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Memoirs Aren't Fairytales: A Story of Addiction Paperback – December 13, 2011
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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have to say this book is beautiful written. She goes into every detail Cole is feeling. It's like the events are happening to you. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
This Book Is Awesome quite the page-turner I can definitely relate as I am a girl who also went through heroin addiction this book is great and I highly recommend it to anyone and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
An interesting book about drug abuse and the lifestyle associated with it. This book was an inspiration for me to write my memoir series, "Sweet Melissa"Published 15 days ago by Susan Segovia-Munoz
Way TOO intense....If I was a teenager and my mom was seriously thinking I was doing drugs this is the book she would buy to make sure I didn't! Read morePublished 23 days ago by Annamarie Bowles
Nicole and her friend Eric decide to leave their hometown and move to Boston. Once they get to Boston things aren’t any easier. Read morePublished 25 days ago by TiffanyW
Well, I did it...I popped my Marni Mann Cherry with this wonderfully written book about addiction and the price you pay for it, when constantly searching for that feeling you... Read morePublished 25 days ago by It's just me
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. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Abrianna Marchesotti
Some of us addicts have to hit rock bottom before we see the damage done.
This story tells the raw facts, it is not a beautifully written book with sparkles and rainbows. Read more
It has taken me a while to put my thoughts together in order to write a review for this book. What is there to say about such a realistic look into the life of a heroin addict? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Paige Smith