Books are more than a words

Sep 1, 2014

My Fic Boyfriend #21: James Murphy

 My fic boyfriend is a weekly segment or a follow up to "My book boyfriend" that was hosted by Missie at The Unread reader. Sadly, that meme stopped but I loved it enough to follow it here at The reader lines.

I had a lot of "My Fic Boyfriend" posts saved in my computer, but somehow I always forgot to post them. So, I decided today was the day to come back to my book boyfriend obsessions.
My Fictional Boyfriend of this week is James Murphy from The Program and The Treatment by Suzanne Young. 
Sloane always said James was hot and cold, but he also was funny and sweet. And you know, it's really hard for someone to try to be funny when there's depression everywhere, maybe that's why I loved him more.
If you haven't read this amazing duology I hope you do, just because of him.

I introduce you... James.

“He's tender and defenseless, as if every part of him is exposed. He's not the asshole I thought he was, not even close. What I see is someone broken and fierce. Someone loyal and hardened. Someone who could belong to me completely, and me to him.”
“I look back at James one last time, and he gives me his signature smile, wide and cocky. but it's not real. Sometimes I think it's never real. James is the best at hiding his pain, disgusing the feelings. He knows what it takes to stay out of the Program. He'll keep us safe.
He promised.” 
“You know I'm never going to be able to not kiss you again, right?" he said. "For the rest of my life, every time I look at you, I'll have to kiss you.” 
“Don’t ruin it.”

“I’m the one who’s ruined.”

“Shut up, James.”

“I’m like… corrupted”

“You are not”

“I think you have to marry me now”

James put his hand over his heart, anguish on his face that nearly kills me. “Because I can feel it here, and I could have read it in my words. I was protecting you, I would have died to protect you had they not stopped me. We’re fucking mental for each other –but maybe that’s how we survive from here. We just have to be crazier than The Program”



In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.
Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.



  1. I haven't done a book boyfriend feature in such a long time. I also keep telling to myself that i will get to this book, but there' just so much fish in the sea, if you get what I mean. Sounds nice though ;)

  2. Ari, I hope you read it someday. It's really good!


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