Leaving behind a nightmarish college experience, 19-year-old Nicole and her best friend Eric escape their home of Bangor, Maine to start a new life in Boston. Fragile and scared, Nicole desperately seeks a new beginning to help erase her past. But there is something besides freedom waiting for her in the shadows - a drug that will make every day a nightmare.
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. It holds her hand through deaths and prostitution, but her addiction keeps her in the darkness. When her family tries to strike a match to help light her way, Nicole must choose between a life she can hardly remember, and a love for heroin she'll never forget.
©2016 Marni Mann (P)2016 Marni Mann
I bought the book years ago and loved it. it inspired me to write my own and after re-reading the book and listening to it in the audio version I knew I made the right choice. heroin is no joke it is evil and it will take control of you and your life so quickly that you don't even realize it. It is a person's worst nightmare.
Sadly, I learned what heroin can do to a person. I feel like I'm starting to understand the hold it has. A loved one is in the beginning stages of this book and it terrifies me to know that she may follow the same path.
When Eric overdosed. I thought for sure that would be the wake-up call moment.
The emotion, or lack thereof. The survival from one hit to the next, tone. You can't get that from a book.
When Michael expressed his tough love. I'm sure it was the hardest ever to have turned around and walked away. And when he appeared like an angel, only to leave as an angel.
I had to stop listening here and there even though I so badly wanted to hear more. Some parts were so frightening because I was afraid of what might happen next. This is so out of my realm of understanding and my lifestyle that every chapter just shocked me to the core, although I learned so much as my loved one makes the same statements, and has the same skewed view of denial.
I've never used the word "riveting" before but I think this best describes how I feel about this book! I can't stop listening to it. It depicts the very real struggles of being in active addiction. I know all to well as I am 4 years into recovery now. love this book!
I did not read the print version
The truth in addiction and recovery. It was blunt, cringe-worthy, stomach-turning at times, but it told a human story without all the fluff.
I loved the narrator's performance.
Yes. I felt like I was right there on the journey, the pain, heartbreak, rolling around at bottom and the struggle out into the light. There were no promises made, no fairytales, just a day in the life, and stringing a bunch of those days together.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
I can't. This story was so gritty and raw. The subject matter is very intense and the author does not sugar coat it.
Nicole because this was her journey.
There is a scene where they go to a party being held by Eric's boss at a really nice place on the beach. And there are fireworks...
Once you start, what lengths will you go to to cover it up?
I received a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. I did enjoy this book it felt real, gritty and honest.
Goodness this book pulled at all my feelings. I found myself angry and hating Nicole so much at moments but I couldn't put her story down to save my own life. A completely ensnaring account of the way drugs consumes someones life. The destruction that followed her downward spiral was really so tragic to listen to. The story was compelling enough to flow from one event to the next and the narration was really good and made for a good listen. This book was given to me in exchange for honest review.
Possibly; the book was heavy going and hard to get through becasue of the painful subject itis dealing with. It certainly is worth reading simply to learn the terrible lessons of how drugs can reduce a normal lovely person to a shell of themselves in no time at all.
One couldn't really change anything as it was written in the form of a personal recollection of sorts. The author Marni Mann didn't shy away from anything and brought home the depts addicts go to feed the habit and become blind to all reason and advice from friends or family.
Obviously Nicole as the book is her story. The narrator did a fine job.
I don't think i would... I watched Trainspotting years ago, but that was darkly humourous... this book was anything but that.
Very good account of the dangers of drug addiction and how it destroys the user and the people who love theaddict too. Very sad.
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
I love storytelling.
I don’t know how to begin to thank you for telling your story. It was one of the honest things I have ever read. It was real, ugly and raw. You took me on unforgettable journey. I was able to witness the inside view of addiction. I cried with you. I hurt with you. I wanted to wrap you in my arms and keep you safe. I read every day to check on you, but some days I just couldn’t. I was worried if you were hungry or cold. Did you make it home? Have you been to sleep? I just needed to know you were okay. Your story is painful and gut-wrenching... but I want you to know that I think you are very brave. I think you’re stronger than you realize. It lives deep within your soul. I wish you nothing but the best in life. May all your hopes and dreams come true. I hope to pick up part two "Scars from a Memoir" soon to see how you have progressed in life. I hope that others learn from your experience. If this experience can save one life... then it was all worth telling your story. I’ll think of you often. Make us proud. Make yourself proud.
All the best,
Extraordinary writing by author Marni Mann. She pulls you in and gives you a front row seat.
Arden Hammermith was unforgettable in her performance. Her narration is one of the best I've heard this year. She came prepared with each character, accent and emotion. I highly recommend a listen.
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