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Cherry
Cherry: A novel | Nico Walker
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Jesus' Son meets Reservoir Dogs in a breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin. Cleveland, 2003. A young man is just a college freshman when he meets Emily. They share a passion for Edward Albee and Ecstasy and fall hard and fast in love. But soon Emily has to move home to Elba, New York and he flunks out of school and joins the Army. Desperate to keep their relationship alive, they marry before he ships out to Iraq. But as an Army medic, he is unprepared for the grisly reality that awaits him. His fellow soldiers smoke; they huff computer duster; they take painkillers; they watch porn. And many of them die. He and Emily try to make their long-distance marriage work, but when he returns from Iraq, his PTSD is profound, and the drugs on the street have changed. The opioid crisis is beginning to swallow up the Midwest. Soon he is hooked on heroin, and so is Emily. They attempt a normal life, but with their money drying up, he turns to the one thing he thinks he could be really good at--robbing banks. Hammered out on a typewriter, Cherry marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America.
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Redheadrambles
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ 1/2

An incredibly tough read and impossible to review because it feels akin to reviewing someones life. This is auto-fiction and as such I am fighting my nature to want to untangle the fact from the fiction. If there is one reason to pick up this novel then, it is for the sections set in Iraq. Walker gives a very believable, no frills account of the life Iraq circa 2005. The picture he paints is ugly but entirely believable.

Redheadrambles #Readharder2019 - Book written in prison 1mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

This was an interesting book about a man who joins the army and goes to Iraq and doesn‘t really seem to know what he got himself into. Written in a stream of consciousness type style, it really captivated the mindset of a soldier in today‘s world. Parts were a bit tough for me and a but repetitive. #booked2019 #solidersstory

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mobygrapes
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Panpan

This is an excellent example of this style of writing — it just turns out that this style isn‘t to my taste. Despite that, it‘s a fast read, and I was curious enough that I saw it all the way through.

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Kempii
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Imagine your most unflappable friend as a cocaine addict who unintentionally deploys to Iraq and then returns to his life of nonchalant, graphic sex. That‘s this book. It‘s entertaining, easy to read, and muses profoundly on anal sex and true love, often in the same sentence.

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EricBoyd
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Were the outcomes of all the wars decided by push-ups and idle talk, America might never lose.

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Minervasbutler
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This reads like a millenial Catcher in the Rye if Holden Caulfield had turned to hard drugs, enlisted in the army, gone to Iraq and then tried to make a go of it as a bank robber. Unremittingly profane, misogynistic and with a cynical carapace that entirely fails to hide the vulnerable manchild beneath. Often bleakly funny, and I suspect the account of his tour of duty in Iraq is nearer the truth than the military brass would ever admit.

scowler1 I suspect the account of the tour in Iraq to be entirely factual. It's too well written to be fictitious. 7mo
Minervasbutler @scowler1 I think you're right 7mo
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Minervasbutler
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Great line!

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MEGR
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My reading buddy 🖤📖📚

Redwritinghood So cute! 7mo
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MEGR
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Excited to come home from work and pick up where I left off!

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scowler1
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I only just noticed the skull on the cover. This is a fun read. Opiates, Iraq and hopelessness; the American dream. It's all quite horrible but uniquely written. A bit stretched out at the end but overall a brilliant depiction of war and what it does to a young man. I feel ashamed.

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gentlepet
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there are almost no redeeming qualities in this narrator, who is a depressed, misogynistic piece of shit. the book itself is extremely well written without the pacing problems of many debut novels. i LOVED this book. you might hate it. that is extremely valid.

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BookAlongBlog
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Bailedbailed

***DID NOT FINISH***
I wanted to like this book I did but it just wasnt holding my interest unfortunately.
#bookreview #bookblogger #bookblog

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Mehso-so

Books that are mostly about people‘s time doing drugs are never my favorite. This one is interesting, but I still never find the search for drugs and doing them to be thrilling reading.

