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“I’m not going to try it,” I said. 

“You’ll like it,” she argued. 

“I know I’ll like it,” I said. “That’s why I’m not going to try it.” 

“Try it just this once and I’ll never ask you to do it again.” 

That was a deal. I slipped back into the driver’s seat while Pam corn-rowed two neat lines of the silky white powder on the back of a plastic cassette tape cover. 

Fifteen hundred dollars every month, an abusive boyfriend, a molested child, a lost family, hotels for houses, a ruined leg, a gun to my head, a knife to my butt, and a jail cell all my own. Black eyes, bruised days, broken hours. Looking back, it seems strange what I gave up to get my roommate off my back.

In her debut memoir, Andrade tells of her years with cocaine and crystal methamphetamine using, then selling, until all she had left of the life she wanted was a chalk outline and a pack of cigarettes.

This is the story of her use and recovery, of the people who frustrated and inspired her, of the decision to leave the drug world. It is the story of her slow, often unsteady walk home.

©2019 Laura Andrade and Jean Knight Pace (P)2020 Laura Andrade and Jean Knight Pace

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I enjoyed the story until it got into the God stuff. Listening to the author get brainwashed made my skin crawl and I couldn’t finish it. A waste of money.

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Wonderful story of hope and redemption

Jean and Laura masterfully write a real story of how one person through Christ can overcome the most difficult challenges and find joy. I couldn’t put it down. Thank you both!

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Disappointed

The premise of this memoir held great promise but failed to deliver. The reader conveys arrogance throughout the book. As a "Christian" one doesn't understand it. It's not how I was taught to forgive.

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Don’t give up hope

This is an amazing story of redemption. I loved it and applaud Laura for her bravery in sharing her story.

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a unique journey

The beginning of the book got me hooked but it started to lose steam about half way through. I do appreciate her telling her story and admire how she turned her life around. That in itself is 5 stars.

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Inspiring!

I was engaged throughout the entire thing. The authors experiences with hardship and transformation through Christ were very moving. The beginning chapters were a bit heavy and very real, but gave me a new perspective on life. The narrator has a great voice for this story!

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Brave

Honest real and inspiring. Great story telling and the narrator is pleasant and perfect for this read!

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Four Seconds

I think the book was well written but a tad long in the tooth towards the end

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Inspiring!

I loved this memoir. Often I feel trapped by life circumstances and this story brought me hope that anyone can change and become more! Thank you Laura for sharing your story and for it’s beautiful message of hope!