I came across this story on the authors website cbcarter.com while searching for drug abuse discussion material. The author stated that it was a must have `read' for teenagers and I think he's spot on. The Path to KnowWhere is a short but compelling story of James; a young man who is given a second chance to recover from drug use, from a path that he chose. And as a short story, it's great and brutish but the real gem is the discussion session created by the author. I plan on having my children read this and using the discussion session to talk about drug use and abuse. My favorite part of the story is the third section, entitled "Fallen". In this section, the author brings it home, it's scary, it's insightful and it brings the choices James made to a conclusion. In fact, this is the second book I've read by C. B. Carter and I love the way he finishes his stories, it's just great writing and storytelling. The Whippoorwill's song was also a great, great read but for different reasons.
If you have teenage children and you want to open a discussion about drugs then this book is an excellent conversation starter.
From another reviewer: The Path to Know Where," depicts the grim and devastating effects of drug addiction. Inspired by a conversation with a former "meth" addict, Carter creates the character of James, who inadvertently runs into Cush, a drug dealer, and whose name is synonymous with marijuana. The take home message from this story is that there are a multitude of ways to get caught up in this risky business, and once you're in, and whether you like it or not, it's extremely difficult to escape--as evidenced by the statement, "Darkness devoured any and all light and James was completely blind."
I give it five stars and recommend it to all parents.
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