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ An army medic returns from Iraq with severe undiagnosed PTSD. To cope, he develops an expensive heroin habit, & in desperation, begins robbing banks. Nico Walker penned this semi-autobiographical novel while in prison. It‘s honest, crude, & wholly devastating. The conversational style is brash & often offensive, but to me, felt genuine & necessary. These types of stories are too common. Our service members need better support. 👇🏻

britt_brooke Side note: I was an army spouse for several years as well as a bank teller (who once witnessed a robbery), so this struck some very relatable chords with me. (edited) 10mo
Leftcoastzen love your review! Felt the same way about it. 10mo
mdhughes72 Side note 2: in my experience, heroines are always expensive habits!! 😜 (edited) 10mo
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britt_brooke @mdhughes72 😆😆😆 Thanks for catching that! 10mo
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen Thank you! 10mo
Cathythoughts It really makes a difference when a book hits such a personal chord ... ♥️ 10mo
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts Absolutely! 💚 10mo
mellissimo This cover is fascinating! 😮 10mo
Reviewsbylola This sounds brutal af. 10mo
britt_brooke @mellissimo It‘s trippy! 10mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola It‘s especially brutal when he describes things he saw in Iraq. Brought me to tears. I feel like some of those details are definitely things Walker experienced in real life. 10mo
Blaire My husband is currently reading this one. Hoping to get to it when it finishes - but need to prepare myself. (edited) 10mo
britt_brooke @Blaire I‘ll be curious to hear what you both think. It‘s a tough one. 10mo
Megabooks I have this coming up. Thanks for the warning that it‘s so dark. I may put a hold on it until I‘m less depressed. Great review! 10mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks Thanks! Yes, it‘s extremely dark. Waiting might be a good thing. I look forward to seeing what you think when you get to it. 10mo
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ferskner Such an amazing cover! 11mo
Leftcoastzen Love the cover.Tough book but so glad I read it. 11mo
britt_brooke @ferskner @Leftcoastzen I had seen this brilliant cover a couple of times, but didn‘t know anything about the book itself. The author‘s backstory is amazing, but tough. My husband served in Iraq at roughly the same time as Walker, but fortunately, as a pilot, had a much different experience. I used to be a bank teller and have witnessed a robbery so this is sadly and oddly fascinating to me. 11mo
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ferskner Oh my gosh! I would love to hear that story when we next see each other (if you're okay to tell it). 11mo
britt_brooke @ferskner Sure thing! I don‘t mind telling it. 11mo
Leftcoastzen @britt_brooke Well , please thank him for his service.And saying that does not seem enough.The character here clearly made bad choices before his military experience,but I always wish there was more and better care for our veterans.And your bank experience,yikes. (edited) 11mo
britt_brooke @Leftcoastzen I will - thank you! 💚 And you‘re right, the veteran care in our country is severing lacking. Makes me sad and angry. We are fortunate my husband did not require any, but so many veterans do. 😔 11mo
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mdhughes72
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So 2019 started with a 💥 I blazed through this in 2 days and boy what a ride! I appreciated the easy-breezy writing style which matched the narrator‘s devil-may-care attitude. Some call him racist and sexist, I just call him a lost soul. He really doesn‘t mean to hurt anyone, but of course he ends up doing just that — himself as much as anyone. We need more books by and about veterans!

britt_brooke Just started this because of your review. You don‘t usually steer me wrong! 11mo
mdhughes72 Yeah @britt_brooke this one isn‘t for everyone but it should be right up your alley! You read like a boy! 😜 11mo
britt_brooke @mdhughes72 That is an accurate assessment! 😆 11mo
Nute I had decided to bypass this book for some obscure reason that I can‘t recall now, but it looks like I need to reconsider after reading your review. Thank you!🙂 1mo
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AlizaApp
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I thought this was going to end up being a bit of a gimmick that Walker wrote the book from prison, but I ended up really liking it. One man‘s semi-autobiographical story about joining the army post-9/11, becoming addicted to opioids, and becoming a bank robber to finance his drug habit. And on the way very insightful about the state of America right now.

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mklong
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This book really challenged me. It is autobiographical fiction and the main character is awful. He is misogynistic, racist, selfish, and self destructive, but he does have a story to tell. An important and devastating one, about the realities of war, especially as we know it now, and its aftermath. This is a story worth the telling and the flawed, but unflinchingly honest, storyteller, is exactly the right one to tell it.

Megabooks Thanks for the great review! I‘m still on the fence. I think my feelings would be similar to yours. 12mo
BridgetteM This sounds very intriguing. I read a blurb somewhere about the author and my interest was piqued. 12mo
mklong @Megabooks @BridgetteM Ultimately, I‘m very glad that I read it, but I have many reservations about recommending it. 12mo
ClairesReads I‘m really keen to read thia 11mo
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Smartypants
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The perfect week to read this book as it is the memoir of a #veteran from my hometown of #cleveland. Set in the mid 2000s, it‘s an excellent story of the challenges in middle America, returning war vets and young adulthood.

