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Love Drugged

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  812 ratings  ·  129 reviews

If you could change who you are, would you? Should you?

Fifteen-year-old Jamie Bates has a simple strategy for surviving high school: fit in, keep a low profile, and above all, protect his biggest secret--he's gay. But when a classmate discovers the truth, a terrified Jamie does all he can to change who he is. At first, it's easy. Everyone notices when he starts hanging out

Paperback, 306 pages
Published September 8th 2010 by Flux (first published September 1st 2010)
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May 26, 2011 rated it liked it
When I was a wee little boy and my eye began to linger a bit longer on the boys it was right around the time I began to reread the books of my early days as a reader. All the books I read, especially the one's by Judy Blume centered on some young protagonist whom felt they were different than everyone around them. I picked several favorites and read and reread them over and over savoring the outsider tales identifying with them deeply.

If I had come across a book like Love Drugged during my early
Jan 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbt-books
This book is great for LGBT teens. It tells the story of a high school boy, Jamie, who finds a pill to make him straight. He knows he's gay but can't face the truth of who he is. He tries to date the most popular girl at school, Celia, but he is never sexually attracted to her. They become great friends and Jamie even goes on vacation with her family, but there is always something missing.

Celia's father is a scientist who is developing a drug called Rehomoline, which is supposed to make gay peo
Jan 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Stereotypical gay male character. This turned me off and I put the book down. I'm a gay male myself and this just made me angry. The author pinned the main character as a cliche homosexual and it just didn't go well with me. ...more
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-lgbt, ya-read
This is an outstanding book, with an interesting, almost fantasy type of theme. Jamie is 15 years old and trying to get through school without anyone discovering he is gay. The one outlet he allows himself is participating in an online chatline of gay boys who like movies. Jamie is fine, enjoying this one release, until mistakenly he provides real information to one chatter, only to discover the boy is not only in his high school, but on one of the other library computers.

When Jamie becomes invo
Sarah Rosenberger
Feb 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen-fiction, lgbtq
Wait, what?

Love Drugged started off with a very interesting premise - What if there was a pill that could turn gay people straight? - but was almost immediately derailed by unrealistic dialogue, one predictable subplot (the coffee shop) and one completely unbeliveable subplot (the ritalin thing...seriously?), and a ridiculous climax and ending that seemed to have been air-lifted in from a Young James Bond novel.

Amanda Ferris
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book kept me paying attention throughout the entire time of reading it. It was very well written. While I was reading it I always wanted to know what would happen next, so many interesting things happened, what with the fire, the sudden trip to Mexico, and the typical day of Jamie's life. It shows real emotion and and confusion of Jamie being gay and I feel like in the real world many people could relate to how he's feeling. This book also humored me many times, Jamie's inside thought can s ...more
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Mrs. Palmer
What if there was a drug that could remove homosexual tendencies? That's the premise of this book. Jamie is a 15 year old and he's gay. He wishes more than anything to just be normal, and when he comes across the chance to "be normal", as in not gay, he goes for it, and takes an experimental drug. The drug works, but Jamie realizes his mistake and comes to accept himself for who he is. The Chicago setting was fun. The story is not dark in any way, despite the potential to be a serious topic.
Samiha Sultana
Sep 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is about and boy named James and he is gay but he doesn't want anyone to know that he is gay, but one day one his class mates finds out his secret. And they only thing James know to do to protect his cover was to started dating a girl. The girls dad knows that James is gay so he tells James about a pill that can "cure" gayness. James goes and stills some pills. James girlfriends father started to blackmail him, in the end James gets kicked off of his school and he leave him family and ...more
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I heard Klise speak at ALA and I was so taken with him; I nodded at everything he said about reaching reluctant readers, and I was intrigued by the work he does as a school librarian at a (unionized!) charter school in Chicago. So it was doubly exciting to realize that he is also the author of this book I'd been wanting to read.

There are important messages in this book, and it speaks to a certain experience of being in the closet. I just didn't love the story. I found it rather contrived, and I
Karly Kirkpatrick
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I found Klise's debut to be fascinating. Diving into the mind of a gay male teen was definitely a new adventure for me, but I felt like Jamie, the main character, and I were old friends. I also thought the premise was really something. We are so over-medicated in this country and the thought that there is a medication to cure everything, even homosexuality, was very poignant.

If we learn anything from Jamie's adventures it's that being true yourself is the greatest freedom.

This book... the ending was very sudden I think. Like, in the beginning, you think that the ending will be long by the way he's telling it, but it's really just a summary. I suppose he did that so the book wouldn't get too long...

Anyways, I like the book!
Feb 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
I think the lesson of this is a good one. And the concept was a unique one when I first read this.

But I found myself just bored with the beginning and middle of this book. It was so boring and monotonous and didn't make a lot of sense. Also, Jamie likes Ivan ... why? Because most of it was just sexual. They barely knew each other. And also, the rejection. Why. Just why.

