My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Content warnings: mentions of sex, drug use, drug abuse, drug overdose, talk of experiences in rehab, heterosexual relationships
So, if you’ve never been on drugs (the illegal kind, not the prescription kind where you take according to what you’re suppose to) and never had to go to rehab and aren’t rich and white, this is a great book to second hand experience all that. There is a reason I mention rich and white. The main character of this book is a kind of rich white lady actress. So she gets that special privilege of only being in a month long rehab program and then an outpatient program for the meetings. Which, from what I’ve read on research and first hand opinions of people NOT in those circumstances is NOT a viable option for everyone.
Now, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I look at it as Carrie Fisher writing what SHE knows. It’s even listed as semi-autobiographical and she’s even stated that, when they did the movie for this and she was asked why she didn’t play the lead role, she’s already been Suzanne.
This book has humour, some of it self deprecating in a coping type of way but it also stays on the serious side of hey this happened and this is what happened afterwards. I mean, had they made us read this in elementary school rather than having the next to useless DARE program (which really made me expect to be propositioned to do drugs more than I ever have been…twice in the 31 years I’ve been alive), it would have been a much better “don’t do drugs” program. And most likely more effective.
All in all, this was a pretty great book to read.
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