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Todd Randall spent his life pushing the limits: stealing a pack of cigarettes and a beer and coming home smelling like tobacco and cheap beer; “borrowing” his father’s car, usually to screw girls in the backseat; snorting lines of OxyContin after a knee injury on the football field, eventually landing in rehab at the age of seventeen. Now he spends his days in his uncle’s ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Createspace (first published January 1st 2011)
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Gaele
Dec 08, 2012 Gaele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

It is difficult to explain the connection to a protagonist who seems to be fueled by guilt and shame, and doesn’t believe that he has grown or changed. That is exactly what happens when you delve into this book, and pass the first chapter. Todd is, in his own words, not fit for human consumption. A recovering addict, with all of the associated baggage he is an incredibly sympathetic character and the source of the book’s point of view.

With a steady and relaxed hand, the author has woven a story
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Deana
Dec 05, 2012 Deana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The coffee had, as always, one thing going for it: it was hot.

Thus begins Leesa Freeman’s debut novel, The Wisdom To Know the Difference. The reader is immediately introduced to Todd, a recovering drug addict. A high school sports injury led him to an oxi-contin addiction. But now, five years sober and attending college, Todd meets Shawna, a photographer who is honest and compassionate.

The connection between them is instant and electric. Shawna accepts Todd for who he is and where he has been. H
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Shannon
May 29, 2012 Shannon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though this isn't my typical type of book, I knew once I heard of the book that I had to read it. The book took me away to my happy place of reading almost immediately. It was one of those books that I could not put down. The author's writing style is awesome. She touches on some pretty tough subject matter, all the while throwing in some humor just to keep it real.

This author has the ability to bring you into the world she has created with her words, to make you feel as the characters do, and
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Yawatta Hosby
I enjoyed this 25 chapter book. It was told through Todd’s first person point-of-view. It was a refreshing change to get only a guy’s perspective on love, relationships, and breakups. The author had an amazing talent with voice. The narration, Todd’s dialogue and thoughts, his interactions never trailed from a college guy, who was fighting addiction, who treated every girl as a piece of meat or a booty call until he met Shawna. The cussing, oogling of women’s parts, and masturbation didn’t ...more
Alicia
Aug 08, 2015 Alicia rated it it was amazing
An absolutely phenomenal novel by Leesa Freeman. Both heartbreaking and heartwarming throughout, "The Wisdom to Know the Difference," is a truly moving and memorable read.

For Todd Randall, like has been a challenge. He was an addict at age 16 after an injury that ended his ability to play football; a high school drop out by age 17. While he has remained clean for the last five years, he has done so by just getting by. He took his GED and applied for college. He attends with his best friend Bran
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Beverly Diehl
Don't let the cover or the title fool you. This is not a self-help book, or a book about small children, but a fictional story about a young man who had everything - and blew it all through drug addiction. Then he battles back, finds the perfect partner, and loses her, through no fault of his own. Will be stay on the wagon, or leap off, and destroy his life again?

Disclaimer: I connected with the author on the Writer Unboxed FaceBook group, and received a free copy of the book preparatory to hos
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Scott Parsons
Sep 11, 2014 Scott Parsons rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this book very much. It is quite different from the genres I usually read. The author has created a beautiful story of Todd Randall fighting his addiction to painkillers as he struggles to rebuild his life and make his way in the world. Then he meets Shawna who introduces him to the world of modelling for a world famous photographer. Todd falls madly in love with her. Their passion ignites the prose.But then tragedy befalls them and their idyllic relationship is shattered. Todd is ...more
Theresa Needham fehse
Jan 19, 2015 Theresa Needham fehse rated it really liked it

Todd injured his knee in a high school football accident. During his recovery he became addicted to drugs. He lost his scholarship and at 17 found himself in rehab. Todd overcame his addiction and earned his GED and now a student at University of North Dallas. Todd and his best friend Brandon are living the college life, when Todd decides he wants something new.

Todd embarks on a new adventure. . . being a model. This is a much different road compared to tinkering on cars with his uncle. This is
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Loving
Aug 03, 2012 Loving rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the most heart wrenching book I've ever read. It was the most beautiful thing!!! I loved it. I cried and felt the different surge of emotions the author had the characters reflecting. And for that I have to say that the author has a amazing talent. It's quite rare for an author to have a tremendous effect of emotion on the reader and I than you. I pray that if something like what happened with shawna and Todd, it would end in a way like their story did. With friends and family who have ...more
Maria
Sep 13, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
Todd is a young man who's fallen more times than he's gotten up. His life is riddled with mistakes and consequences but few triumphs. Then he gets a lucky break. He's given a job posing for art students. With his physique, he's a natural model, and his life begins to have some meaning. The novel follows Todd on his journey from failure to drug addict to his ultimate goals.

The author does a great job with the characters. Even Garrett, a minor character, is written with detail that brings him to l
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Medavis66
Aug 18, 2014 Medavis66 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book. I was compelled to keep reading, as I wanted to know what was going to happen. I liked Todd. I disagreed that he was not safe for hun consumption. He had made mistakes and paid for them. He was not an angel, but never claimed to be. He did attend his meetings weekly. When he started modeling, the world started to open up for him. He falls hard when he finally falls in love. I like his relationships with his brothers. This is a very realistic story.

ARC provided in exchange fo
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Melissia
Jul 30, 2012 Melissia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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After reading this book, I found myself wanting to get back to my Kindle to keep reading. But, alas, it was over. I became attached to the characters and wanted more of them. Leesa's style is relaxed and comfortable. The reader is engaged from the first chapter. I hesitated to get this book because it's not my genre of choice (I prefer Koontz, Patterson, Connelly, etc.), but I was pleasantly surprised and immediately hooked. I look forward to reading more from this first-time novelist.
Brad
Apr 03, 2012 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic read. Either quick, or I was just really enthralled and completely could not put the book down. A very unique and interesting way to deal with some difficult subjects. I really enjoyed the author's detail in many aspects of the book-really brought the characters to life!
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A native Texan, Leesa Freeman enjoys escaping the chill of New England, if only in her imagination, often setting her stories in the places she loved growing up. Some of her favorite moments are the ones where it’s just her, her Mac, and simply conversing with the people who live inside her head, and sharing their lives with those who take the time to read her stories. She lives in Connecticut ...more
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