Baby Huey: A Cautionary Tale of Addiction Kindle Edition
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On top of the fact that this book has an amazing lesson it is also extremely well written. The characters were all extremely believable. It wasn't just a story about some guy addicted to crack, it was about John Dough and his struggle to live. Every time he would start heading in the right direction, he would ruin it all by doing crack. That's how drug addiction is, once you are an addict you will be one forever, it doesn't matter if you have been sober for 10 years, use one time and you will be right back where you were. I could really relate to John's wife Doreen and her feelings toward him and his new addiction. What do you do if you find out your husband has been using crack?Read more ›
Reading this novel was like taking a ride on an emotional roller-coaster. It was a grossly realistic look at how an addict becomes an addict. The underlying message was obvious, but never did the book rely on preaching about the evils of drug use. Instead, it simply told a tale, a gruesome, yet compelling, tale.
More a character study than an action-filled narrative, this book still told an amazingly intricate story. John's adventures into the land of drug addicts were interesting, mortifying, and sometimes even humorous. They also contained a rare insight into how a regular person can fall into such a quagmire of self-abuse. It depicted a fast, hard ride into oblivion.
The ending left me stunned. While I half-expected something similar, for some reason, I was still completely shocked. I think I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about it. I was simply left torn, with half of me thinking it was an apt ending, and the other half thinking that it was sad beyond belief. Rarely have I found a novel that manages to tear into emotions so effortlessly.
Although it will never happen because of some of the content, this is a book that should be mandatory reading material in high school. Reading this book would do far more good than any lecture.
Warning: Contains Adult Sexual Content and Language.
Characters: 5 Stars
I didn't like John Dough in the opening chapters. As a matter of fact, I didn't like him for many chapters at different points throughout the novel. As the story progressed, I began to feel some sympathy for him, then, eventually, a little empathy crept into my emotions. By the end, I was actually rooting for him.Read more ›
It took a while, but John Dough eventually did reach the lowest of lows. It was a painful but fascinating look at how a normal person could sink to the depths of degradation and despair after becoming addicted to a powerful drug. It was like watching a slow-motion film of someone committing suicide. You know it's going to turn out badly for the person, but you can't make yourself turn away.
John Dough was actually a pretty likeable character. He wasn't the best husband in the world, nor was he a great stepfather to his wife's child, but he was a decent fellow. He was funny, too, and his sarcasm kept me laughing. But "Baby Huey" was a serious story and a powerful cautionary tale. It only took one hit on a crack pipe for John to be hooked, and it was all downhill from there. There were some moments when it looked like he might recover from his addiction and return to some kind of normal life, but these moments never lasted for long. At the end of the book, there was some hope that John, despite losing everything, had a chance to start a new life, but his past returned to haunt him even then.
The bottom line: "Baby Huey" was one of the most compelling novels I've read recently.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This man wasn't meant to survive as an addict. He was the most naive street person I know...weren't we all. Great book!Published 1 month ago by Elaine
Really enjoyed the book. Lots of ups and downs. I was really pulling for the main character. I think the author was good with the roller coaster effect. Kept you hoping. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I downloaded this on a whim honestly not expecting much. However, it is a surprisingly good read. No happy endings here though.Published 5 months ago by Anonymous
Great story. Loved that the book showed the true and rawness of what a drug addiction will do to someone. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Dominique M. Floyd
This story was told raw and real about addiction! I couldn't put it down! I felt bad for John's gullibility which lead him to his addiction. But it can happen. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Vivid details and descriptions of how crack can turn an average Joe into a monster. A tale of lies and deceptions. I had visions of how it would end but John knew before I did. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Shoulanda August
I'm stunned! I wasn't expecting excellence. The rapport between the characters, the great story line, the beauty of the locales, the emotions, the depth.... Read morePublished 10 months ago by TootSweet