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Memoirs Aren't Fairytales: A Story of Addiction (The Memoir Series) [Kindle Edition]

Marni Mann
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (297 customer reviews)

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“I could feel my chin falling towards my chest, my back hunching forward. My body was acting on its own, and my mind was empty, like all my memories had been erased. There was scenery behind my lids. Aqua colored water and powdery sand that extended for miles. I was never going back to coke. I wanted more heroin. And I wanted it now.”

Leaving behind a nightmarish college experience, nineteen-year-old Nicole and her best friend Eric scape their home of Bangor, Maine to start a new
life in Boston. Fragile and scared, Nicole desperately seeks a new beginning to help erase her past. But there is something besides freedom waiting for her in the shadows— a drug that will make every day a nightmare.
Heroin.

With one taste, the love that once flowed through Nicole’s veins turns into cravings. Tracks mark the passing of time, and heroin’s grip gets tighter. It holds her hand through deaths and prostitution, but her addiction keeps her in the darkness. When her family tries to strike a match to help light her way, Nicole must choose between a life she can hardly remember, or a love for heroin she’ll never forget.


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"This has to be, by far, one of my favorite books of all time. And for those who know me, you know I do not say that lightly. I'd never read anything like it. I felt like I was running along side Nicole as she made one drug-fueled bad decision after another. This book was one of the reasons I fell in love with dark fiction, and it is one of the first ones I always recommend to people when they ask me for a great book recommendation." --T.M Frazier, best selling author of The Dark Light of Day

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  • File Size: 1380 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935961292
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  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OO7L58
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Memoirs" is Memorable February 13, 2012
Format:Paperback
Having read many books about addiction, I wondered what would make this one different and more absorbing than the rest. Right from the start, I found the difference immediately. Ms. Mann possesses a gift for creating characters and situations that kept me riveted to her book. This author paints a vivid picture of a young woman so heavily addicted to hard-core drugs that she has no love or feelings for anyone or anything else except her drug of choice. Instead of making me grow attached to the main characters in her book, I was drawn in by how their innate personalities disappeared when ruled by their addictions. With her exceptional ability for detail,Ms. Mann taught me so much more than I ever knew about a world that no human being ever wants to enter. Yet, I know this world truly exists, and I learned so much about those who enter this alternate universe. The author understands how families react in hopeless situations; i.e., trying to help, becoming confused, attempting to fix the situation with unconditional love, resigning themselves and coping by turning away from their loved one.

Ms. Mann kept me turning page after page to find out what could possibly take place next. A lot happens in this book. However, the story flows without becoming choppy or sloppy. This author has a unique style which I personally find exciting. I have closed many books before finishing them because they just do not hold my interest , but definitely not this one. I look forward to reading more books by Ms. Mann.
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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
I decided that I had to read this book, not only because the subject matter was of personal interest to me, but because I wanted to see if the author knew what she was talking about...a friend sent it to me, and...

I started reading. I kept reading. I got sucked in, and couldn't put it down. The whole time I was reading, one part of my brain was engaged in how gruesomely entertaining Nicole's story was, and the other was how gruesomely accurate the depiction of addiction was. My first thought after finishing the very last sentence was, "Wow."

My second thought was that every single Addictions Therapist or Counselor who has not experienced an addiction of their own should be mandated to read Nicole's story. Here's the catch. This is a work of fiction, technically. "Nicole" doesn't exist. But the reality is that there are thousands and thousands of men and women like Nicole.

Some people will avoid this book because it will make them uncomfortable. That's ok. But if you want to know what addiction really is like, if you want to understand how someone smart, talented, and seeming to have it all ends up living on the streets, then you must read it. If you want to hear the story of thousands of young people in the U.S., read this book. If you want to know the faces of the hundreds of people I have worked with over the past 11+ years, read this book. If you know and love someone who has an addiction, read this book. Marni Mann has created a masterpiece.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroin & its bedfellows... February 28, 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really didn't know what to expect when I loaded Marni Mann's "Memoirs Aren't Fairytales" into my Kindle. I knew that it was a story about drug addiction. I just didn't know that it was so much more than a study about, or examination of, drug abuse and addiction. Memoirs Aren't Fairytales transcends the normal drug addiction fare by placing you firmly within the mind of a drug addict. You are front row and center to the life and habits of a fatalistic user who has fallen prey to her drug of choice (heroin), causing her to spiral out of control into a destructive, dark hole. Beware: like addiction, this story grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go.

At times while reading this book I felt off balance, queasy and disoriented. Presumably by design, the author injects you into a seedy, rat and roach infested, drug-induced journey through hell. As the story progresses the landscape (the streets of Boston, Massachusetts) turns from vivid and colorful to dark and bleak. At times, due to some pretty heady subject matter, you are compelled to turn, or look, away. But, the main character, Nicole, doesn't allow you to do so. She just keeps pulling you deeper into the tangled web she has weaved. And, we walk in her dubious shoes throughout the story. Stepping into Nicole's troublesome shoes is like riding a train that's gone off of the rails. We are not only sorely seeking sobriety for her, but helplessly watching her life slip away as she 'Chases the Dragon.'

The story is not for the faint of heart. It is not a fairytale. How could a story about drug abuse be easy to digest? But it isn't terribly difficult to endure and swallow either. In fact, it's a thoroughly captivating tale that leaves you wanting more. You want to read this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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I don't ever leave these reviews. I read this book in one day. I literally could not put it down. Nicole is one of the best drawn characters I have ever read. Marni Mann tells this story flawlessly. After I finished the book I still thought about it days later. It left its mark on me and I know it will leave its mark on you too. A MUST read. If you are going to read one book this year, make it this one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Addiction
Great book couldnt put down.Very interesting information on the life of a drug addict ,how it over takes there life
Published 4 days ago by melinda halfnights
4.0 out of 5 stars Riveting...
Wow. This book is heartbreaking, intense, depressing, emotional... it covers a lot.
Nicole is a victim of rape, and she's ready to move on. Read more
Published 9 days ago by April Hesler
5.0 out of 5 stars The reality of addiction
Both of these Memoir books are excellent! She shares the real truths about the disease of addiction. If you're want a look into the life of a junkie I highly recommend these books.
Published 13 days ago by Cathy Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK
this book is by far the best book I have read in my life!I read the book in a matter of hours as I could not put it down!! Read more
Published 16 days ago by Danielle Z
5.0 out of 5 stars All the positive reviews don't lie
Amazing.. Everything about this book was amazing. I bought it because the majority of reviews were positive... And they are not lying. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars on the spot!
This memoir gives an addicts story in rare form......coming from addict I felt the words describing her experiences...One day at a time.
Published 19 days ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
This book is one of my favorite books involving drug addiction. Extremely well written. I read the whole thing in a week I was so addicted to it. Great, great, book. Read more
Published 28 days ago by boogabooga
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully written
Fantastic Gritty true real and raw. Tough and nuggety written story that I will not easily and want to forget.
Published 28 days ago by Jen Banjan
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read
Page turner. You felt her pain. Good eye opener to the power of drugs. Good overall read! Would highly recommend it
Published 28 days ago by Leah Woock
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
My daughter had a problem with heroin. Thank God she is 2 years sober, this book gave me an inside look at what her live was like at that time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Mather
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A New Englander at heart, Marni Mann is now a Floridian inspired by the sandy beaches and hot pink sunsets of Sarasota. She taps mainstream appeal and shakes worldwide taboos, taking her readers on a dark and breathtaking journey. When she's not nose deep in her laptop, she's scouring for chocolate, traveling, reading, or walking her four-legged children. Visit her at www.marnismann.com.

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