by Tracy Lynn

Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, 2015, 262 pp., $10.99

Realistic Fiction, Prescription Drugs, College Admissions Pressure

ISBN: 978-1-4814-2950-4


Thyme, during her junior and senior years of high school, is under constant pressure to do the right things, get the right grades and SAT scores, and be involved in the right clubs to be accepted into a college with high selectivity requirements.  She takes advantage of a discarded bottle of Ritalin and finds her focus improves dramatically.  This realization leads her slowly into taking more and different prescription medications, and finally into dealing to classmates. But there are consequences. This book is a “hard truth” book intended for mature student readers.  It highlights how expectations from adults (parents and school officials) and the entrance requirements of selective colleges, provides real and imagined pressure high school students face and how easy it is to fall into the lure of medication.  Parents should read this book.


Kathleen Sanders

Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays, KS