people have eating disorders. My friends could have an eating disorder but you might not know. The main guy in this book is paid to follow this girl around and make sure that she isn't throwing up after meals. The book is written from the view a newspaper journalist. This review sounds a little jumpy and everywhere but i loved this book ...more
Jan 31, 2010 Claire rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ted liked to drink, a lot. And, after he gets into an accident due to drunk driving, his scholarship to NYU is taken away. He then realizes that he doesn't want to waste his life away so he stops. This is where Erica comes in, with her being bulminic her father starts to worry about her going of to college without any supervision. So he hires Ted to spy on her for him. It starts to work out as planned but then, Ted starts to fall for Erica and Erica starts to fall for Ted. Ted starts to regret ...more
Oct 08, 2013 Salina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I tried reading this novel twice in highschool, once my junior year and once my senior year. Both times were unsuccessful because I just couldn't seem to get into it. It's been a year and a half since my last attempt to read it and it's hard to believe that I ever disliked this book. This was an outstanding read. The descriptive language was spot on. Whenever I eat now I'm conscious of everything that's occurring in my mouth and with my teeth, etc. It's all due to this book. My imagination went ...more
Something that caught my eye and caused me to pick this book up is the subject matter and the format. I have never read a book about bulimia, a subject that is not often addressed, but I dare say is something that should be. This is a non-fiction novel meaning it is a novel that is based on a true story; which caught my attention. However, I was severely disappointed. This could quite possibly be one of the worst books I have ever read. There are multiple F-bombs on each page, absolutely no mora ...more
Nicki Novak
I liked this book. I really enjoyed the concept, and the fact that it followed two people with very different problems. I loved that they came together. However, I didn't really pick up on a lot of things that I felt like could've been easily explained. Maybe it was just me though. I rated this book 3 stars because of the amount of unanswered questions, and also because it took a little while for it to really take off. I would still recommend this to people who just want a quick read with a quir ...more
Cory Glick
Nov 07, 2014 Cory Glick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very well written and has and interesting format. The depiction of Erica's binges and purges were quite graphic, bordering on explicit. Hey were kind of pornographic, which makes a lot of sense when you find out how she feels about them. The psychologist/psychiatrist combination didn't make a lot of sense to me, I've rarely heard of someone who prescribes drugs to be that much in touch with their patients, but I like the idea. It was very interesting how paranoid she was about revel ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Linden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Eighth grade and up

This young author is the real McCoy. LoveSick tells the story of Ted whose talent in basketball promises to get him a full-ride scholarship to the college of choice. Ted, however, blows both by crashing his truck into a tree while drunk, severely damaging his knee. Ted's focus them becomes attending AA meetings instead of college.

Without scholarship or marketable skill, Ted can't believe his ears when he is offered a chance to attend college after all, courtety of a very rich man. So of course t
Rossana Snee
I have mixed feelings about this book. While I didn't love it, I didn't hate it. It was just okay. The writing was great, just that story didn't sit right with me. I loved Ted's character. He was a sweet, gentle guy. For the life of me I couldn't see what he saw in Erica. I didn't care for her at all. I found her quite rude. Yes, her father paid for Ted to keep an eye on her, but that's all. Erica was seriously sick. It seems to me her father just wanted to make sure she was okay. I honestly don ...more
Dec 31, 2008 Megan rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is probably one of the worst- no scratch that, the worst book EVER!!! I didnt get it at all, and it was sooooooooooooo stupid...I couldnt even finish it. The summary on the back of the book made it sound so interesting but when I read it, i was like WOW, that was horrible.
Mar 17, 2009 Missy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who can handle complicated, jumping around books
Recommended to Missy by: myself
this book was hard to understand, the text had too many complicated words (haha sounds like i'm stupid) and it didnt flow very well. the initial idea was good but i didnt like the book very well. and about half the book was landing the F-bomb.
Nov 25, 2015 Haley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Love Sick

