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Jared Bryan Smith is a survivor of alcoholism, acute psychosis, delusional grandiose thinking, and himself in general. His journey with all drugs, hippies, needles, women and pain are an entertaining read, up until he totally loses his mind and finds the rooms of AA. Upon being relieved of the obsession to drink and drug, he finds he has Hepatitis C, requiring a year of Interferon treatment, for which he does not have health insurance. Miracle upon miracle allow the impossible to happen. An entertaining, personal memoir.
Francina 'CeaCea' Golem
on July 12, 2011 :
I read this book and then reread this book before writing this today...it will be on my list of BEST recovery books for a good long time, if not forever. I had just finished 2 recovery books, one by Noah Levine and the other called Scar Tissue by AK. I was not happy with either book. They went on and on about their addictions almost glorifying it. NOT what I was wanting to read..I want you to share your story..your struggle, then your hope and strength so that I might glean that for myself as well. This book reached inside of me..spoke to me, if you will. It caused some deep healing, deep cleansing from my past even through the first read...sometimes we think we are all alone and then we meet another who has went through their personal hell as well. I recommend this book for people in all kinds of recovery..trust me..you will pick it up again and again..and to the author thank you..and please continue writing.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on April 01, 2011 :
Some might ask themselves why a person would choose to write and publish a memoir. It would seem that some do it for the notoriety, others for the potential money-making aspects of it; still others reveal their story to encourage hope and healing. To have the genuine wish to inspire others who are suffering, to find ways help them fight for strength and hope; a more pure motive would be hard to find. For some readers, this story may stir-up memories of their own past and for others it may be an eye-opening glimpse at an emotional roller coaster ride that one man called life. It could not have been easy for author Jared Bryan Smith to write so candidly about the problems from his past when they included topics such as substance abuse, physical and mental abuse and severe mental-health issues, but share his story he has. This book may not be suggested reading material for individuals who are suffering from emotional or mental-health issues as the author’s rather direct approach and plain-spoken style could be a trigger for some; should a mental health professional deem it appropriate subject matter for a patient on a case-by-case basis and for those who are ready, Jared’s story would do doubt be an incredible inspiration and offer hope to them as well. For those who are considering a path or are already headed toward a life of out-of-control partying and substance abuse for supposed “recreational purposes”, they may find Jared’s memoir a revealing glimpse into their future and the wake-up call that they have been waiting for. Hippopotamus Sea will quickly and actively engage the reader, making it very difficult to put it down. Due to some graphic language, dialogue concerning substance, emotion and physical abuse, it is recommended that readers of this book be 16 years of age or older.
Copyright 2011 (c) Nurture Your BOOKS --- Bobbie Crawford-McCoy
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 25, 2010 :
A riveting book from page one forward. For those who have ever suffered from addiction and/or hepatitis c, this is a must-read. It chronicles a young man who reached the depths of hell dealing with both in his life. The book graphically depicts his personal battles with the horrors of hep c and the demons of his addiction. More importantly, it describes his miraculous comeback from these depths. The book tugs at the core of human emotions and exhilarates the reader with his journey to a healthy sober life. It's a must-read for victims of these diseases or the family members of same. Don't miss it.
(reviewed long after purchase)