Love Is the Drug

by Alaya Dawn Johnson

Arthur A. Levine Books
October 2014

Ages 14 – 16 . Grades 9 – 11

Lexile measure: 840L

Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC's elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night.

Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart: A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something about the virus--something about her parents' top secret scientific work--something she shouldn't know.

The only one Bird can trust is Coffee, a quiet, outsider genius who deals drugs to their classmates and is a firm believer in conspiracy theories. And he believes in Bird. But as Bird and Coffee dig deeper into what really happened that night, Bird finds that she might know more than she remembers. And what she knows could unleash the biggest government scandal in US history.
Alaya Dawn Johnson

Alaya Dawn Johnson's first novel for young adults, The Summer Prince, received three starred reviews, was longlisted for the National Book Award, and was a Kirkus Best Book of the Year. She is also the author of Love Is the Drug. She grew up in Washington, DC, attended Columbia University, and now lives in New York City.


  • Praise for THE SUMMER PRINCE

    *"Like leaping into cold water on a hot day, this original dystopian novel takes the breath away, refreshes, challenges, and leaves the reader shivering but yearning for another plunge." -- BOOKLIST, starred review

    *"With its complicated history, founding myth, and political structure, Palmares Tres is compelling, as is the triple bond between June, Enki, and Gil as they challenge their world's injustices." -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, starred review

    *"An art project, a rebellion and a sacrifice make up this nuanced, original cyberpunk adventure.... Luminous." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS, starred review

    Longlisted for the National Book Award

    A KIRKUS Best Book of the Year



Jacketed Hardcover / Adhesive

ISBN: 9780545417815

352pp. | 5-½ x 8-¼