Charisma by Jeanne Ryan Review

Nerve is a book I found to be just okay but I wonder in her second attempt can she do slightly better when the main story is about anxiety? Then let’s find out.

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.

Taken from Goodreads

The premise of this book is what got me to read it in the first place, gene therapy is something I have a little bit of an interest in and to see if it could cure anxiety would be pretty amazing especially with modern society. From the very beginning you can see that Jeanne has done a lot of research with this book in order to get the basics across to her readers, and the worst part is that is the best part of her book. I enjoyed finding out so much as gene therapy, cystic fibrosis as well as DNA but the second it came to do with anything with Aislyn I was just bored.

 Aislyn as a character is fine and when she was struggling with shyness then I actually liked her as she has something that a lot of readers of this book could relate to but as the journey continued and her progression started I found myself disliking her more and more. She changed from someone who just wanted to be able to help her family in any way or form to just doing whatever she wanted without thinking of the possible side effects. Yes some of the  time things do work out well but I found it a lot harder to relate to her and actually enjoy reading about her. 

This might be a little spoiler coming up  ahead so if you have not yet read this book then skip this paragraph. I do like the fact she didn’t give Aislyn a happy ending, it in fact was the only reason why I kept on reading as I wanted to find out everything about all the characters.

The book is written okay, enough to make it easy enough to picture everything that is happening but not enough without us having to add in our own little descriptions.

She has done the same thing she had with Nerve taking a likeable character at the start to one that I ended up depising at the end, this time though she made it a little bit more scientific which means I enjoyed this book more.

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