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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  2,064 ratings  ·  182 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
Paperback, 228 pages
Published June 14th 2007 by Speak (first published September 22nd 2005)
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Jan 27, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Nov 11, 2012 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
Dec 31, 2009 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...
Oct 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ir
Overall, this book turned some completely unexpected turns and kept me on the edge of my seat. Ted is an alcoholic who lost his leg in a basketball incident, taking away his full ride to college. Michael, also in the group, offers him a task that will get him a full ride in honor of his work- he has to spy on Michaels boss' daughter during college. Not only does Ted accept the offer, he ends up cherishing the friendship he builds up with her and starts to be distant in his report emails. Michael ...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 accide
Apr 25, 2009 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
Mar 26, 2013 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
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
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
Nov 15, 2010 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 27, 2010 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 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
Dec 25, 2008 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 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.
Steph Campbell
Feb 25, 2009 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!!
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Absolutely fantastic. I can't even express how stunned I feel at the raw power and emotion of Coburn's storytelling. When I read Erica's first binging and purging scene in the book, it was bulimia stripped down to its shocking core. The casualness and methodical movements Erica went through in preparing everything for the climax of vomiting into the toilet paired with the intimate detail of her savoring three boxes of sugary doughnuts in a rigid time frame was completely astonishing and gave me ...more
Aug 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me forever to read this book, not because it wasn't good, but simply due to the fact that I've gone back to work and my 20-book 'Rona stint unfortunately came to an end. Also, I moved and I was so excited about perfecting my little library room that I did very little reading. But this book was as wonderful a read the second time around as it was the first. The story is so adorable, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a quick read, or anyone struggling with the themes ass ...more
Lily Medley
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this book was hard to understand at first but once i got all of the characters into line and was able to understand the dialogue clearly it was such a good book and it really touched on some of the darker reality's that we as a society face today that most authors don't want to write about to i liked the subject matter and how the two main characters could be there for each other to support each other.
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: shelf-collection
This book was slow paced to me. The only part I enjoyed was when they first met each other other than that it was just awkward conversation after another. The ending was boring. The amount of cursing was just excessive. I didn’t really favor any characters which it’s important to have on character (at least) that you like in any story.
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was really hard to get into but I did actually get into and it was really good for awhile! But then it just got really slow and boring. It wasn’t all too interesting and the characters were just eh. Nothing spectacular but it was ok.
It satrts off abit slow and confusing, but once i got the jist of what he was doing Oh Lord i was obssesed This is One of my Nreew favorite books im enjoying it at i go and i have to say it just gets better and better im so in love
Theresa Brewer

I had a hard time following parts of the book. I did like the fact that it brought everyday issues of abuse to light. Wasn't what I thought though.
Sarah Decker
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked the concept and premise of this book but it never developed to the full potential. It did have creative use of emails, instant messages and other forms of communication throughout the story.
Ally Araujo
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joanne W
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Weird ending. Far fetched story.
Irene Covarrubias
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
It was ok. But it’s not a book you hah esto read. And it’s weird at the end. So many missing details.
Allison Janicki
Trigger warning: graphic descriptions of bingeing and purging.

An attempt of an interesting storyline; was not carried through all that well. I felt no connection with the characters nor what happened to them.
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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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