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Lauren.Archer
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Interesting read, I think the story of the author might actually be more interesting. I would definitely like to see what else he can do.

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Jason7
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This audiobook was quite the surprise. I was not expecting a story so terrific. Walker‘s writing style is a throwback in the vein of Bukowski or Salinger, but the story is gritty and real. If you‘ve ever suffered from drug abuse, you‘ll really enjoy this one. If you haven‘t, you‘ll enjoy it all the same.The author is in jail. I hope he writes another. I listened to Cherry in less than 2 days. One of the best this year. Overall rating: 4.57 stars

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Blair_Reads
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Lunch break reading 💀

mrsh62010 I love this cover 13mo
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Jana
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If the Heroin Diaries met fiction met also non-fiction b/c apparently parts of this story are true, it would result in this book. It‘s a fucking mess that reads like stream of consciousness inside the mind of an addict with PTSD but it‘s also what made it fascinating to read. I didn‘t love it but I liked it a lot. It‘s got a lot of graphic descriptions of drug use and murder and many dogs are killed in the story so if you read it, read w/ caution

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Cydster61
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Sweet Jesus: this book is devastating

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JenReadsAlot
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Took off work today.....#catsoflitsy

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Leftcoastzen
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No apologies in a book that is at times, difficult to take .There is dark humor, in a coming of age story made of bad choices.Nico Walker captures the drift of youth and a tour of duty overseas , the moments of terror ,the boredom in between.How coming home offers little peace,more bad choices but his strait on intensity made me want to know what happens next.

LeahBergen Great review. 👍🏼 13mo
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Leftcoastzen
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This always happens, my hot , new , non renewable hold comes when I am bogged down in many wonderful books including a 1152 pager!I guess I need wine! I got the other one @vivastory and it is so delicious!🍷

merelybookish Looks lovely! 🍷🍷 13mo
DeleteAcct Enjoy! 13mo
vivastory Sorry, I just now saw this post! I tried it & really liked it too. I think I like the Cabernet Sauvignon a bit more, but I will definitely be purchasing this one again! 🍷🍷 13mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory bought the Cab too! Just have not tried it yet.🍷 13mo
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Saknicole
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Cherry is funny, honest, & really took me on a journey with a surprisingly likeable junky. The narrative felt like it was going somewhere, to some kind of climax, or rock bottom, but the result was meh. There didn't feel to be any resolution, just circular tapering off to meet the opening scene of Emily shoving ice down his pants to bring him back to life. But that scene was the beginning; and there was no life to hold on to at the end. #heroin

Smartypants Just because it is set in Cleveland, I‘ll check it out. 13mo
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HillsAndHamletsBookshop
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Extremely dark and graphic, which is probably why so many reviews are so-so. However it is very well written, and is a powerful social critique of modern military culture and American approaches to addiction.

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Chiperskee
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Mehso-so

Another story of wasted life and youth. So much talent down the drain for nothing.

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Kimberlone
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I almost always visit the library or book store on my bf‘s go back to work day (he works 2 weeks on, 2 weeks off); since I went to the book store with my sister on Sunday and had a book to return anyway, I stopped in for a quick visit to the library tonight after work. Couldn‘t resist a selfie since my outfit felt very library appropriate.

rachelsbrittain So cute!! 1y
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RedbagReadbooks
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Mehso-so

3/5🍒. I am not sure how I feel about this book. It reminded me of requiem for a dream without a real ending.... Without the back story about the author I don‘t think I would have cared about any of the characters.

sisilia I love the cover! 1y
RedbagReadbooks @sisilia I love the cover. I didn‘t realize it was a skull 💀 until I looked at it a few times. 1y
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mauveandrosysky
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Nico Walker, the author of this fictionalized memoir, is serving 11 years in prison for bank robbery. This is the raw and abrasive rapid fire account of how he got there—an account of a man who has experienced the depths of anguish and desperation. It‘s hard to understand what it‘s like to reach this kind of bottom. This book is Walker‘s attempt to show us.

