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Addiction

By Margaret McHeyzer

 
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Publication Date: July 24, 2018
Genre: Dark Young Adult/New Adult

Synopsis:

Meth, crank, ice, glass, fire, tina, chalk, crystal or crystal meth.
Whatever you call it, it’s the same thing. Addictive.

Drugs ruin people’s lives. 
I should know, they destroyed mine. 
I’m Hannah and I got hooked on ice. What started as a trickle, ended with a tsunami washing everything away; my family, my life.
I’m not sure you’re ready to read my story; it’s real and confronting. 
Open the book, read the pages and see how easy it is for anyone to get addicted. 
Ice affects all types of people. It doesn’t discriminate. 
It will SCREW. YOU. UP.


*Drug abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and emotional conditioning. Recommended for 16+ Contains distressing content. It will cause you anger, frustration and you'll want to hurt some characters

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Author Bio:

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER OF UGLY AND MISTRUST

**Write something worth reading**

I'm Margaret and I'm a self-published author.

Recently I was fortunate in obtaining New York Times best selling status on my YA/NA book - Ugly, and my YA book - Mistrust.

My last five books have been YA and I'm completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and stories.

My writing genres all differ, but the one thing I keep consistent is my heroines. All my female lead characters are strong, gutsy and not the 'perfect' woman. While my books all have romantic elements in them, they aren't just about the romance. They're about finding strength, acceptance and making life long connections.

I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I have while writing them.

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Review & Wrap-Up:

Wow! I've had a rough last couple of books! And I don't mean in the sense that they were bad books, but that the material itself has been tough and not everyday topics that get discussed. I went from reading about a young girl with cancer, who wants nothing more than to live life to it's fullest before coming to her inevitable fate with Terminal 19, to reading about another young girl who has everything: a perfect home life and a dream of her future, who throws it all away on a boy and drugs with Addiction. Talk about tough reading!

Hannah, a seventeen-year-old high school senior has her life planned. She works hard to get good grades so she can go to college to become a teacher. An only child, she lives a happy life with her parents who are extremely lax with her, and spends most of her non-study time with her best friend, Kristen. It is through Kristen - in a round about way - that Hannah meets Edgar, the local drug dealer, and once setting eyes upon her, Edgar decides he will have Hannah. And even though she knows she shouldn't get involved with a drug dealer, she is his. 

Addiction is not for the feint of heart. It's raw, grotesque and horrifying. And very addicting in and of itself. I couldn't put it down. The mixed bag of emotions I felt while reading Addiction were a constant stream. One moment I was angry with Hannah, and then next I felt sorry for her. I pitied her. And the amount of disgust I felt for Edgar and 'the bodyguard' at times is the only thing that would make me set the book down. I would have to walk away, and occupy my mind elsewhere before I could come back and finish the chapter. 

Addiction really gives you an insight into the lives and minds of those hooked on drugs. The crazy things their minds come up with. The hallucinations, the ideas, and the emotions. This crazy whirlwind of delusions. It makes you think differently about those you know to be on or have been on drugs, and the their friends and family. The amount of pain and suffering that is caused by these chemicals is astounding, and I feel truly sorry for all of those involved. 

It's recommended that you be of 16+ to read this book, and maybe that's a good age to set it at, but personally, I would suggest even those younger than 16 read it. The content is hard and graphic at times, and it may be difficult for those younger to read and understand it, but I think that maybe, if it was read as a group - a youth group, a health class, a counseling session... I don't know - but read as a group, with adults involved so questions can be asked, this book should be read by those younger than 16. Drugs, sex and illicit behavior are happening younger and younger, and maybe if we teach about it earlier, then maybe we can get a grasp on this never ending pandemic. 

Take the time to read the "foreword"  and the "from the author" sections at the beginning an end. They, both, will help you to understand Hannah's world and others in it that are addicts like her. Something that Margaret McHeyzer says in her closing remarks that really caught my attention and understanding:

"Addiction has taught me something. And that is, to have compassion. The war on drugs is epic, the casualty numbers are climbing. Anybody can become a statistic."

 

If you  or someone you know is on drugs, please get yourself or them the help the need. 

  • Drug Abuse Hotline US: 1-877-978-1523 or 1-877-659-9350
  • Life Line Australia: 13 11 44
  • Support Line Telephone Helpline UK: 01708 76522
  • Action on Addiction UK: 0300 330 0659

 

From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.
—Dani

Dani's Score out of 5: 📚📚📚📚📚


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Love this book? Take a look at Go Ask Alice

January 24th
After you've had it, there isn't even life without drugs...

It started when she was served a soft drink laced with LSD in a dangerous party game. Within months, she was hooked, trapped in a downward spiral that took her from her comfortable home and loving family to the mean streets of an unforgiving city. It was a journey that would rob her of her innocence, her youth - and ultimately her life.

Read her diary.
Enter her world.
You will never forget her.

For thirty-five years, the acclaimed, bestselling fist-person account of a teenage girl's harrowing descent into the nightmarish world of drugs has left an indelible mark on generations of teen readers. As powerful - and as timely - today as ever, Go Ask Alice remains the definitive book on the horrors of addiction.

Start a conversation: Talk with your children about drugs and their effects. No one is safe from becoming an addict, not even a perfect child like Hannah. 


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