Saturday, June 1, 2013

Speed Needles by Ashley Lorenzana {Book Review}

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What is the book about? 

A memoir style book of a young girl from childhood to adulthood and everything in between. Ashly went through a rough childhood, despite her loving grandparents. She had little chance since her mother was a selfish drug addict who went through men as quick as she did her drugs. When given the chance she always chose her man of the week over her daughter's needs. 

Growing up during her childhood, Ashly started off hating drugs and was even labeled as a good girl, just because of what she saw her mother go through. At the same time she's curious to see what her mom is experiencing with the drugs, and eventually falls into the same habits. Starting with snorting and moving her way up to smoking and eventually shooting up. 

Now she's in the same boat as her mother was in for so long and she is unapologetic about becoming who she is. A prostitute and an avid drug user. She thinks of her prostitution as her job, her profession, her life. 

What did I think of the book? 

Ashly and I both had a rough childhood, but for many different reasons. My mother may have not been a selfish, drug and man addict, but I can relate to her pain and unhappiness through your younger years.  Even though I can relate to her feelings, it still made it hard to read through her unhappiness with such a miserable life. No one deserves to live like that. 

This is one of those books, not meant for everyone. It's very controversial and not everyone will enjoy it as much as I did. I thought it was raw, and eye opening to see how someone might end up the way she did, and how their mind copes with their actions. I did not find this to be offensive but I could see how someone might read this and think that. I keep an open mind and I enjoy reading about other people's struggles through life. Makes me feel less alone when I compare her story to my own. 

I did have a few issues with the book. First off, I was so disappointed with the ending to the book. I almost thought I had skipped a part of the book, or maybe part of the book was left out. As much as I enjoyed the topic of the book, the writing style seemed very juvenile to me, which doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing, but when you talk of adult topics, you should write as an adult. 

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