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Baby Huey: A Cautionary Tale of Addiction Kindle Edition

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Length: 407 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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Micheal Jackson...Soporific! Kurt Cobain...Mind-blowing! Len Bias...A celebratory hit! Heath Ledger...Ending took me by surprise! Janis Joplin...It choked me up! Jimmi Hendrix...Choked me too! Chris Farley...Exceptionally adipose! Elvis...Knocked me off the pot! --Author's Source

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An African American truck driver who travels the highway in search of a great story.

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  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 407 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Broke-Tooth Dog Press; 1st. edition (February 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: February 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036TH442
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,766 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Trucker, Marine Veteran, father of three, and an avid fan of movies and fiction and the Dallas Cowboys. Several books I've read I will never forget--Sounder, The Grapes of Wrath, One Flew Over the Cuckoo Nest, and, oddly, Gone With the Wind--and I attempt to the best of my abilities to write not a great novel but one that a reader will not soon forget (at least a day or two).

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This is the story of an average black man and his spiral into the world of crack addiction. This is one of those stories that you know from the first few chapters isn't going to end well, but like a train wreck you can't look away. A scarily accurate depiction of how drug addiction can happen to anybody. A lot of people don't understand how easy it is to get sucked into drugs, and this story is a great example of how sometimes it really only takes one time. I have known more than a few drug addicts, and I also know that sometimes people you could never imagine even thinking about using drugs can fall so far under it's spell that there is no chance for return. It really is an amazing phenomenon, can you think of anything else in the world that has that kind of power. There are a few situations in the book that would make it iinappropriate for school aged students, but otherwise I would say that this book should be required reading for all graduating high school students.

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?
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Like an accident on the highway, I couldn't look away. Read it addictively. Just finished and I'll be thinking about it for a while. Gave it 5 stars because I just couldn't put it down. It hit so close to home......I strongly recommend this book to whomever wants to make the trip.
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Plot/Storyline: 5 Stars

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.
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At one point in "Baby Huey," a character named Cindy said to John Dough: "You haven't been smoking [crack cocaine] long. There's a low, you hit it, getting up is damn difficult. The way you were looking a minute ago, you haven't hit that low yet."

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.
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