What are the best fiction books about drug addiction?

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    Matched is the first book in the dystopian series Matched written by Ally Condie which centers on Cassia who is living in a society where the officials decide everything such as your lover, work and the date of your death. 

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    Abhinav Chavan
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I bought this book thinking it would be about drug addiction. This book has absouletly nothing to do with drug addiction. It is about a dystopian society and a woman's struggle in it. "
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    Fablehaven is the first book in Brandon Mull's Fablehaven series. Published by Shadow Mountain on June 14, 2006, Fablehaven is about Kendra and her brother Seth and their quest to save Fablehaven.


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    Diana Carlson
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I really enjoyed this book even though the series gets pretty weird. This novel starts the story and really gets into the lives of our heroes. The best book in the series always seems to be the first."
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    #3Book of a Thousand Days

    Book of a Thousand Days
    Book of a Thousand Days is a novel by Shannon Hale. It tells the story of Dashti, who gets locked into a tower with her mistress, Lady Saren, after the lady refused her father's command to marry. Despite being sequestered, Dashti finds love.

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    Lawrence Dean
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "An enjoyable light fantasy novel. The author is Shannon Hale and she is really prestigious by creating great novels! "
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    #4Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 

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    #5The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)

    The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)

    The Goose Girl is a young adult fantasy novel by Shannon Hale. It tells the story of Princess Anidori-Kiladra Talianna Isilee and her magical ability to speak to birds. It is the first book in the Books of Bayern series.


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    Vishal Subramanium
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This pretty much has no barring on the topic at home. While the book is very good this would not be what you are looking for when it comes to drug addiction."
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    Edenbrooke is the first book in the historical romance series Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson which centers on Marianne Daventry who joins her sister Cecily at a country estate to relax, but her plans don't go according to her plan.


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    Maria Welch
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book wasn't quite what I was expecting. I was led to believe that a character had to deal with addiction in the story, but quickly realized that this was not the case. The characters faced other hardships, but no addiction. I still found it a fun read despite my initial confusion."
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    #7Princess Academy

    Princess Academy

    Princess Academy is a novel by Newbery Honor-winning author, Shannon Hale. It tells the story of a girl named Miri as she attends a princess academy with other girls from her village, all in the hopes of becoming chosen by the prince.


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    Matthew Hayes
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This book is about a girl who wishes to be picked by a prince to be a princess. It has nothing to do with any drug addiction."
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    #8Acceptable Risk

    Acceptable Risk

    Acceptable Risk by Robin Cook is a medical thriller book published in 1994. This novel follows the story of a scientist named Edward Armstrong who is doing a medical test and decided to inject to himself the drugs that he is working on.


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    Marcela Vera
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "While Acceptable Risk looks like an interesting read, it isn't really about drug addiction. It's about the making of new pharmaceuticals. You'll want to look elsewhere if you are looking to read about drug addiction."
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    #9Go Ask Alice

    Go Ask Alice

    Anonymously written, Go Ask Alice is a diary—which may be real or fictional— of a teenage girl who got sucked into a drug-filled world. This book chronicles her descent into addiction, as she takes to drugs to escape real life.


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    Magdalena Palacios
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "Go Ask Alice was one of my favorite books as a teenager. It is about a young girl struggling with addiction to deal with her less than perfect real life. This book is one of my favorites, and I've recommended it to several people."
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    #10American Flowers

    American Flowers
    American Flowers is a contemporary young adult novel by Michael A. McLellan. It tells the story of two teenagers, Chris and Allie, who turn to drugs to escape from the world of neglect they grew up in.

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    Roger Kelley
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I bought this book for my son and he hated it! After reading it myself I find it easy to see why! This book is filth, and the author should be ashamed. Pure drug propaganda. Not for those in touch with themselves and with god."
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    Awakenings is written by Oliver Sacks narrates the story of a group of patients diagnosed with sleeping sickness following the World War I and how their life changed after taking the drug L-DOPA. 


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    Julie Watkins
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "A book that is on topic in today's time. There is a serious problem with drugs at the moment and this gives you a glimpse into a time when there was a problem with drugs and drug addiction in the past. It might be a helpful read even for someone who loves someone that is addicted to drugs."
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    #12Awkward and Definition: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag

    Awkward and Definition: The High School Comic Chronicles of Ariel Schrag

    This book is a collection of Ariel Schrag best moments in high school: 'Awkward' is about her freshman year, whereas 'Definition' focuses on her sophomore year. As it was written when she was a teenager, it covers the most important topics from an american girl of that age: drugs, love, sexuality and friendship. 


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    Pamela Riley
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "I was looking for a change of genre and ran across this book by Ariel Schrag. I have to tell you, this is probably the best “comic diary” I have ever read. The artwork and writing blend together to bring you a story straight from the life of a high schooler. A must read!"
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    #13The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy

    The French Connection: A True Account of Cops, Narcotics, and International Conspiracy

    This book is a documentary of the world's most famous and successful narcotics investigation: two NYC detectives are investigating an heroin smuggler in France. Soon they will realize that everything has bigger dimensions that it seemed at first glance, and that everyone is involved in the business, even the police. 


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    Helen Lynch
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The French Connection is a riveting documentary-style book about a 60's-era narcotic investigation in New York City. It's one of the most interesting true crime books out there and is definitely a must-read for anyone who is into true crime reading."
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    Crank is a young adult novel written in verse by Ellen Hopkins. Drawing from her own experiences with her daughter, Crank tells the story of Kristina, a girl with an addiction to crystal meth. 

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    James Walters
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I am not too familiar with drug addiction book so I had to do some digging. Even though this author seems to do well, she doesnt seem to be a really famous author some so based on that I dont think it is a good solution. "
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    Pillbillies is a suspense novel by bestselling author K.L Randis. It tells the story of Jared Vorcelli, who gets in trouble with the law after his drug addiction causes the death of his 3-year-old sister.

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    Concepción Núñez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Pillbillies sounds like a great story for people who enjoy books about suspense. It would be a great read for people that like to read about real-life possibilities, and drama. I believe this one would keep you on the edge of your seat."
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    #16Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana

    Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana
    Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana - Medical, Recreational and Scientific is a nonfiction book written by Martin A. Lee. Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana was published by Scribner Book Company.

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    Pamela Nelson
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I grew up in the 60's and have been around pot smokers my entire life. This book is a good telling of its story. Honestly, I've never understood the big crime with smoking weed, not to mention the medicinal remedies that could be had. Smoke Signals is an honest look at the product and a very good book to get an understanding of the ups and downs of what could be a wonder drug. "
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    #17The Samana Incident

    The Samana Incident
    The Samana Incident: A Crime Novel of Papua New Guinea is an urban fiction written by Keith Dahlberg. It was released in 2010 as a sequel to Flame Tree. It is about a small-time cop trying to expose a bigtime drug gang.


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    Juan Wheeler
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "As somebody who has dealt with addiction in the past, I always try to help relate my experience to others through fiction. With The Samana Incident, I felt that this book was more focused on the aspect of stopping drug deals than it was about addiction. While there are story elements of drug addiction, the book lacked central narrative discussing the impact that drug addiction had on others. "


Best What are the best fiction books about drug addiction
1MatchedBooks 51 Paid
2FablehavenBooks 44 Paid
3Book of a Thousand DaysBooks 42 Paid
4Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 33 Paid
5The Goose Girl (Books of Bayern)Books 31 Paid
6EdenbrookeBooks 27 Paid
7Princess AcademyBooks 20 Paid
8Acceptable RiskBooks 14 Paid
9Go Ask AliceBooks 12 Paid
10American FlowersBooks 10 Paid

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