Jake Coburn

3/5 Stars

Love Sick, Coburn's second novel, will suck you into his dramatic, fast paced love story. It is a read for one sitting, simply because it does not let you put it down. Although, being a short read it also brings a weaker story line, which results in the characters having little depth. That being said, I did highly enjoy the character Erica, who was unique and showed dozens of different personality traits, just not many of the other characters. This is a go
Alison ☆彡
Rating: 3,5 stars

“You know how they say the path to hell is paved with good intentions? Well, maybe the path to heaven is paved with bad ones.”
Steph Campbell
Mar 05, 2009 Steph Campbell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was ridiculously good! Truly, one of my fav's now. I loved the dialouge, I loved the fast pace of the book, I loved the characters...OMG so good!!
Dec 31, 2009 Renie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A book about an alcoholic male paid to spy on a bulimic female at college and their languid, uninteresting, ho-hum journey into a quasi-relationship. Blah...
Claire Fishman
I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about this book at first; while the premise seemed interesting enough, the simplicity of the writing seemed almost amateur. However, it's the personalities of the characters that sold this story for me. The dialogue breathed so much life and style, but I could picture each character (except for maybe Ted, hilariously enough) with such vivid and fine detail, all because of how they talked and presented themselves.

It was a fun read and a nice change of pace fr
Judy (Geeky Reading)

This book was mostly meh.

Erica is finally going away to college with her father’s permission, since she’s supposedly recovering from an eating disorder. Ted is a recovering alcoholic starting college just out of high school, and he’s been hired to watch Erica.

Given this plot line, of course this book is going to be dark. I expected Ted’s problems, what with not drinking in general, let alone as a college freshman living in the dorms. I didn’t expect Erica’s problem, or the detail in which it
Well, at first I was liking the characters and everything was fine. And then it went from mostly feasible to completely insane in a second. The ending felt so rushed and I would've liked a more drawn out "courtship". When Ted is in the hospital, I was surprised that James showed up because I was given no indication that they were that close of friends.. in fact, several times Ted admits to having no friends beyond Erica.. but he still has one willing to loan him a car free of charge and to visit ...more
Rating: Pg-13+
Grade:b-/3.5 stars
Cautions: This book discusses tough subjects. Eating Disorders (Bulimia/Alcoholism), heavy on language.
Recommendation: Read with caution, not for most readers

I picked up this book mostly because of the cover and the subject matter for my plane ride to China last year.
It was labeled as a YA book, so I was surprised that there was so much STRONG language. I was also surprised to learn that this is based on a true story.

This book is about a girl named Erica who is
Okay, I actually enjoyed it this time! Thank you, Jake Coburn, for being a gossip-whore or whatever you called yourself. Love your book. The first 30 pages or so are hard to get into, but once you start understanding the emails and realizing that Coburn likes to write a mega-lot of useless details, then it is a marvelous “fictional expose” (his words, not mine). LoveSick was a true story about two troubled teenagers heading off to college. Ted was accepted to an Ivy League school and offered a v ...more
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 different from what I'd expected. The first thing that surprised me is that this novel is based on a true story. In the beginning, the author talks about how he'd heard about Erica's and Ted's story actually happening and how he'd decided to turn it inot a novel, which is crazy - the idea for LoveSick is just so unlikely, ...more
Maria Gallo
Nov 17, 2010 Maria Gallo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 13, 2010 Jen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-for-fun
This was an interesting way to look into the worlds of alcoholism and bulemia. For both of these students, college can be a very frightening world. Think of the infinite possibilities for both of these afflictions to go virtually unnoticed if wanted. For Ted, the alcoholic, the college world was seemingly destroyed before he arrived there. His alcoholism lead him to a basketball career ending car accident and loss of his scholarships. Enter Erica's dad, who wants someone to watch over his daught ...more
Sep 29, 2010 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jake Coburn was born in New York City in 1978. He grew up on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and attended several different prep schools. In 2000, he graduated from Brown University magna cum laude with a degree in Modern Culture and Media.

Jake’s first novel, Prep (Dutton, 2003), is based on his teenage years, where he witnessed New York’s privileged offspring form some of the city’s most vicious stre
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