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Subject: Drugs in books
Date Posted: 12/31/2008 10:37 PM ET
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Is it just me, or are you weirded out how characters in a lot of chick lit books completely do crazy amounts of drugs as if it's nothing? I'm reading "Pants on Fire" by Maggie Alderson (it's great!) and the main character swipes coke into her gums as if it's Trident! A lot of the books I seem to read are the same - I remember thinking this about "Rachel's Holiday" (of course, her holiday ends up being in drug rehab, but they often don't). It always just gives me pause, like I'm thinking, "No one in MY life or circle of friends is this lax about doing drugs." True, I grew up with "Just Say No" and very protective parents, but still! It doesn't stop my enjoyment of the books at all though :-), I still love them!

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 8:19 AM ET
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The main character in The Washingtonienne is high through most of the book! lol It's almost shocking that they didn't find her dead of an OD by the end.

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 2:41 PM ET
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Yes, I have noticed it as well. It really surprises me, too, because  I am also part of the "Just Say No" generation (as are most of the characters in these books). The main character in Hunger Strike (which deals mostly with eating disorders) pops Valiums constantly.I

think Rachel's Holiday was great book, and I was glad to see that the subject of addiction was handled in such a manner.

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 5:21 PM ET
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Virginia, was that "Hunger Strike" by Susie Orbach? I just looked it up b/c sometimes books on ED can be of interest to me (such as "Wasted" - OMG, what a blurging of emotions, my goodness, I felt raw just reading it). Anyway, I couldn't find anything else by that title so I wanted to ask. Would you recommend it? It's not "chick lit" but I also sometimes like to go for the memoirs that read like fiction (along with "Wasted" things like "Pledged," "Smashed," etc) and would consider putting it on my wish list. Thanks!

Date Posted: 1/1/2009 11:04 PM ET
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Oops! It's Hunger Point by Jillian Medoff. It was made into a Lifetime movie. I never saw it, though. It was different than I had expected, but I enjoyed it!