Notafraidofwords I think I‘ll pass on this one. It seems dark. These were my first two thoughts. Yet, I‘m reading a book about a woman whose dying of cancer in her 30s. Lol 1y
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Book_Fairy_Mary
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Nico Walker's Cherry is clearly not for the faint of heart. Graphic sex, violence, and drug use dominate this novel, but, for those of us not immediately turned off, the overall reward is worth it. This is a fascinating, yet heartbreaking story that is all too real for many Americans. Happy to add this one to my permanent collection.

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Saknicole
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I'm in army phase of this story. This book is so real, and unreal at the same time. Like he is realistic and almost reasonable, but insane, and that's kind of the appeal. #armymedic #addict #fuckedupbooksaboutfuckeduppeople

Book_Fairy_Mary I'm roughly at the same part. Definitely an interesting book thus far. 1y
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Book_Fairy_Mary
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Here we go! Let's see if Walker's book is worth the hype.

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Mirandareads
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This is a heavy and difficult read. That being said I believe the author did an excellent job of presenting the reader with what it‘s like to be an addict.

Crystalblu The cover is supposed to have a skull on it, right? Or am I just seeing things? 1y
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This was one of the most difficult (emotionally) books I‘ve read in a long time. It‘s full of drugs, language, sex (the worst kind), even animal cruelty—I so wanted some growth, some change, even a glimmer of hope for the protagonist. Sadly, it just shows the downward spiral of a drug user. The parts about Iraq seriously depressed me.

Linsy Beautiful pic! 1y
BookAlongBlog Sorry you didnt enjoy, beautiful pic though! 12mo
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Saknicole
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Weird how this feeling isn't just for junky bank robbers. So far I'm loving the dark humor and honest tone of the book. #quarterlifecrisis #drugaddiction

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Saknicole
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Enjoying the last bit of summer in the hammock before Alaska gets chilly! Just got this book in the mail. I heard an interview on NPR a few weeks ago, and what can I say Terri Gross got me intrigued! #readingoutside #iraqveterans #authorisinprison #bankrobber

Kimberlone I want to borrow this when you‘re done! 1y
Saknicole @Kimberlone absolutely! I'll bring it when I am done 1y
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Book_Fairy_Mary
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So, so excited to read this one! If you haven't checked out Nico Walker's backstory, put it at the top of your To Do list right now! 📚

RaimeyGallant It's a tantalizing cover. 1y
Book_Fairy_Mary @RaimeyGallant isn't it, though?! 💀 1y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy!! 📚🎉📚 1y
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Reggie
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Part Deux because I should give myself some time to think before review. I think my dislike of it is my own stuff. Nico wrote about a meaningless war with such meaningless human violence that of course it was going to mark a person forever. The guilt of surviving. What kind of world do we live in if this stuff happens. And the need for drugs to medicate all the things we don‘t want to feel and can‘t really say. But his drugs started before 👇🏼

Reggie he joins the army and I really wanted to know how he got started because his family was well to do. The guilt I feel for finding this funny comes from... like when you first watch Jerry Springer, and the trainwrecks are hilarious. But after so many episodes it becomes less funny because people ought to know better. They don‘t and every part of Nico‘s train gets wrecked over and over and in more outrageously bad ways. Just say no to drugs. 1y
Kimberlone It may be similar to the appeal of shoes like Intervention. I‘ve heard great things about this book...I think I remember reading that he wrote it in prison? 1y
Reggie @Kimberlone Yes, he‘s in there until 2020, and the book sales will go to help the 30,000 restitution he still owes. But yeah, some guy read his story, sent him some books and encouraged him to write his story. It took 3 years. 1y
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Aimeesue Walker wasn‘t a hard drug user before going to Iraq. He was a medic in the thick of it. That will mess you up. Then you start self medicating. There‘s a reason so many veterans kill themselves. Both are escape mechanisms. We don‘t do anywhere near enough for soldiers with PTSD. Shame on us. 1y
emilyhaldi Wow I didn‘t know he wrote this from jail!! 1y
Linear They say the guys who have s higher risk for PTSD are the medics. Because they have to try and save lives, and usually get to be the ones there when the light dies out. My little cousin went to AIT to be a medic but had to back out midway through training, he couldnt take it. Hes an artillery guy now. 1y
Reggie @Linear you‘re probably right cause the title of the book refers to having your cherry broken the first time you see someone die. 1y
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Reggie
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I‘m mixed on this book. The author, who is currently serving time for robbing banks, tells how he got there through his addiction that became solidified by the end of his time in the Iraq War back in 2005-6. I was disappointed in how much I laughed in here. Depravity shouldn‘t be so funny. But I didn‘t stop reading it. All the trigger warnings.

