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Recovered Paperback – March 27, 2018
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Jay Crownover is the international and multiple New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Marked Men Series, The Saints of Denver Series, The Point Series, Breaking Point Series, and the Getaway Series. Her books can be found translated in many different languages all around the world. She is a tattooed, crazy haired Colorado native who lives at the base of the Rockies with her awesome dogs. This is where she can frequently be found enjoying a cold beer and Taco Tuesdays. Jay is a self-declared music snob and outspoken book lover who is always looking for her next adventure, between the pages and on the road.
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I have to say that it was a dark, bitter, and lonely time when Crownover allowed readers inside Cable’s head, especially at the beginning of Recovered. He had so much self-loathing and misplaced anger as well as addictions that consumed every facet of his psyche and his body. It was extremely difficult to be forced to witness his downward spiral and not be able to do anything for him. Cable’s last name absolutely allowed him to get away with an horrendous amount of illegal activities, but I don’t think Cable really cared about getting caught; in some ways, I think he was acting out so abdominally to see if anyone would call him out and the fact that no one did, except a girl from his school who barely talked to him spoke volumes when it came to who he had to help him fight his addictions.
What’s also interesting is the fact that Cable would probably be the first to admit that he was and perhaps even still is a user but not for the reasons some might expect. His destructive choices continually numbed his emotions, helping him to escape the maelstrom of feelings and consent badgering that never seemed to be fully silent inside his head. Cable truly didn’t care what the drugs did to him because the freedom he felt while being on them is what kept him from having to deal with a barrage of complicated and contradictory emotions that no one else would understand.
Affton is an incredibly complex character, partly because her past is what guides every aspect of her present and partly because it’s rather difficult to understand some of the choices she makes, not only when it comes to Cable, but to herself as well. In Affton’s experience, addiction never loses; it always brought those in its clenches down to their lowest point, refusing to surrender them, so if she focuses on that idea, she shouldn’t care…she shouldn’t be angry at Cable for destroying his life with addiction…she shouldn’t want him to get help…she should have seen Cable as a lost cause and moved on. But for some reason, Affton couldn’t, and even after she’s forced into being Cable’s sobriety companion, for lack of a better term, her feelings towards Cable lead to complications that she doesn’t want or can handle because they put her right back into a situation that has the ability to overwhelm her again…to fight against and for someone who would much rather give into their addiction than fight it.
Affton doesn’t, truly, allow anyone past the walls that she has built around her heart because the love she had for her mother scarred her in life-changing ways - ones that for most of the story, I don’t see her getting past, and I can’t say that I blame her. What Affton experienced with her mother is not something that anyone should have to endure, especially at such a young age, so the fact that she holds steadfast to her mission…to her goals…to her future makes sense but because she didn’t factor in just how much Cable would get under her skin and compel her to do things she never would have done without his influence and her feelings for him, she finds herself on a path she never wanted to be on and now it’s one that she doesn’t know how or if she wants to find a way off.
Recovered is a rather interesting title for Cable and Affton’s story. For one, I don’t know if Cable will ever truly be ‘recovered’ from his addictions. He can stay clean and he can maintain his sobriety, but those demons don’t just disappear…they’re always there hoping that Cable allows them back into his life. And, there is no way that Affton has recovered from her mother’s neglect due to her addiction or the fact that Affton gave her whole heart to someone who always let her down. That kind of past…that kind of treatment can never be erased, and the fact that she had to go through someone else’s addiction with him and fight for him when he couldn’t or wouldn’t fight for himself is not something that can be forgotten.
The lessons that Affton and Cable teach each other are brutal and heartbreaking. She’s had a front row seat to Cable’s downward spiral and because she was the only one who intervened, she now finds herself responsible for his sobriety, and even though the situation was forced upon her, the days and weeks they’re together redefine her feelings for Cable, forcing her to readjust her life, in some ways, while still maintaining the parts she deems most important.
But these two bent but not broken characters can move forward, knowing that what they’ve been through, both individually and together, will continue to define them but it no longer has to hold them back or make them feel like they need to put up walls and keep people out because it’s clear that if there is someone fighting right along side the addict then there’s every chance that they will finally see improvement…finally see the light that has been submerged in the darkness for far too long…finally feel like they’ve somewhat recovered and regained control of their life, even in the smallest of ways.
4.5 Poison Apples
Oh my gosh. The depth of this book completely caught me off guard. I’ve read many stories relating to addiction, and if you know me, you are aware of my love (aka obsession) regarding crime, murders, the drug trade, and the like. Any time a story relating to those topics crosses my path, I go for it. What I love most about fictional stories is the ability to get the chance to relate to the struggles those with an addiction face. I can’t say I’ve ever faced anything like that, so I love being able to admire their strength, resilience, and drive.
Affton and Cable meet in high school, but run in rather different circles. Cable is THE MAN on campus, and Affton is just a new girl forced to move during high school. All she wants to do is get through in order to get to better things. Unfortunately she couldn’t ignore the signs that Cable was headed down a dark path, and she got herself caught up in a way that would alter her life. Because of stepping out and speaking up, she got herself chained to this boy and his mess for an entire summer.
During this summer, Affton realizes that Cable’s issues are not just related to his addiction, there was so much more to him that she had imagined. It’s in this time that she, and Cable, realize there may be more here than they’d imagined. The beauty, is, that this is more than a simple romance – Affton is so strong, her heart is amazing, and she just takes no crap from anyone-especially Cable.
Cable, on the other hand, is a HANDFUL. He doesn’t want a babysitter for the summer, he doesn’t want Affton in his business, and he definitely isn’t willing to share the storm that’s raging inside of him. “I thought she would heed the no trespassing signs, but I underestimated her need to save the unsavable. She danced around everything I threw at her like a ballerina. She pushed just as hard as I pulled…” Cable realizes there’s so much more to Affton.
This story seriously pulled me in all the directions. It gave such a beautifully heartbreaking picture of the struggles surrounding addiction, and brought to light all the things that can go alongside addiction. Life is never the same for any two people, and there isn’t always a clear reason why people make their choices – this story truly shows all of those angles.
“There’s the kind of broken everyone can see. The kind that leaves a mess no one wants to get stuck cleaning up because i’ts obviously going to be a lot of work. And, even if you try to get it all, you’re going to miss some of those sharp, jagged pieces. Then there’s the kind of broken no one can see. The kind that’s made up of hairline fractures and narrow fissures that cover the entire surface. It’s the kind of broken that’s held together by some kind of miracle and pure strength of will. All it takes is one little bump, one wrong move, and that kind of broken shatters. There is no cleaning up that mess. There are too many pieces, and they scatter everywhere.”
This quote … this is the story. Everyone has some broken in them; some people it’s easy to see their brokenness, while others hide it with every fiber of their being. This story needs to be told, and we need to take the time to understand what people are suffering before we simply take in their outside facade
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