#FridayReads: Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson

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#FridayReads is a weekly meme hosted by yours truly 🙂 In this meme I discuss what I’m reading this weekend, how I’m liking it so far and if I plan on reviewing it. I am reading this weekend…


Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson

Genre: Science Fiction
Pages: 304
Release Date:October 27, 2015 
Format:Physical copy 
Publisher:Random House


Summary from Goodreads:

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.





So far I’ve only read about thirteen pages of Placebo Junkies and I HAD to put it down! I was really freaked out! I have trypanophobia which means “a fear of needles and injections” So reading about them mutilating themselves to earn more money and getting injections is very uncomfortable for me to read about. I ‘m kinda torn because on one hand I think the book is fascinating and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen but, on the other hand I’m completely grossed out by this book. Hopefully I’ll pick it up again today since I’ll be going to New York City for the afternoon and I’ll have plenty of time to read on the train. Oh, who am I kidding I’ll probably just talk the whole time. So, I need for you guys to in some way remind me to read because I’m also going away on Sunday and Placebo Junkies review is due on Tuesday! Ugh, I’m already stress eating.

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What are you reading this weekend? What book or books have grossed you out? Do you have any phobias that you don’t like reading about in books? Let me know in the comments!

7 thoughts on “#FridayReads: Placebo Junkies by J.C. Carleson

  1. Whoa, I haven’t heard of this book but it sounds…. Intriguing? Disturbing? I’m not sure, maybe both! I can understand why you had to put it down! I don’t have a fear of needles (though they DO hurt and I don’t like them and avoid them when I can), so I can’t even imagine trying to read this book with trypanophobia! If you’re able to pick it back up, I hope you enjoy it! And if you can’t pick it back up, then don’t worry, just move on to something that doesn’t creep you out! Reading should be fun!!!

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    • You’re right reading should be fun. I did pick it back up because it’s so fascinating reading about these human “guinea pigs”. As I have gotten further along in the book there aren’t as many graphic scenes. Thanks for stopping by and commenting 😀


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