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Love Is the Drug

By Alaya Dawn Johnson   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545417815 Hardcover
352 Pages | 5.8" x 8.55" | Ages 14 & Up

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780545662895 Ebook
352 Pages | Ages 14 & Up

John Grisham's The Pelican Brief meets Michael Crichton's The Andromeda Strain - at an elite prep school.

Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC's elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night.

Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something about the virus - something about her parents' top secret scientific work - something she shouldn't know.

The only one Bird can trust is Coffee, a quiet, outsider genius who deals drugs to their classmates and is a firm believer in conspiracy theories. And he believes in Bird. But as Bird and Coffee dig deeper into what really happened that night, Bird finds that she might know more than she remembers. And what she knows could unleash the biggest government scandal in US history.

Raves & reviews:

Praise for Love is the Drug:

"Equal parts character study and thriller, Love Is the Drug offers a gripping study of identity, sly social commentary, and a chilling glimpse of a dystopia that's just around the corner."-National Public Radio

"Love Is the Drug is a suspenseful, empowering and emotionally honest read."-BookPage

"Johnson (The Summer Prince, 2013) has once again crafted a consuming story, this time intertwining politics, medicine, the idiosyncrasies of family and friendship ties, and one potentially fatal attraction. Riveting in both its pacing and plausibility."-Booklist

".a strong narrative voice and a vivid point of view." -Horn Book

"The often lyrical third-person, present-tense narration, the compelling romance and the richly developed cast of characters elevate this novel far above more formulaic suspense fare." -Kirkus Reviews

"The mystery at the heart of this novel is compelling and will keep readers hooked."-RT Book Reviews

"Teens looking for a fast-paced tale with diverse characters will find it in Johnson's latest offering."-School Library Journal

"This action-packed narrative is beautifully complicated.Johnson captures wondrously complex dynamics in the simplest of interactions.gradually the personal and the political dovetail into a powerful call to action."-The New York Times Book Review