Reviews of HIGH On Love & Addiction

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5.0 out of 5 stars AAMBC Book Reviews,November 6, 2010
This review is from: High: On Love & Addiction (Paperback)

I definitely found this book difficult to put down. The storyline takes you into the world of a person addicted to drugs and the ones that love the addict. Any reader will be intrigued while reading this book knowing that 2 people have allowed us, the reader, to see what goes on when a person has a chemical addiction and the affect it has on those that love the addicted. Like most addicts, Jeanie thought that she was hiding her drug use from April. As Jeanie’s use escalated, April became torn between her love for her and the reality of their situation. Missing money, lies, and empty promises soon gave way to April leaving. A tragedy brought the two back together. Along with Jeanie’s struggle to stay “clean and sober” through rehabilitation, the two developed a unique way of handling their problem. I am sure anyone reading their story will give their full attention to it. I highly recommend it.

Zandra Barnes
AAMBC Reviewer

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4.0 out of 5 stars Memoir of a painful journey,July 23, 2011
This review is from: High: On Love & Addiction (Paperback)

This book is the weaving of two stories of addiction, the crack nightmare of Jeanie and April. It is also a love story. When they met, neither of them knew what lay ahead. They only knew they wanted to be together. As their relationship developed, it became clear that life would not be a simple progression toward happily-ever-after. Jeanie’s long-standing drug habit became the overriding narrative.

This true life story unfolds in the voices of both women through exposition and diary entries. The combination gives immediacy to their experience as they try to work out their relationship against the backdrop of mistrust, deception, betrayal and disappointment that drug addiction creates. As Jeanie’s descent into addiction becomes worse, April weighs the desire to help her against the necessity of saving her own sanity.

Once the crisis is reached, much of the narrative is contained in the diary of Jeanie’s early sobriety. It captures her plodding determination as well as the dawning realization that a life without drugs doesn’t mean that everything will automatically become wonderful. But it does get better.

I found that sometimes I had trouble knowing who was speaking. That may have been the ecopy of the book I had, but there were times when I had to go back and reread for clarity of the voices. I think this is a unique treatment of the subject, told in both important voices in a realistic, no-nonsense way. I’m recommending this book to friends in recovery.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book,March 23, 2012
This review is from: High: On Love & Addiction (Paperback)

This book was so difficult to put down after I started reading it. It’s a compelling account of what it is like to beat addiction and to love an addict. This book would give hope to any addict who thinks that he or she cannot fight the disease. I recommend this book to everyone!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational look into love and addiction,August 15, 2011
This review is from: High: On Love & Addiction (Paperback)

So, I spent the afternoon and evening with you, Jeanie, and the book…couldn’t put it down really…thank you for sharing it with the world. Two of my favorite lines…” I do not know when, but someday I will find the strong black woman that I am.” Such power in that statement, yet submissive to life’s journey as well! And the other which I will be adding to my blessings list, ” Its 11pm and someone who cares about me knows where I am” I don’t think I ever acknowledged what an important blessing and gift that is to have.

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