(, July 15, 2014)
To Violet Warner, high school had become a dull and monotonous grind. She was tired of her parents’ constant nagging and ridiculous expectations. She was tired of being unpopular, and fed up with being ignored by the boy of her dreams. She longed for a carefree, happy life; free of pressure and stress. Violet wished she had the courage to stand up to her overbearing parents, ask out the star of the football team, and cast off the shackles of her shyness. All of that changed when Violet got her hands on an experimental antidepressant drug undergoing clinical trials. It worked like magic. Overnight, her life completely turned around. Violet felt confident, sexy, and above all, happy. Within weeks she had taken charge of her life, and earned herself a spot at the popular table. Violet felt as though she had finally arrived where she belonged. This elation is short-lived, however, as Violet’s dream quickly becomes a horrific nightmare as she learns the awful price of chemical happiness. In this story of drug abuse and psychodrama, 17 year-old bestselling author Cameron Carpenter cleverly reimagines the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tale in a high school setting. It is a gripping novella that will thrill readers of all ages.