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Teenage Degenerate Paperback – January 18, 2016

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Kirkus Reviews: "An unflinching, effective story about the torments of drug dependence.
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.

AudioFile: "A harrowing account of his addiction to crystal methamphetamine and recovery."
Narrator Sean Hopkins presents Sterling's harrowing account of his addiction to crystal methamphetamine and his subsequent recovery. Hopkins speaks straightforwardly as Sterling neither makes excuses nor blames others as he describes some of the physical costs of addiction, including meth sores, bloody teeth, and painful gums.

The people in his circle are distinct, and it's heartbreaking to hear how often they simply disappear. Listeners won't be surprised when Sterling begins dealing drugs, narrowly avoiding arrest and maintaining a conscience (unlike his buddies) about such acts as shooting-up in a church. References to his favorite music and to many famous deceased users add atmosphere and context. It's difficult to hear Sterling's graphic descriptions, but listeners will want to know what happens next in this cautionary tale.

IndieReader: "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.
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!"
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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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ No Bueno Publishing (January 18, 2016)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 258 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0997017546
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0997017540
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 12.8 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.65 x 9 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
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S. C. Sterling is a Denver Author originally from Portland, OR. His third book, The Fear of Winter, a fiction crime thriller, is scheduled to be released in January 2023. It is Book One in The Fear Of Series.

Non-fiction books include Teenage Degenerate, a memoir about drug addiction and growing up, and 33 Percent Rockstar: Music, Heartbreak and the Pursuit of Rock Stardom a music autobiography about the vast majority of musicians who never achieve rock stardom.

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