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Memoirs Aren't Fairytales: A Story of Addiction (The Memoir Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Marni Mann
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (345 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Reader Caution: A harrowing story of addiction, this novel contains graphic scenes, explicit language, and disturbing situations. Recommend for mature audiences. 

"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

About the Author

Marni Mann is the best-selling author of Seductive Shadows, Seductive Secrecy, Pulled Beneath, Pulled Within, Memoirs Aren't Fairytales, and Scars from a Memoir. She lives in Florida with her husband and their two dogs. Visit her at MarniSMann.com.

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  • File Size: 1500 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006OO7L58
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,049 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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69 of 71 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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51 of 52 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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31 of 32 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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11 of 11 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 Five Stars
Already read"Scars from a memoir". Already 1/2 way thru this book now. Writer knows how to captivate!
Published 1 month ago by Caroline
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Real and honest
Published 1 month ago by kisha sherrill
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very real.
Published 1 month ago by Jake
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
The story of Nicole is a compelling one if you give it a chance. Watching the protagonist's life spiral out of control a little more each day is a unique perspective into the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by NurseLynz
4.0 out of 5 stars The writing style is good, but the main character Cole pisses me off...
The writing style is good, but the main character Cole pisses me off to no end. One stupid mistake after another. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jessica J
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book.
Im a recovering heroin addict and this book hits everything on the spot. Right now im only half way thru it snd I luv this book and cannot put it down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kelly
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Interesting and dark look into this world many of us only dare imagine. A lesson for anyone considering to try street drugs.
Published 1 month ago by Lawrence A. Carra
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a little repetitive but well paced and good characters
Published 1 month ago by rob21117
5.0 out of 5 stars ... find the words to express how much I truly loved it! For anyone...
I waited a couple of hours after finishing this book to write my review- yet I am still struggling to find the words to express how much I truly loved it! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Melissa
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT A MEMOIR - FICTION. (yes yes it says that) DISAPPOINTING.
Pros: It is an easy read, you can finish it in a short plane flight or afternoon. It is also so over the top crazy that you really can't put it down, even though you really want... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Erin C. Harris
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More About the Author

Best-selling Author Marni Mann knew she was going to be a writer since middle school. While other girls her age were daydreaming about teenage pop stars, Mann was fantasizing about penning her first novel. She crafts sexy, titillating stories that weave together her love of darkness, mystery, passion, and human emotion. A New Englander at heart, she now lives in Sarasota, Florida with her husband and their two dogs who subsequently have been characters in her books. When she's not nose deep in her laptop working on her next novel, she's scouring for chocolate, sipping wine, traveling to new locations, and devouring fabulous books.

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