How to Grow an Addict

A Novel
Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Contemporary
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Randall Grange has been tricked into admitting herself into a treatment center and she doesn't know why. She's not a party hound like the others in her therapy group - but then again, she knows she can't live without pills or booze.

Raised by an abusive father, a detached mother, and a loving aunt and uncle, Randall both loves and hates her life. She's awkward and a misfit. Her parents introduced her to alcohol and tranquilizers at a young age, ensuring that her teenage years would be full of bad choices, and by the time she's 23 years old, she's a full-blown drug addict, well acquainted with the miraculous power chemicals have to cure just about any problem she could possibly have - and she's in more trouble than she's ever known was possible.

©2015 J. A. Wright (P)2017 Tantor

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Sooooo great!

Such a great story and the narrator was fantastic for this piece. A very personal, deep emotional journey through abuse and addiction.

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Five shooting ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️’s!

This book was heartbreakingly real. The first half - telling the story of Randall’s childhood with Aunt Flo and Uncle Hank was my favorite part of the book. The second half was more difficult to digest because of the way Randall made poor choice after bad decision... again and again.

The rehab party of the story was great. Randall finally getting the support she needed (albeit very little from family) was refreshing. She powered through and came out in top in the end. I especially loved how her life came full circle with Aunt Flo and Uncle Hank ❤️

I was happy that she and her mother were finally okay - and her half sister Tammy, too. Her brother Robby though... he can just go straight to H. E. Double Hockey Sticks! Hopefully what comes around goes around with him.

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So sad

I couldn’t stop listening. I’m mourning the fact that it’s over. Very good book. Read it!!

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Good read!

Sad but true! Enjoyable but unfortunate story. Author did a nice job! Easy to listen to.

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Addictive!

Loved this book. Triumph over troubles. Well written, well read. Definitely worth the buy! Thanks.

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no one is born broken

the narrators young, innocent, lovely voice was a constant reminder that behind every broken person making terrible decisions and trying to survive despite the environment they are born to and create is a human being struggling to make sense of it all and survive. Her voice made the difficult portions of this book easier to listen to. It is a reminder of the harm and the good we can do in peoples lives. And while we are responsible for our own actions, let us go beyond the old adage of "do no harm" but let us work to be a beacon in the lives of those who need it.