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5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating story of mental illness, not a lame hollywood tell-all, December 5, 2009
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This review is from: Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'n' Roll, and Mental Illness (Hardcover)
This book is an amazing account of a person's struggle with bi-polar disorder and drug addiction. What makes Mary's story stand out is how these things intersected with her life as a model, young and unprepared for the life that her accidental career provided.

To be honest, I was completely surprised by this book. I assumed this would be a poorly written, boring attempt to cash in on knowing someone famous and having a few moments in the spotlight thanks to a well publicized meltdown. Being a fan of Scott Weiland, I assumed that this was just his crazy wife's attempt to make him look worse in the public eye.

I was completely wrong about the intended purpose of this book, the author, and her capability to share her story. Over the course of one weekend this page-turner gave me insight into the world of someone with bipolar disorder, addiction. It never felt like she was trying to capitalize on her husband's troubles or that of other Hollywood celebs. Although, I should also admit that it is fun to read about people like Dave Navarro, Anthony Kiedis, and Charlize Theron. I would recommend this quick read to anyone, especially those like me, who know someone that struggles with mental illness and/or drug addiction.

Update: If you are trying to decide between Mary's book and Scott's book (released after hers) do NOT waste your time. Scott's book was so boring I felt like I'd wasted my time, despite reading it while stuck on a long flight.
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