Roxy by Neal and Jarrod Shusterman

This dynamic team of father and son never disappoint! I’ve had my eyes on this book for a long while, and I’m excited to share it with you.

Thank you Simon Teen for my gifted copy in exchange for my honest review.

Synopsis: The freeway is coming. It will cut the neighborhood in two. Construction has already started, pushing toward this corridor of condemned houses and cracked concrete with the momentum of the inevitable. Yet there you are, in the fifth house on the left, fighting for your life. Ramey, I. The victim of the bet between two manufactured gods: the seductive and lethal Roxy (Oxycontin), who is at the top of her game, and the smart, high-achieving Addison (Adderall), who is tired of being the helpful one, and longs for a more dangerous, less wholesome image. The wager—a contest to see who can bring their mark to “the Party” first—is a race to the bottom of a rave that has raged since the beginning of time. And you are only human, dazzled by the lights and music. Drawn by what the drugs offer—tempted to take that step past helpful to harmful…and the troubled places that lie beyond. But there are two I. Rameys—Isaac, a soccer player thrown into Roxy’s orbit by a bad fall and a bad doctor and Ivy, his older sister, whose increasing frustration with her untreated ADHD leads her to renew her acquaintance with Addy. Which one are you?

This is a deep story. If you struggle with drugs or are affected by someone who does, let this be a warning to you. I can see how this book can affect people from all walks of live who have dealt with OxyContin and/or Adderall. I think this is an incredibly thought-provoking story and really unique in it’s plot. It brings to light a lot of societal issues that really do need to be addressed. While I have seen reviews from people who are concerned about the way Adderall is expressed in this book, I didn’t find offense to it or think it was not shared in an appropriate light (and this is coming from someone who has taken this medication on and off in my lifetime to treat my ADD). I think the character development and relationships shared in this story really are what make this read all worth while.

4/5 Stars

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