Sophie and Mia have been best friends since they were young. However, they could not be more different. Sophie is popular and gorgeous, while Mia is quiet and average-looking. In order to help Mia become more popular, Sophie suggests that she try ecstasy at a party. This causes a whirlwind of events. By the end of the night, Mia has kissed the hottest guy in school, and all because of the ecstasy. Mia quickly becomes dependent on the drug. Soon, Sophie becomes distant with Mia. Mia believes Sophie is jealous of Lewis, but she is completely wrong…
I really enjoyed In Ecstasy. From Mia’s first dose of ecstasy, I was enthralled by the book. The novel is told in alternating views of Sophie and Mia which really helped the novel. Readers are able to read about the same events from different point-of-views. Sophie and Mia were written with distinct voices. McCaffrey honestly portrayed teenagers and the effects of addiction in the novel. The Mia at the beginning of the novel is completely different from the Mia at the end of the novel. However, Sophie let herself be out of Mia’s life when Mia needed her the most. Before I started this novel, I was afraid I would just think Mia was just foolish to try ecstasy in the first place. However, throughout the novel, I pitied her and most of all, wanted her to get help.
In Ecstasy is about friendship as much as it is about addiction. From the beginning, readers learn that there are secrets between Sophie and Mia’s relationship. These secrets end up having repercussions in the novel, which will help keep readers wanting more. In a lot of ways, the friendship aspect remind be of Twenty Boy Summer. Another thing about In Ecstasy is that it is an Australian novel (Go Australia!). The novel is available in the US. 🙂
In Ecstasy is a poignant novel about addiction and friendship. I definitely recommend it.