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Little Pills

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Charlotte Navarro never asked to be anyone's hero. If you're a hero, your sister isn't supposed to hate you. And you're definitely not supposed to get hooked on Gramma's painkillers. Even so, Charlotte's sister's friend Mia looks at her like she's some sort of hero. As Charlotte starts taking pills more and more, she has to question how it could hurt her ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published January 15th 2019 by West 44 Books
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
There wasn't anything necessarily wrong with Little Pills, it just left me feeling like something was missing. I didn't really enjoy the dramatic narrative towards the end (how it would suddenly change to all caps and overusage of punctuation — I understand the idea behind it, but it didn't make me feel a sense of urgency as much as stronger phrasing would have), and the ending reminded me too much of the ending of Crank by Ellen Hopkins, which made it feel a little ripoff-y. Maybe I'm being unf ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of LITTLE PILLS by Melody Dodds in exchange for my honest review.***

*The ePub ARC copy I received was difficult to read due to formatting of letters on top of each other, so I had to do a little deciphering, which interfered with my enjoyment but did not factor into my review,

LITTLE PILLS, a novel in verse, tells a story of the impact pill addiction in an easily relatable manner that will appeal to middle grade, younger YA readers and
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Sammi  Brooks
Mar 06, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
I honestly don't see the point in this book, am I missing something?

The blurb makes it seem like this is going to be a fictional story of some kind, but it's just mixed "slam poetry" which isn't even that good. Nowhere, either on Amazon or Goodreads, does it mention that this is poetry. I only knew it was before I started reading because the publisher gave me that information before giving me a copy of the book.

If the book was written by a 17-year-old then I'd kind of understand why said 17-yea
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Krista (MoonDustBookLust)
Let me preface this review by letting you know that the e-ARC copy that I received of this book was in a PDF format that contained odd formatting. Some words had odd symbols or question marks instead of letters meaning I had to guess and stumble my way through some of it.

Little Pills a lyrically told tale of prescription pill abuse and addiction. We follow 17-year-old Charlotte through getting hooked on and addicted to Oxycodone, a highly addictive painkiller. The story is told in verse and bec
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Heather
Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I first started this and realized it was poetry, I didn't expect to like it. I found myself pleasantly surprised. The poetry format of the book helped to tell Char's story. It was completely honest story about how addiction can start and how we affect those around us. My only real complaint is that it did feel a bit short and rushed through.
Alyssa Chaney
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Check out this review and others at my blog Too Many Books!

A special thank you to Netgalley and West 44 books for providing a free advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

This verse novel follows Charlotte. One thing I find interesting in verse novels is that the plot can be a lot more relaxed, more about capturing moments in time and experiences. This is a perfect example of this collection of poetry that pieces experiences together to form a plot. The poems included were really g
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Jeremy Mifsud
Little Pills is a novel written in verse, following a seventeen-year-old teen with her drug addiction. I found the novel to be creative in its delivery and I couldn’t put it down even though I wasn’t in love with the writing.

What’s surprisingly good is that in a small number of pages, the author developed several characters and relationships; most characters made me feel something. There’s a solid backstory to the characters, and it highlights how drug addiction cannot be extracted from the envi
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Annette Jordan
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A powerful poetry book, Little Pills by Melody Dodds is the story of seventeen year old Charlotte Navarro, who is struggling in many areas of her life- constantly in detention in school, missing her older brother who is away in the army, fighting with her little sister and wishing her mother did not have to work so many hours to keep body and soul together. The only joys she has in her life are reading, her friend Alexis and her music. When she begins to take some of her grandmother's pain medic ...more
Kasia
Mar 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Little Pills follows the descent of 17 year old Charlotte as she deals with opioid addiction. Over the past year she has struggled with several losses - her brother joined the army, her sister hates her, her mother works too much and her stepfather spends all day in his bedroom after losing his job due to arthritis. The loss that hit her the hardest was that of her favourite teacher and librarian, who left the school without warning. Charlotte turns to pills to cope with her recent losses and nu ...more
Cara Davis
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
*An ARC for this book was provided by West 44 Books through Net Galley. This review is 100% my OWN opinion.*

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines addiction as a “compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance.” For some, these addictions can be as minuscule as a laptop or social media. For others, though, these addictions can become detrimental — affecting not only themselves, but the ones around them. For Melody Dodds’ novel, “Little Pills,” this is exactly what happens.

Told through
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Olivia
Mar 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I'd like to thank NetGalley and the publishers for providing me with and arc in exchange for an honest review.

This is most definitely not a book for everyone.
It brings up some pretty touchy subjects, namely mental illness in the form of addiction. I appreciate how the author essentially wrote a cautionary tale of the impact addiction not only has on and individual, but on others around them, and how difficult it is to truly quit.
Discussing mental illness is very important and must be done in t
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Hayley
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
From the very first poem I knew I would love this story immensely.. It reminded me of Crank by Ellen Hopkins. This book was written in short free very poems all about a young woman who gets hooked on her grandmother's painkillers. I liked how this story shows the effect that the drugs take on not just the user but the family's as well. I think that the poems helped take what could have been a very dark subject and made it a little bit more family friendly (if that's even possible). Very good boo ...more
Jennifer
Mar 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Seventeen-year-old Charlotte Navarro starts taking pills and more pills until her sister hates her, she meets a dangerous boy, and she steals from her Gramma. Will she get help before it's too late for her and her friends?
"Little Pills" tells a provocative story about addiction and how it affects individuals, families and relationships. I read the book in an hour because I couldn't put it down. But it's a tough read. Any book about addiction, particularly with teens, troubles me since addiction
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Ankita Singh
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, netgalley-books
Little Pills is a story-in-verses that talks about drug addiction. The verses flowed perfectly, and I couldn't stop myself from finishing the book in an hour. It was so good.

I especially loved the ending, since it was so full of hope and it left me with a smile. Nothing can be better than knowing that you'd accompanied a character in their journey towards becoming a better person than they'd been.

In the limited time they got within the verses, the characters all managed to look whole and real,
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