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- Book 1 of 2 in The Memoir Series (2 Book Series)
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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This is a review for those of you who like to step outside your gooey romance genre books from time to time. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Jenn Raunch (Rave and Rant about Raunch Book Blog)
FANTSASTIC read for those who know someone battling addiction. I highly suggest it.Published 11 days ago by Jess
Loved this book. Binge read it in one day and am now reading the second book.Published 15 days ago by Crystal Wolff
Even though the writing wasn't great, the story was pretty graphic and somewhat exhilarating--like that old adage: watching a car wreck that you can turn your eyes away from. Read morePublished 1 month ago by francesca
Can't wait to read the next book in the series! Her story is breathtaking yet heartbreaking and leaves me waiting more! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Plot summary: Well, in high school I had a beer at a party, and then my boyfriend sexually abused me, and then I dropped out of high school, and then I got addicted to alcohol, and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by EmpireStateBldg
Pulled me right in ! Written like s nonfiction work the character made me feel all her pain . This was a heartbreaking tale and in reality could have been a memoir of any heroin... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jena Murphy
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