The end was so horrible, I remember flipping through.
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredibly good read. The topic and plot were ENTIRELY different from and book I have ever read. Every chapter was filled with suspense, and I could not stop wondering (and dreading) the outcome. The plot twist shocked me so badly that I had to reread it a few times. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone and everyone because it is so interesting and unique and never ceased to make me stop thinking.
Bella Brown
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Our protagonist Jamie is trying his best to maintain an adequate school reputation like any teenager his age would do and keep his secrets and personal issues confidential. Yet, he is in a constant fear of his biggest secret of all being revealed; he's gay. However, a classmate of Jamie's discovers his secret and he is bound to not let it get out to any of his friends or family. In an attempt to "cure" himself and preserve his reputation, Jamie does all he can to change who he is- even drugs. ...more
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
This one was only okay for me. I did like the idea of the story, a pill that could make someone no longer have homosexual attractions. Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not takes a similar concept and does a much better job with it. I felt that the conclusion of the story was very rushed and I wanted to know more about Celia and how she was dealing with everything that happened. All of the characters seemed one note and were relatively boring. A good read, not a great one.
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
3.5 stars maybe?

An interesting idea, though I thought it was really obvious that (view spoiler). Not sure what kind of message his actions really send - (view spoiler) - even though I can understand why he so badly wants to be straight, considering societal pressures and judgment.
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
interesting concept, but i didn't really like how the author put a drug that keeps you from being homosexual... even though the author cleared it up in the authors note that he didnt think that there should be such pill and that its okay to be gay, it still seemed a little off-putting. idk read if you want. it's interesting. ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, ya-lit-class
Love Drugged is amazing! I chose to read this book because the concept has always fascinated me. I have a lot of gay friends some of whom are very unaccepting of their own sexuality. A few have spoken to me about the possibility of changing that about themselves. It got me wondering how a drug like would affect the mind of a person or even the world. Those aforementioned friends would be the first I'd recommend this to. It's also a great read for anyone who is struggling to accept a concept abou ...more
Jun 23, 2018 rated it liked it
now that I really think about it, this book sounds like conversion therapy. I mean the guy drove himself crazy trying to be attracted to the girl he had a hard time being around intimately.
Bailey Conn
Feb 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Interesting and unique concept.
Jen  Bigheart
Nov 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
I think the synopsis is an excellent question and really is the heart of this story. If you could change who you are, would you? For 15 yo Jamie, it was a resounding yes. He was not comfortable with his attraction to other boys. He certainly didn't welcome the dreams of his hot classmate Ivan. Jamie wanted to fit in; be normal. He saw enough movies to know that stories of people who came out of the closet didn't always have a happy ending. He starts to explore his homosexual feelings by surfing ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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TAKE A DOSE OF "LOVE DRUGGED"! Side effects include: laughing out loud, insomnia (from wanting to finish), and being one step closer to finding your identity.

Jamie Bates may seem like any other teenage guy on the outside, but deep down he knows he is far from it. His constant attraction to other guys could be a huge hint that he's gay, yet Jamie does not want to come to this conclusion. In a world where phrases like "no homo" a
Dec 26, 2011 rated it liked it
LOVE DRUGGED was kind of a sad book to read. Not that it actually made me sad but it was sad to see a boy so uncomfortable with himself that he'd be willing to pop unknown pills and suffer through some horrifying side effects just to be "normal." But I guess it's true, isn't it? Even the author admitted in his blurb at the end, that if given the chance when he was Jamie's age he would have taken Dr. Gamez's wonder pills and see if they helped. The fictional character and the real one can't be th ...more
Gay teenager Jamie has caught the attention of the most beautiful girl in school. He is ecstatic... If only he was actually attracted to her. He's not. But when he finds out about her father's experimental drug meant to change boys like him, Jamie finds hope for the first time... But can it actually work?

When I think about Love Drugged the first thing that comes to my mind is the word true. Then real. Because Love Drugged is both of these things and more. If asked, how many teenage (and even adu
Aug 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I love the idea for this novel! A drug that could "cure" homosexuality - that's crazy; scary, even. The idea is fascinating, and I was very excited to read Love Drugged. Sadly, though, the novel didn't turn out as great as I'd hoped - I had issues with the characters and the plot development, which made it hard for me to really enjoy this novel.

The characters were my main problem with Love Drugged - they're severely underdeveloped. I never got a clear grasp on Jamie as a person - to me, there wa
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it
Love Drugged by James Klise – Review
Bambi Nyembo
Gr. 8

Love Drugged is by James Klise is about a Chicago teenager named Jaime Bates that is 100% sure he is gay but he isn’t looking for a relationship. When one of his classmates figure out his secret, Jamie’s whole life turns around. He tries to “prove” himself by dating Celia Gomez. Celia is a pretty, funny ordinary smart girl and plus she is into Jamie. But Jamie isn’t attracted to her in that way. Celia’s dad is a doctor and he gets Jamie’s han
Tania Maradiaga
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
To put this bluntly, I chose to read the book Love Drugged by James Klise because 1. I thought the cover was cute, and two, it seemed interesting to read about and step into the life of a gay fifteen-year-old who’d do just about anything to become straight but come out of the closet. This story is about a teen named Jamie Bates who’d do whatever it took to become straight. Just the thought of revealing himself as homosexual terrifies him. He falls in love with a the richest, prettiest girl in al ...more
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbt, young-adult
3.5 stars. Very enjoyable and worthwhile YA novel about a gay teenager who tries an experimental drug to make him straight. I really enjoyed the character development in this book, especially the friendship between Jamie and Celia which felt very realistic and portrayed the way a close friendship can develop with shared humor and opening new worlds to each other. I appreciated how Jamie struggled to understand his own feelings toward Celia - e.g. "Am I physically attracted to her or do I just li ...more
Jerica Griffin
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: gay/questioning youth, homophobics, people who want an inside view on the struggles to be gay
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