The choppy format of mimics the intensity of Maya‘s addiction as she flounders. The best & most cringeworthy scenes involve the arguments with her mother, the phone/text/email convos with her female friends as they badmouth the men in their life, and, of course, Thanksgiving spent at her in-laws' home. Though only 180 pages long, Maya's story still feels like a long and intricately woven warning of how to try to avoid then reach rock bottom.
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I read this book with a knot in my stomach. It was equal parts gripping and stressful. Jade Sharma made her addict main character relatable and, ultimately, still likable despite her many faults. There were parts of the writing that seemed underdeveloped and I wish there had been a little more of ending section but all in all, good book. Ramona gives it two paws up.
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This book is like Notes from Underground meets Trainspotting meets The Bell Jar, but with a brown woman. It's short but it's not easy; it got under my skin. An itch that won't go away. I relate to Maya in terms of sensibility, but she's dealing with some harrowing issues (heroin addiction, eating disorder, end of a marriage). She's an everywoman underground woman, if that makes sense. Even when I was laughing out loud I had a lump in my throat.
"The truth is I don't really want to help. I just don't want to look like an asshole, and it's not fair, because men aren't expected to do this stuff, like there's this rule if you have a vagina you are programmed to wash dishes or sweep the floor or whatever."
This book is vulgar, raw, brutal, funny, and too real.
A book about a spiraling heroin addict trying to take control of her life and failing. Her obsessive behavior with drugs, sex, men, and failed relationships is pervasive throughout. The language Sharma uses to depict loneliness, addiction, helplessness, apathy, anxiety, and sickness is jaw dropping. This book is hard to read but worth the struggle. It's relatable and frustrating all at once. A great read.
Consumed in a single sitting ? The back copy description of "Girls meets Trainspotting" is pretty accurate. Reading it reminded me of my high school favorites by Welsh, and Palahniuk, and Burgess, and it was refreshing and gratifying to finally see that familiarly irredeemable protagonist as a woman.
Such a good quick read. Maya felt like a friend or a neighbor you really wanted to keep at a distance yet you were rooting for her to solve her many "problems". It was mostly frustrating the way things started to spiral out of control. I would recommend it. If you're in the mood for what feels like watching a drama film. ??
Maya, our protagonist, is in a cycle of self-destruction with heroin and unsatisfying relationships with men that she seems unable to break. The book is her examination of her life, written in sections filled with cynicism and wit. The author's voice is unique, and I'll be interested to read more of her work in the future. This should make it into your TBR soon.
There are no chapters! I thought it would bug me but this book flows well. This book takes you inside the mind of a heroin addict who is weight conscious and sexually obsessive. It is raw and searing as Maya struggles with her addiction, trying to get clean and abandonment issues. She is a witty & frustrating character but you cannot help but keep reading this book. Another favorite for the year.
The opening of this book was tough for me, my sister just died of a heroin OD and my mom has MS. Maya has a heroin addiction and her mom has MS and they don't get along. Maya doesn't get along with her husband much either and has an affair on him. Maya though is witty, sarcastic, and realizes her life is a mess. She was fun. There is a lot of sex in the opening and crudely described in Maya's voice, but it is her voice. I give it a high ok.
Gotta admit the opening got me a bit. My sister just died of a heroin overdose and my mom has MS. The protagonist, Maya, has a heroin problem and her mom has MS. Biting down and getting through this one. Good therapy in a way. Warning though, Maya is a horny little minx 😉 There is a LOT of sex.
Wow. What an intense, dark, and graphic read. It was wonderful! It really opened my eyes to the world of addiction. I have never read a book in which the narrator is so unlikeable, yet manages to keep your interest the whole entire time! Her mix of first and second person is brilliant. This is not for the faint of heart. Jade Sharma throws convention out the window and the result is stunning.
I wanted to like this but I just can't continue. So negative and I've lost count of how many times she's talked about sex (made it to only page 39). I can see the talent but I'm just not in the right mood for this.