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 with Celia Gamez, the richest and most beautiful girl in school. And when he steals an experimental new drug that’s supposed to “cure” his attraction to guys, Jamie thinks he’s finally going to have a “normal” life. But as the drug’s side effects worsen and his relationship with Celia heats up, Jamie begins to realize that lying and using could shatter the fragile world of deception that he’s created-and hurt the people closest to him. Told with equal doses of humor and suspense, Love Drugged explores the consequences of a life constructed almost entirely of lies . . . especially the lies we tell ourselves.
Page Count: 312
Trim Size: 5.19 x 8
Rights Territory: Worldwide
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / LGBT
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Peer Pressure
James Klise (Chicago, IL) is a high school librarian and adviser for the student literary journal, book club, and the Gay-Straight Alliance. His short stories have appeared in many journals, including StoryQuarterly, New Orleans Review, Ascent, and Southern Humanities Review. Love Drugged is his first novel.
“Told with a dark sense of humor, the novel gives readers a firsthand look at the pressures closeted gay teens can face.” — Chicago Tribune
“One of, to my mind, the finest young adult novels. Fabulous.” — Rick Kogan, host of The Sunday Papers on WGN-AM in Chicago
A 2011 American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book in Children’s & Young Adult
A Lambda Literary Award Finalist (LGBT Children’s/Young Adult)