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Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: Pharmacology

Pharamacology
Author: Christopher Herz
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Audiobook: 6 hours and 16 minutes
Narrator: Kate Rudd

Source: Purchased from Audible.com
Buy the Book: Amazon
 Book Description
1993. San Francisco. The digital and pharmaceutical industries are booming. They're looking for the young, the hip, and those on the counterculture fringe to be both the face and consumer of their new world order. Recruited by an advertising agency focused on targeting a new drug to her own age demographic, Sarah Striker is grateful for the steady income, but begins to question the side effects of the products she's pushing.
Sarah begins publishing an underground 'zine to expose the secrets behind the pharmaceutical industry's aims. Fulfilled by her quest to spread the truth, her new life seems to be working out perfectly--until she realizes that she herself is perilously close to becoming a victim of this new corporate world.
A kinetic, hyper-stylized jolt of pure energy, Herz delivers a strong follow up to his debut novel, The Last Block in Harlem. Full of vibrant characters and razor-sharp dialogue, Pharmacology captures the voice of the Internet generation with style, heart, and soul.
Review
I have never ever heard of this book and found it when I did a search for audiobooks narrated by Kate Rudd.  You know Kate!  She narrated The Fault In Our Stars!  I loved her work with that book so much it made me purchase this one solely based on her work (and the price of course).  
This story centers around Sarah Striker, a young high school graduate who moves to San Francisco to make some money to help pay for her father's cancer treatment.  At the time of her leaving Kansas City, Mo. San Francisco is on the verge of the 90's internet boom and there are new and exciting things popping up everywhere.  Like cafe's offering internet and computer usage.  
This story was not a huge hit for me.  There were a few things I was not really into.  Most of the male authors I have read that write from a female perceptive seem to get women.  Really get them in an errie kinda way.  It's like they become a women while writing the book.  I didn't have that feeling at all with this book.  Sarah just seemed to be so one dimensional and have no real interest.  She just hung out with friends who had interesting drug habits and almost surreal lives.  I found it hard to connect with her and I really wanted toAlso, I am not really into the young drug addicts slowly killing themselves stories.  (a la Trainspotting)Those kinds of characters are everywhere in this book and in Sarah's life.  Is that normal for a non-drug using 18-ish young girl from Missouri to get hooked into that crowd and stay clean the whole time?
There were some great points to this story.  Really!  One, the overall topic of where and who created ADD as well as the behind the scenes of the big pharmaceutical companies was extremely interesting.  I have to say now I don't look at their commerical the same way anymore.  I have no idea if the author based the story point on real information but it seems real to me. Second, Kate Rudd (narrator) did a good jobIn the beginning of the book she was not as "ON" as she was toward the middle and end of the audiobook.  So far, The Fault In Our Stars is by far her best.  
I will be looking at other audiobooks by her.    

Reviews by Other Bloggers

Recommendations
I recommend this book to adults due to the sexual references and drug usage.
Challenges
This book is number 17 in my Good Reads Challenge
This book is number 10 in my Audiobook Challenge  

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