I get a chance to read books sometimes. I figured out, kinda to my dismay, that when you start outlining books, making notes for books, flow-charting plot lines, editing, actually writing them, editing, then editing, and more damn editing, you don’t have as much “ME” time as you used to have when you were a slacker. When you would wear your pajama bottoms and a feed store cap for days on end while drinking Schlitz beer and playing Super Mario Bros. Even though that in itself was a grueling schedule – there was occasionally time to read a book.
One of the books I made time for this year is Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales: A Story of Addiction by Marni Mann.
I’m glad that I made time for this one – it was compelling, dark, dramatical (that’s so a real word), emotional, edge of your seatness, and thrilling. Now, with everything I just typed and from reading this blog I know what you’re thinking: This is more crap about a secret space alien conspiracy involving the woodchuck overlords in power armor suits fighting against elves that bake cookies and hunt chupacabras – but NO!
And while everything I’ve just listed should one day be a book, this book is actually about a real life kinda girl named NIcole – someone just like someone that you and I have surely known in our day to day real lives (they exist, get off Facebook for a minute and stop checking in that you’re at Old Navy). Nicole is one of those people who has real hopes and dreams about her future – but she’s haunted by something terrible that happened to her. She makes the decision to move on with her life and leaves her small town home and moves to the big city, but life just won’t seem to let her get over her past and she slowly starts to make ever-increasing bad choices as to how to proceed with her life.
Sometimes even when we think we’re doing the right thing and making the best choices that we possibly can in how to deal with our reality we end up telling ourselves that we need certain things to survive. If we let this story we’ve concocted in our heads get the best of us, then we end up creating a reality for ourselves that is far worse than the one we’re trying so hard to escape from.
Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales has over 40 5-Star Reviews on Amazon and is completely legit FREE for your Kindle. True, it’s no Witches VS Robots, but it’s still one of the best books I’ve read in a long time!