I have to say this book brought out emotions in me to the point where I laughed, giggled, laughed aloud and finally cried and cried some more.
"Sick" is a look back at the last vestiges of the hippie movement in the 80's. When people were still following The Grateful Dead around and being a "deadhead" was a bit of a mystic. The drugs and alcohol flowed freely at the concerts and there wasn't anything you couldn't buy from someone out of the back of their VW Van. Well, there was something you couldn't buy...sobriety. That is the one thing that has to be earned in pain, suffering and determination.
This is one woman's journey from her early days growing and selling marijuana to her heroin addiction and her spiral into an abusive relationship. It is painful, sad, frightening in its look into physical and emotional abuse and emotionally draining to read. But it is worth reading.
This is not a book that follows the rules of writing. You won't find perfectly constructed sentences and a plot that moves from point A to point B in any kind of a structured line. It is sometimes confusing as people move in and out of the storyline without explanation of any kind. Nor does every character in some way advance the story. Dialogue sometimes runs together without regard for the rules and there are times you do have to go back a bit to figure out who exactly is speaking. It is written in the first person but occasionally slips to the third and once or twice to the second.
But still this is worth reading. More than worth reading...it is worthy of being read. It is absolutely compelling. I will read this again and recommend it to anyone who wants a story that captivates while telling the truth in a bold and open manner.
Jen, thank you for telling us your story.
(reviewed the day of purchase)