BookishTrish I almost bought this yesterday! Your rating makes me glad I didn‘t. $35 for a hardcover - you want to love it. 1y
vivastory Love the cover! 1y
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Reggie
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Yeah, 6 pgs in and we‘ve shot heroin first thing in the morning. 25 pages later I feel like I‘m laughing more than I should. Great and gritty so far. The angsty relationship stuff hooks me every time.

MStew I NEED THIS BOOK 😂 SERIUOSLY THOUGH I DO!😑 1y
TheWintergarden Yeah it does sound kinda cool. 1y
Linear O.o what just happened. This reminds me of an Emenimen song, or however you spell his name. 1y
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Leftcoastzen Reggie taking the plunge.sometimes dark humor is the best humor. I am on Library wait list for it. 1y
emilyhaldi How are you liking this?! I almost bought last week but was unsure... 1y
Reggie @emilyhaldi have you ever read a book about 20y.o.‘s who are lost in their youth and you just kinda want to tell them, hey maybe pull back on the drugs and drinking. That‘s this book. I like the MC but Jesus take the wheel. I got to 80 pgs during work and like it but was expecting a darker lens. Maybe it‘s coming, he just joined the army. 1y
Reggie @Leftcoastzen Idk, I was expecting worse, but it‘s ok. I‘ll definitely finish it. 1y
Reggie @Linear maybe I Love the Way You Lie? Cause I would vote for that song on this soundtrack. 1y
emilyhaldi LOL. Are we talking darkly written rich, entitled, privileged youth a la The Secret History or If We Were Villains? Or more fluffy, like The Ramblers?? I always love a book in that genre however, dark and sinister is much more appealing! 1y
Reggie @emilyhaldi Update: I‘m 50 pages from the end and I say skip it. It takes a very dark turn when he goes into the army and goes to Iraq and gets into the meaningless violence. Very dark. Trigger warnings for animal cruelty. That just gets you through half the book. This last half has all been about drugs. And he just comes off soooo disconnected unless it‘s about drugs or his gf Emily who is also a drug addict. 1y
DivineDiana Thank you for the warnings! I think I‘ll pass on this one. Hope he straightens himself out. 🙁 1y
Reggie @DivineDiana I was kinda thinking the same thing today. What if he gets out and goes straight back to drug use? Hopefully not. YW for the warnings. 1y
DivineDiana I‘m with you! Hopefully not. 🙏🏻 1y
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Leftcoastzen
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Anybody reading this? Great review in the Washington Post. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/nico-walker-is-a-convicted-ba...

cathipink I am waaaaaay down on my library's hold list for this one 🙂 excited to read it in a few months. 1y
Leftcoastzen Both my local library systems have it “on order”.😬Maybe I will get in the shortest line. @cathipink (edited) 1y
Reggie I read its description in Amazon and it sounds way dark. 1y
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Blaire My husband just told me about this one. On my tbr. 1y
Leftcoastzen @Reggie I read the first page and a half in the bookstore, starts very dark ,you can tell it‘s about messy lives. 1y
Leftcoastzen @Blaire I resisted buying it.not that I don‘t buy books retail, but you can‘t buy everything,it drew me in though. 1y
Blaire @Leftcoastzen I always try to use the library unless I need it for bookclub right away. 1y
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An unreliable narrator whom you trust. An antihero. A consistent voice telling you about their inconsistent life. Not crude - carefully worded and deeply sad when we realize this story as an all-too-common modern reality.

Bklover Welcome to Litsy!!! 1y
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RedbagReadbooks
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Picked this up today and was immediately sucked in. My first thought was the movie Requiem for a Dream. Good....🤤

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GerardtheBookworm
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An in your face, unapologetic fictionalized memoir of a former convict who served time for bank robbery. At no point is this as eloquent as Shantaram but a gritty, honest portrayal of a loser in life who joins the military, gets deployed, develops PTSD, and gets a drug habit that results in him getting involved in a life of crime. Basically, the narrator is still an asshat in the end.