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...more
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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.
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 ...more
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!
If we learn anything from Jamie's adventures it's that being true yourself is the greatest freedom.
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.
An interesting idea, though I thought it was really obvious that (view spoiler)[Jamie was totally being manipulated (hide spoiler)]. Not sure what kind of message his actions really send - (view spoiler)[arson, larceny, and all the rest (hide spoiler)] - even though I can understand why he so badly wants to be straight, considering societal pressures and judgment.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
What did I really like? Klise gives an excellent portrayal of LGBT youth who are terrified to come out - feelings of fear and loathing and an overwhelming desire to do anything to be normal. It's easy to say that Jamie is making the wrong choice, taking a pill to "cure" his homosexuality - but at 15, I think ...more