A chance at the ultimate makeover means deadly consequences in this Sarah Dessen-meets-Robin Cook thriller. Aislyn suffers from crippling shyness—that is, until she’s offered a dose of Charisma, an underground gene therapy drug guaranteed to make her shine. The effects are instant. She’s charming, vivacious, and popular. But strangely, so are some other kids she knows. The media goes into a frenzy when the disease turns contagious, and then deadly, and the doctor who gave it to them disappears. Aislyn must find a way to stop it, before it’s too late.
Part medical thriller, part social justice commentary, Charisma will have readers on the edge of their seats.
Little bit worried that the summary calls itself a social justice commentary piece, but who knows? This might be the kind of book that can be taught in a class and enjoyed with a cup of tea in footsie pajamas. A part of me is a little curious if the drug turns people into zombies because strange illness usually are zombies, but maybe this will be different.