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Memoirs Aren't Fairytales: A Story of Addiction (Memoir Series) Paperback – June 10, 2016
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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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. It calls upon you like an addictive drug to keep turning the pages. The funny thing is while turning the pages you get lost in the journey. Just like a drug can cause you to lose track of time so does this story. When I was finished with the book I was sad that it had ended. I wanted to know more about what had become of Nicole and her battle with addiction. By the way, I've heard that Marni Mann is busy writing the next installment. So, those questions will be answered.
The characters in this book are fully developed real people. If you like stories about real people placed within precarious predicaments then this book is for you. I think you'll find the characters to be sympathetic, complex and three dimensional. You will feel as if you know, or have known them in some incarnation or another. This is especially true of Nicole and her family. These are real people with real problems. I related to their tragic, difficult plight as they wrestled with their daughter and her demons. And, the author does a good job of making you pull for Nicole, the main character, to get sober while painting a wonderful and heart wrenching portrait of life on the streets.
One thing I kept wondering while reading the book was, did this really happen to the author? Is this her actual true-to-life addiction memoir? Is Nicole really Marni Mann? Did she experience what her main character went through? It's hard to believe that she didn't. The story feels so real that Nicole seems like an aka for Marni Mann. I know that the author did extensive research before writing this book and it shows.
The title is fitting for this tragic tale. Memoirs Aren't Fairytales. They're about the harsh reality that drugs can claim your soul. That addiction is very real, very destructive and very dangerous. If you had any doubts about it they while be vanquished after reading this story. This book, written brilliantly by debut author Marni Mann, is a compelling examination of drug use in our society. If you want to get lost within a mesmerizing story while learning a thing or two about addiction then Memoirs Aren't Fairytales is for you. Published by Booktrope Editions, you can find it available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iTunes among other venues. Or you can go to [...]
Nicole is an addict who has things under control. She’s too smart to overdose and not stupid enough to get caught. She’s got things under control with her habit, lifestyle, and within herself. She simply loves the high. She has standards, morals, and integrity. Until she doesn’t and it all seems to slip away long before she herself realizes it.
Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales is a look into the life of a young girl from a good family, surrounded by opportunities and how easy it was to lose it all. You can feel the desperation of someone who has addictive tendencies for their next high, constantly looking to one-up that euphoric feeling. For those who don’t understand this; it’s a window into a dark world. For those who have lived it… this story most likely contains some triggers but it also may be cathartic if you’ve made it to the other side. And for those who live with addicts in their lives it may serve to help you better understand them.
I was sucked into this story without really knowing what to expect and I wasn’t disappointed. I lived on the streets of Boston for the two days it took me to read this story. I was transported by Marni Mann’s descriptive words of the city, of life from weed to hardcore drugs, of struggling to balance basic day to day function with the pull toward blowing it all off. Her words perfectly depicted the downward spiral of a full blown addict.
I cried. Oh, man…did I cry! The ugly crying you hope to never do in front of another person, ever. My emotions went on Nicole’s journey with her and deeply felt every loss and every time Nicole dug her hole a little deeper. The ugly truth though is that this is real. Real for so many people who struggle with addictions and for the people who loved them. Nicole’s journey may be fictional but her struggle isn’t.
If you’re looking for a book that will grip your heart, make you feel, and take you to a world maybe you never imagined than Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales is perfect for you. Marni Mann captures a story not of fairytales but truth and darkness and she’s a talented author I am happy to have found.