Mascara Boy

Bullied, Assaulted, & Near Death: Surviving Trauma & Addiction
Narrated by: Brandon Lee
Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (56 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Author Brandon Lee is a two-time Emmy winning journalist for his reporting on the opioid crisis. The irony is that Brandon was also a drug addict. Brandon’s trauma, however, started as a child when he was sexually abused by his piano teacher and youth soccer coach. The tragedy is that Brandon held it inside because of shame and fear. It wasn’t until the age of 37 when Brandon was reporting on a story about sex assault in the #MeToo era when he finally got the courage to break his silence about being a sex victim and how that trauma led him down a dark path of sex and drug addiction.

At age 16, Brandon was snorting cocaine, getting high off whippets, and drinking to blackouts all while attending Catholic school. The drug abuse got worse as Brandon got older. He would attend raves and circuit parties to get high. His drug addiction fueled his sex addiction. Brandon eventually created a double life. One as a professional news anchor. The other as a strung out druggie in the slums of Los Angeles. He describes the moment he took his first hit off the crack pipe. He felt invincible. Unstoppable. He describes it as breathing in the Devil. After nearly dying in a coma after an overdose, Brandon sought out a 12-Step program and has been sober ever since 2-22-2010. His story breaks every stereotype people have of a drug addict.

Brandon’s mission is to give other addicts hope that they can build a new life they never thought possible.

©2019 Brandon Lee (P)2019 Brandon Lee

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Became a BIGGER FAN after finishing Mascara Boy!

What an amazing story of Brandon’s life! I laughed, I cried...so much strength & perseverance displayed throughout each chapter! Many wouldn’t have come out alive after enduring everything Brandon had; he truly has answered his “higher calling”! Much love!

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A life-changing story

Brandon Lee’s story of surviving trauma and addiction is proof that grace exists. Mascara Boy helped change my way of viewing my life’s challenges. Mr. Lee takes his readers and listeners through a journey through ups and downs: ranging from hurt to finding success, despair, and ultimately hope. It is a treat to hear Brandon read his life story as he talks about how he faces his life’s demons and with the grace of a Higher Power writes his autobiography. He does not approach the story as a victim, but as a victor. “Mascara Boy” encourages forgiveness and personal healing. I highly recommend this book for anyone who suffers or has suffered from bullying, depression, or addiction.

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A must read! It’s Raw Amazing and Powerful !

I bought and read the hard copy and I had to buy the audio version too. It’s that good..Brandon Lee has overcome so many obstacles . His story will shock you with what he went through but he is a Survivor. I believe he is going help saving lives with his real life story Brandon was brutally honest . I Thank you for that ...

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Powerful

Just wow. I didn’t want to turn it off! Not only for those with addiction or recovering. It is so moving and relatable to all. This is a wake up call for how we as a society treat each other. Especially within our church communities, and the United States. We need to lead the way in love for all. Thank you Brandon, for your bravery and commitment to championing these challenges and inspiring us all. This would be an incredible movie btw.

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Not worth the audible credit.

I could not keep listening. I got to chapter five and had to call it quits.

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Great Book!!

I loved this book, I lived in Phoenix and used to watch Brandon on the news all the time. It was awesome to hear him share his story. Thanks for sharing your story Brandon!

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Definitely one hell of a book. So real, so genuine

Thank you Brandon for writing such a great story of your life. This will help so many of us who need help, Faith, and hope.

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Definitely recommend

I would definitely recommend this book to any person going through a hard time. Either through a recovering process, someone who has been abused or someone who can connect with the authors life and how he overcame all those obstacles in his life. REALLY GOOD BOOK!!! Hands up 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼

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Open, honest, heartfelt

Brandon tells of his experiences in a heartbreaking and brutally honest way. It would be a shame if anyone else had narrated this other than him. His emotion comes through and further explains his points. I'm glad he remains sober and in control of his life, but also glad he has shared the difficult journey he has taken to be here. Thank you Brandon!

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Brandon has a great life story

I live in AZ and get to see Brandon on the news from time to time. He has a great story and does a great presentation of it. Thank you for sharing it with us.