"The first time I did crystal methamphetamine I was nineteen," writes the author as he begins his story, which takes place over 10 months in 1996 and 1997. Scott and his friends went to parties and concerts--readers who are fans of the 1990s alternative scene will find their favorites within--and drugs were a constant throughout.
As the author became more and more dependent on meth, his life began to crumble; he quit his job, broke up with his girlfriend, and spent his time either high or coming off of benders. After further attempts to hold onto jobs failed, he eventually became a drug dealer; he then lost his friends,alienated his family, started going broke, and approached rock bottom.
Sterling's descriptions of his experiences while high are vivid and often disturbing, and he isn't afraid to show the lengths to which addicts will go for one more fix.
Teenage Degenerate is an unflinching, effective story about the torments of drug dependence and there is enough action make for a quick, compelling read.
"Teenage Degenerate is a heartbreaking, vivid account of the disintegration of human lives caused by crystal meth addiction, and of one young man's fight to get free before it kills him." - IndieReader
Teenage Degenerate is a poignant, disturbingly honest account of a young man's life slipping away under the influence of crystal meth. Sterling doesn't hold back in his descriptions of the effects of the drugs on Scott's mind, body, and relationships, and the result is a striking and painful view of the damage that addiction can do to a person and a community.
The book is stark, concise, and quietly dramatic without ever slipping into melodramatic hype or preaching. Its first-person perspective and simple language only make the horrific situations Scott faces appear even more vivid and inescapable.
"5 Stars!" - Examiner.com
The book is Sterling's firsthand account of shedding his addiction to dangerous drugs as a way of growing up. His rapid decline once in the clutches of crystal methamphetamine addiction is a horror show magnified to highlight all the worst aspects.
In this book, young, misguided Scott experiments with crystal meth in dark,deserted parking lots all over the suburbs of Denver, Colorado, making and breaking deals among an ever changing smorgasbord of mutated outliers desperate for the next rush of chemicals. Inevitably, trusted family connections wither and atrophy in the wake of that synthetic storm of junk, leaving the author with hard cold facts mandating desperate realignment of his withered sensibilities. Teenage Degenerate is a deadpan recounting of the perilous and worsening path trod by its author in the experience and ultimate renunciation of addiction to man made chemical "fixes," which always fall short, narrating its author's arduous effort to wrest back some semblance of normalcy and realness after hitting rock bottom.
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