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Length: 316 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1157 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0062NI6QO
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By maggie on September 22, 2011
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I loved L.A. Ice!! It is an incredibly sweet and incredibly bittersweet love story set amidst the serious reality of addiction and recovery. As an addict in recovery, I was anxious to see how this very difficult and complex subject would unfold and if the story would be realistic. I was not disappointed. I was able to identify with the characters from the very first page and could feel the pulls of the disease in each of them. The story starts out with the main characters, Stevie and Michael, waking up in a rehab under completely different circumstances and most certainly not by choice. Stevie is a young woman who has totally lost her way, stuck in the throes of the disease of alcoholism, unable to do anything but drink herself into oblivion - not even aware she has a problem. Michael is an amazingly gifted musician who loves the rush of methamphetamine (a.k.a. L.A. Ice) as much as he loves the rush of striking the perfect chord on the strings of his guitar to a screaming audience. Stevie and Michael are immediately drawn to each other and over the course of their stay at rehab, discover that perhaps they could love something other than their drug of choice. I loved reading how their tender relationship blossoms during their time together at the rehab with the promise of a bright future together once they are both clean and sober. The twists and turns of life after rehab for these two young lovers is heartbreakingly real and even as I finished the book I was wishing it wouldn't end. I highly recommend it!
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This is a beautiful, moving tale about addiction and the many forms it takes in our world. The characters are incredibly genuine and sympathetic--the type that stick with you long after you finish reading the book. I've read several other accounts of life in rehab and its aftermath, but L.A. Ice is so much more graceful. Never does it get preachy or didactic--it is a novel, first and foremost. The fact that it also offers guidance and inspiration to people dealing with addiction is almost a bonus. This isn't to say that L.A. Ice paints a rosy picture, because it doesn't. It's sad, gritty, and realistic--a story that should appeal to any reader who appreciates well-written, original fiction.
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I have read L.A. Ice twice. Each time I found something new to appreciate. The story of the struggling, young female alcoholic, Stevie, held my attention from the opening page to the final sentence. This isn't just a novel about a girl trying to realign her life during her stay at a rehabilitation center, it is also about the connections she makes along the way and the friends she can only pray will recover too. I had a hard time putting this book down because of the deep connection between Michael and Stevie. It is a love story you wouldn't expect in a novel about addiction. Overall, I was enraptured by the characters and the journey. Not only is it touching and inspirational, it is also illuminating of our culture and the demons people fight every day. This novel is definitely worth a look, or in my case, two. I couldn't recommend it more!
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading L.A. Ice, the debut novel by Kathleen Ready Dayan. From the opening page I was hooked. I found Ms. Dayan's portrayal of addicts, addictions and the fall out that often occurs to be very accurate and believable. The symbolism that the author uses from the title of the book to the lily made the story that much more important and significant. Stevie and Michael are characters that will stay with me for a long time and I am hoping there will be a sequel in the near future!
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Another Kindle freebie. I actually did like this one more than I initially though. I was worried that it was going to be either a gore fest (as some addiction novels are) or overly preachy. And while the end was a little too much to handle with the preachyness (well, stuffing statistics and AA platitudes down your throat) it was a mostly decent book.

I liked the characters. I think in some cases they were a little cliched but for the most part I did find that it was over the top. The plot at least seemed plausible, or at least as plausible as someone who's seen a few episodes of Intervention can put together.
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By busch on January 17, 2012
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L.A.Ice is a very gripping love story set in the throws of alcohol and methamphetamine rehab. The story is captivating in its truths, which are not always pretty, as well as its portrayal of unflinching love in such raw circumstances. The book is an entertaining education for all of us. I highly recommend Kathleen Ready Dayan's first novel and am personally already hoping for and looking forward to her second one!
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I'm really torn over this book. I loved it at first and I knew from other reviews that it was going to be bittersweet. The author creates character in such a way that you can't help but love them and really want them to succeed. I understand her reasons for ending it the way she did but man what a freaking downer! Maybe it was the fact that I stayed up 'til 4 am reading it because I couldn't put it down that made the ending so hard for me to take. I would love to see an alternate ending that's all rainbows and puppy dogs just because the rest of the book is so fairytale like when dealing with their love and connection to one another. I know that wasn't the authors point with the story but I read it over a week ago and it's still popping into my head and making me angry, hurt, disappointed, and just plain depressed. It's an excellent book but I kind of hate it! I recommended it to some friends and was so frustrated and depressed over it I un-recommended it (I know that's not fair but I couldn't help myself). I just want an alternate ending so I can pretend that the main characters beat the odds and that people really can get past their short comings, diseases and crutches if they try hard enough. I know it's silly but that's what I want.
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