I had this on audiobook and couldn’t stop listening to it, even though it was very sad and disturbing. It seems like the biggest problems a person can think of were all touched upon in this book by the character’s experiences: financial struggles, sexuality, substance abuse, pregnancy, affair, career ending, deception, etc… and there’s only 3 main characters!
Two sisters and their mother are trying to pull through after the father – overnight – earns a fortune with his pharmaceutical company; he therein immediately drops their family. He has tricked the mother out of benefiting from his riches, and treats his daughters as nothing but pests in his life.
All through this, each sister and the mother have their own very dramatic issues to deal with along with this. They mostly keep at all secret from each other, but everything gets exposed in the end. Only with that exposure can they move on to a brighter future.
I liked that it had a happy ending – thank god. But I felt tortured reading through all the craziness in this book. It was emotionally draining. Even though it got my attention, I can’t say I enjoyed the book.
( ) This book reminds me of A Million Little Pieces by James Frey. It’s dark and somewhat poetic with the writing. However, it is also hard to follow at times. The author calls heroin addiction “the memory disease”.
It is another one of your typical addiction stories but written with special attention focused on the kind of drug heroin is.
The author compares it to other drugs feelings and effects on the body and mind. Some addiction memoirs don’t focus on the drug itself enough, but more on the addiction disease. This book goes into both with a perfect balance.
Her father was an alcoholic, but a genius, and her mother an emotional wreck of an artist. Her brother and sisters were each unique in their own way, but all were trying to survive their crazy upbringing.
The book starts off in a scene when the author is 3 years old and spilled boiling water on herself when trying to cook. It’s a great attention-grabber for the first chapter, and shows you how weird and challenging her childhood was.
It’s really an inspirational story of how she pulled herself out of the wreckage of her past. It just goes to show our parents and family don’t define who we are or what we’ll become.
This author did his research – BEFORE he became clean. I can’t even guarantee he is clean now, only that he has researched the harms and benefits of his abuse to the nth degree. It doesn’t seem to be progressing him anywhere, but it’s so interesting reading about the research going into addiction studies, etc. For example, naloxone.
This author is well-written, highly detailed, and very attention-grabbing. He details stories with other addicts, not just his own. It’s really interesting. Give it a read!
From poverty to racism, prostitution, gangs, abuse, addiction, and everything in between – this memoir contains everything.
Cupcake Brown watched her mother die, became a foster child in many abusive households, and ran away multiple times. It wasn’t long before drugs and street crime filled her life. Soon she joined a gang, and experienced what it was like to get shot. Speaking to her higher power, she soon found “coincidences” that led her to better opportunities. She did not waste them. She got a job, but still fought addiction. After rehab was she only able to flourish through school and become an inspiring lawyer.
A great book that I had trouble putting down.