Love Junkie is the story of Rachel Resnick's dangerous addiction to sex and love. It's an addiction that has cost her in horrible ways throughout the course of her life - from the time she rear-ended a family van on the freeway because she was obsessively speed-dialing her lover's phone, to when she blew the deadline on her first major newspaper assignment. Love Junkie charts Rachel Resnick's harrowing emotional journey from addiction to intimacy, from despair to hope, and the men - the worst kind of men - who accompanied her on it. It is a groundbreaking and compulsively readable memoir that cracks open one of the more elusive and pervasive addictions of our time. Written with raw humour and unflinching honesty, it is the story of coming to terms with your past in order to be able to map out a different kind of future.
Rachel Resnick picks up her pen in her forties— single, broke, depressed, and childless. What happened?
Looking back over the years, Rachel peels back one exquisite yet failed relationship after another to discover why she's so far away from her dreams of marriage and family. Shouldn't that be the end result, when all you cared about was love?
Resnick got her first lesson in passion from her beautiful and addicted mother, who took her children to a brink that few have experienced. It affected Resnick for the rest of her life. I remember meeting Rachel and Janet Finch of "White Oleander" in a green room at a writers festival one afternoon... and we had a goosebumps moment of mutual recognition: the survivors club of filicide.
LJ is superbly narrated by Lauren Weedman, who brings out the humor and the pathos in each scene, top notch.
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I listened to this book and wondered if Rachel Resnick was going to find a solution to her issues. She did a good job explaining the how and why she became a love junkie and she was successful in explaining the insights she learned along the way. What I found hard to understand was that in the end she didn't really solve her issues with being a love junkie just transferred it into a different less destructive form.
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