This is a very powerful and emotional book. This book should be read by everyone, but especially if you have loved or are someone who battling addiction or in recovery. This book is unique in that you get the mother's emotions for her child's addiction and eventual recovery. This is not a story for the squeamish of readers who do not like uncomfortable situations, descriptive drug using, and cursing.
(As written on the back of the book): How does an honor student at one of the finest prep schools in Los Angeles- a bright, beautiful girl from a loving home-end up shooting up in the back of a van in rural Indiana? How does her devoted mother overcome the shock of finding out that her daughter has not only disappeared but had been living a secret life for more than a year?
Mother and daughter each tell their story in compelling, provacative first-person accoungts. Claire chronicles her struggles with her daughter Mia's manipulative, drug-fueld behavior, her relentless search for her across three states, and ultimate choice to force her into a boot camp school in Eastern Europe. Mia details her refuge in the abyss of criminals and heroin addicts and the painful childhood sevrets that lead up to it. Both describe their remarkable, if controversial, process of healing with unsparing honesty and humor.
Overall Opinion: This is one of the best books I have read this year. I enjoy reading memoirs, but most are not as refreshingly honest as this one. The only thing I did not like as much was Claire's writing style. I also felt at times while reading this story, "How could you be so naive?". Still a must read. It is a crazy journey into the lives of a mother and daughter.
*I recieved this book from one of my many booktrading sites- bookmooch.com