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Love is the drug

by Johnson, Alaya Dawn, 1982-

Format: Print Book 2014
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Penn Hills Library Youth Y JOH
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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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The U.S is in a state of panic: a lethal flu virus has become a pandemic, and international conspiracy theories abound. Emily Bird, whose absent parents are scientists for the CIA, watches as her city of Washington, D.C., her elite private high school, and even her own home are quarantined. And while her community and the rest of the country fall into a tailspin, Bird has a much closer danger at hand: Roosevelt Davis, a homeland security agent, is threatening her and Coffee, the drug-dealing son of a Brazilian diplomat, to whom Bird has a moth-to-the-flame kind of attraction. What Bird knows about the virus or what Roosevelt thinks she knows and what Coffee has done threaten their well-being more than any virus could. And somehow amid all the peril, Bird finds a self-awareness that has laid dormant her entire life. 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.--Walters Wright, Lexi Copyright 2014 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Emily Bird knows what she's supposed to do: graduate from her posh Washington, D.C., prep school; attend an Ivy League school; hold onto her appropriate boyfriend; keep her too-kinky hair chemically tamed; and assume her place among the elite. But a flu pandemic, which may be bioterrorism, means drones, tanks, quarantines, and more work for Emily's parents-government scientists so busy that they don't come home when Emily ends up in the hospital. That's where Johnson's story starts, with Emily under government observation, wondering whom to trust, and trying to figure out whether she's ready to quit being good-girl Emily and become independent Bird. Johnson (The Summer Prince) blends high school drama, cloak-and-dagger intrigue, race and class inequities, coming of age, and a passionate love story, blending these disparate elements into a narrative that both requires and repays attention. Watching Bird make her way through a world filled with dangers-biological, political, personal-and find not just love, but also herself, makes for rewarding reading. Ages 14-up. Agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects African American teenagers -- Fiction.
African American families -- Fiction.
Teenagers -- Drug use -- Fiction.
Elite (Social sciences) -- Fiction.
Washington (D.C.) -- Fiction.
Young adult fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2014
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 335 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780545417815
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