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USA Today best-selling book!

Mike Majlak was a 17-year-old from a loving middle-class family in Milford, Connecticut, when he got caught up in the opioid epidemic that swept the nation. For close to a decade thereafter, his life was a wasteland of darkness and despair. While his peers were graduating from college, buying homes, getting married, having kids, and leading normal lives, Mike was snorting Oxycontin, climbing out of cars at gunpoint, and burying his childhood friends.

Unable to escape the noose of addiction, he eventually lost the trust and support of everyone who had ever loved him. Alone, with nothing but drugs to keep him company, darkness closed in, and the light inside him - the last flicker of hope - began to dim. His dreams, potential, and future were all being devoured by a relentless addiction too powerful to fight.

Despair filled him as he realized he wasn't going to survive. Somehow, he did. He not only survived, he thrived. Now, he's a social media personality with millions of followers and an entrepreneur, marketer, podcaster, YouTuber, and author who hopes to use his voice to shine a light for those whose own lights have grown dim. This is his story.

©2020 Mike Majlak and Riley J. Ford (P)2020 Mike Majlak and Riley J. Ford

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Book is straight fire

I never finished a book.. and wish I hadn’t. It was similar to your favorite movie or documentary.. you love it the entire way though & all the sudden.. it’s over. I can’t wait for the movie to come out just so I can be the guy that says “the book was way better”. Mike turned his dark past & bloomed it into a bright future. This book symbolizes something different for everyone. For me, although I’ve never been an addict myself.. it really opened up an insight into a whole new world. It was also a symbol of hope & you can truly achieve anything w the right mindset.

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life changing book

loved the book! A truly life changing story... Thanks for this master piece. Much love

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Great story

Bought this on Apple Books and had to get it here on audible also, it’s a great listen

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A must listen for anyone battling addiction

I found out who Mike was through videos on YouTube. I didn’t know about his battle with addiction until recently and then saw him promote this book so I checked it out. Whatever opinion you have of him from his videos online is irrelevant so throw it out. This is a perfectly executed book about what it’s like to have this disease and was made profoundly more authentic by his brutal honesty about the details most would be to ashamed to share. Mad respect to this dude.

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Amazing book

Mike Explained the experience of addiction n recovery perfectly with some humor n action this book really is a 5 star book

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Great read

Very entertaining and exciting. I really like the mike was the one who narrated it. Aswell as a very eye opening book on the abuse of drugs in suburban America. With a good ending to go on top.

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awearness

This book is great awearness and education for the topic, really inspiring to see how he survived all that and still had his fun and entertaining persona.

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GREAT inspirational story

Truly enjoyed this book. I couldn’t stop listening. What an incredible story this guy has of where he came from , what he went through and where he is now. Thank you Mike !

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BEST BOOK YOU WILL EVER READ

This book has changed my life in many ways i continue to re read this book & always find something I missed the time before
Mike has such a heart touching story I think anyone & everyone could learn & benefit from<3 so so much love to Mike

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great book definitely would recommend

loved It most definitely would recommend shows how bad drugs can be and how damaging they can be not to just yourself but to everyone around you

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-28-21

Incredibly Powerful Story! A Must listen/read

Incredible story! Amazingly well put together. This book is so enthralling, it’s incredibly powerful, uplifting and relatable in many ways for a lot of us readers! Glad you came out on the other side Mike!

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  • John Widell
  • 06-20-21

Very good book, inspirational

I would highly recommend this book to anybody suffering through addiction or mental affliction. The struggles of Mike offer themselves up as grand motivation for the reader. If you wish to get clean from addiction or simply read a book that awakens self reflection, then this is the book for you. Thanks Mike.

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  • Simion
  • 06-11-21

S Pisten.

This shall be a must read book for all the teenagers, incredible story! Mike, you’re an inspiration, well done!

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  • Luke420
  • 06-09-21

A MUST!!

This book has been super inspirational as I've been through struggles myself. Highly recommend to anyone.

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  • Karim Bassit
  • 04-05-21

Amazing story

What a story. Mike has been through a lot in his life. Very brave of him to share his story to the world. Just wow. Keep it up Big Mike. Well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-31-21

First Audiobook

As my first Audiobook I don’t really know where a review stands but personally as a drug user myself I feel this book was very powerful pretty slow at times but overall a great look at a celebrity’s story and as a celebrity I feel Mike is using his social power to try and change others now and this book was a great starting point for that .

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  • Gunvir Dhillon
  • 03-28-21

Great Book

Great book, I found this book helped me empathise with those who are affected by addiction better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-21-21

my opinion

Listened to it in a span of 2 days and I loved it! The book has been very helpful. I stil have a lot to reflect on from listening to this but already received some very much needed answers for my life! Great book Mike!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-19-21

Amazing a must read!

I couldn't stop listening to it, the story was so honest, thrilling and inspiring. Didn't want it to end

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-21

wow

Ermm dont know how I feel, can't describe it. just feel motivated and inspired in ways that I have never been. wow. just wow.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-21

Fantastic

Amazing story set against the backdrop of America's opioid pandemic. Finished to the entire audio-book in two days and the fact the story is being told in Mike's actual voice makes it all the more personable.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-21

Great listen

Really didn't expect to like this as much as I did, this is honestly the only audiobook I've finished in a single day - can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-21

wowohwow

this is a great book really loved the rawness of it

mike did a great job in both the writing and telling of the story feel honoured to read this

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-29-21

Amazing and informative

Loved every minute. Such an insight into the world of drugs. Honest and confronting. Personal struggle

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-21-20

The fifth vital

Brilliant story, love Mike and everything he does for YouTube, his story and ability to reflect with passion and confidence is amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-17-20

Fantastic Story

I own the book but hearing Mike tell the story and hear the struggle in his voice through the tough stories makes this book so much better

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-06-20

Fucking GREAT book

Bruh! If this not gonna change your life how you think and what to do I don't know what else can help! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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  • Ty Stevens
  • 10-23-20

Very Well written and truthful!

This book has by far taken the lead for anything I have read/listen to so truthful and heart felt. And amazing story of mikes insane, scary, painful but amazing life this story will change people’s lives with out a doubt. he has done and amazing thing here and can not wait to see where he takes it. This book will leave you not wanted to stop listing so be prepared for a long sitting. Ps having your own voice in there is a game changer and everyone voice in the letters very very well done.

To Mike Majlak and Riley j. Ford this book has opened my eyes from when I had a light ( compared to mike ) addiction at a younger age to how much the points you make in this book are 100% spot on and how family will help you even if you Think there not.

Anyway this is going to change lives and save many people and for that I thank you.

Ty Stevens
QLD , AUSTRALIA

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-11-20

Best Book I’ve Ever Heard/Read

I don’t ever read books, but after listening to Mike on impaulsive and watching him on YouTube and hearing glimpses of his story about his past and how he got to where he was today, I knew I had to listen to this! I couldn’t get the chance to read it because I live in Australia and shipping was hella expensive for the paperback so I downloaded Audible and from the moment I started listening I couldn’t stop! Mike’s story is so inspiring, and I personally can take away a lot from this book to place into my own world.
Thank you Mike! You’re a scumbag, but a fucking legend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-28-20

Life changing!

I absolutely loved it! It is a truly remarkable story of dealing with mental health and addiction. Mikes perseverance to rewrite some very dark times of his past, stories that most would deep burried in the past, he decided to open to the world so that we can see the damaging effect drugs can have on anyone. This story isn't just for addicts or recovering addicts, but also for those who struggle with mental health or those who struggle for a purpose in life. I could not recommend this book more.