Booktalking "Charisma" by Jeanne Ryan
Imagine that you could become instantly vivacious and popular. A lot of your friends and peers might jump at that chance, too. Everyone might jump at that chance, too. We live in a pill-popping culture -- just take a pill and your life will be perfect. Right? Any adverse consequences? Just don't worry about it.
Unfortunately, perfection comes with a price.
Aislyn meets Dr. Sternfield in the course of supporting her brother, Sammy, who suffers from cystic fibrosis. He hopes to be randomly selected for a gene therapy that could cure his illness. The doctor approaches Aislyn and some of the siblings of ill children with a proposition: would they like their dreams of becoming social butterflies to materialize out of thin air... or an injection?
Everything seems deliriously happy until the teenagers start developing a strange illness.
Not surprisingly, Dr. Sternfield is not available for comment.
This is an interesting thriller about genetic manipulation.