Thursday, December 17, 2015

Professionally Guinea Pig - WRI Reviews: Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson

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Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson
Pages: 298
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Source: Random House Children's Books
Format: Hardcover
Rating: ☆ ☆ ☆ 


Going Bovine meets Trainspotting in this gritty portrait of at-risk teens gaming the prescription drug trial system.

Meet Audie: Professional lab rat. Guinea pig. Serial human test subject. For Audie and her friends, “volunteering” for pharmaceutical drug trials means a quick fix and easy cash.
Sure, there’s the occasional nasty side effect, but Audie’s got things under control. If Monday’s pill causes a rash, Tuesday’s ointment usually clears it right up. Wednesday’s injection soothes the sting from Tuesday’s “cure,” and Thursday’s procedure makes her forget all about Wednesday’s headache. By the time Friday rolls around, there’s plenty of cash in hand and perhaps even a slot in a government-funded psilocybin study, because WEEKEND!

But the best fix of all is her boyfriend, Dylan, whose terminal illness just makes them even more compatible. He’s turning eighteen soon, so Audie is saving up to make it an unforgettable birthday. That means more drug trials than ever before, but Dylan is worth it.
No pain, no gain, Audie tells herself as the pills wear away at her body and mind. No pain, no gain, she repeats as her grip on reality starts to slide. . . .

Raw and irreverent, Placebo Junkies will captivate readers until the very end, when author J. C. Carleson leans in for a final twist of the knife.

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My Review
There is a lot going on in this book. Basically Audie is a lab rat. She sacrifice her body and mental state for money. It's a fast way to make money without being in an office job. It wasn't that surprise about how dark this book turned out to be. Since Audie is homeless and of course, a pill junkie. There are some light moment. Audie, herself, is a sarcastic character which also works to help lighten the mood. If you get emotional involved with reading I suggested reading, watching, or listening to something lighthearted before and after this read. This is a read that may make you feel as though you were a guinea pig right along with the characters.

About the Author
J.C. Carleson never intended to be an author. Although she was always a proficient writer of term papers, reports, and other necessary but mundane documents, she didn't consider herself cut out for the creative life.

Nearly a decade as an officer in the CIA's clandestine service changed that.

With her head now brimming with stories of intrigue, scandal, and exotic locales, Carleson was finally ready to give writing a shot. Her fiction and non-fiction works alike tap into her unique experiences, drawing readers into the highly charged, real world of espionage.

Author Links
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