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ADDICTION: CUNNING, BAFFLING, & POWERFUL

In this gripping debut novel by Andrew Seaward, the lives of three addicts converge following an accidental and horrific death.

Monty Miller, a self-destructive, codependent alcoholic, is wracked by an obsession to drink himself to death as punishment for a fatal car accident he didn't cause.

Dave Bell, a former all-American trac...more
ebook, Kobo , 388 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Flophouse Books (first published February 19th 2012)
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Grady
Probably the Most Informed Source of Information about Substance Abuse

Andrew Seaward, in his mesmerizing novel SOME ARE SICKER THAN OTHERS ,not only weaves an exceptionally well-constructed story with wholly credible characters, managing to open our hearts to create a group of people who seem without the ability to gain our concern, but even more importantly he offers deeper insights and relates more factual information about the disease of addiction than any other writer to date. Yes, there is...more
Jessica
May 31, 2012 Jessica rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: Goodreads First Reads
Shelves: first-reads, pyb
I didn't think a book could be described as "compelling", but compelling it was. The author did a great job intertwining the stories of these addicts. He did an amazing job of telling two stories at once... from the addicts' points of view, and also what was really happening. The stories about the addictions felt real.

This was a great read. Once I picked up the book I didn't want to put it down.

*disclaimer* I won this book through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaway, but my review is 100% honest...more
Aimee Jodoin
Emotionally raw and harrowingly real, Some Are Sicker than Others is a moving story of redemption. Crack-addict Dave Bell and alcoholic Monty Miller both struggle through the consequences of a life-changing event: Dave’s mentally disabled son, Larry, accidentally ran him over with a golf cart, injuring his leg and putting an end to his athletics career, while Monty’s fiancée, also a recovering alcoholic, was killed in a car accident, after which Monty relapsed, embarking on a suicide mission. Th...more
Addy
I think everyone should read this book. It will make you think, it will pull on your emotions, and will open up your eyes. I could have read this in a day because you wanted to know what would happen to these people who are so sick with disease and have made some really poor choices. What would it take for you to be saved? Sometimes the answer is not what you would think.
Debbie "DJ" Wilson
A profound and terrifying look into the disease of addiction. This book weaves together the lives of three addicts who's lives become connected in a very powerful and unexpected way. This is truly a look at the sickest of the sick. While I was hoping for stories of recovery, this shows what happens when help is refused, when the disease becomes more powerful than life itself. A truly sobering and downright anguishing story, one I will not soon forget.
Shelly Itkin
Frightening, lying, pretending, hurtful, selfish, inconsiderate are just a few words used to describe these very real characters in Mr. Sewards book.

The story revolves around three main characters, Monty an electrical engineer and an alcoholic who can’t get past step 4 of 12 steps in the in the AA program.

Dave a family man who was injured in a freak accident, and now is a volleyball coach who drives the team around while using meth and alcohol and endangering the lives of innocent children.

Angi...more
Kate
Some Are Sicker Than Others – Andrew Seaward

After their lives reach rock bottom, three ‘addictive personalities’ – Monty, Dave and Angie coincide at a rehabilitation centre called Sanctuary in the scenic Colorado mountains. Their lives are inter-connected by tragedy but just how much remains one of the driving forces of the novel.

This is a hard-hitting and extremely well-written account of the reality of living with a drug or alcohol. Life is grim for people with serious addictions and Seaward...more
Melissa
**I received this book through a First Reads Giveaway.

I loved this book. It was a great read with a whirlwind of emotion and raw reality. The dialogue was impeccable. It was like I could hear the conversations as well as see the body language each character evoked. At one point, I began casting the movie, imagining who would play each part. The characters were multidimensional, displaying all the insanity, hubris, and duplicity that can come with the disease of addiction, while still allowing th...more
Laurel-Rain
THE LIVES OF THREE UTTERLY HOPELESS ADDICTS CONVERGE FOLLOWING AN ACCIDENTAL AND HORRIFIC DEATH.

Monty Miller, a self-destructive, codependent alcoholic, is wracked by an obsession to drink himself to death as punishment for a fatal car accident he didn't cause.

Dave Bell, a former all-American track star turned washed-up high school volleyball coach, routinely chauffeurs his bus full of teens on a belly full of liquor and head full of crack.

Angie Mallard, a recently divorced housewife with three...more
Randy
SOME ARE SICKER THAN OTHERS is a novel of addiction and the consequences. Three intertwined stories are told of people that end up at a clinic called Sanctuary.

Monty Miller is an alcoholic trying to drink himself to death, blaming himself for the death of a woman he met at an AA meeting. Not his fault, a hit and run accident, but he doesn't see it that way. Angie Mallard is a meth head who wants to get her family back together. Dave Bell is a high school girls volleyball coach who remembers his...more
Ashley
I'm going to start this off by saying that this was a very difficult book for me to read and an even more difficult subject to discuss and I imagine that anyone that has any association with addiction will feel the same way. It was an amazing book and I am incredibly happy that I won this as one of my goodreads first-read giveaways.

The description of the book is a bit misleading. The description sells the book as two men (Monty and Dave) confronting their addictions and one man (Monty) trying t...more
Erin  Dove
Originally posted at Bookluvrs Haven...
http://www.bookluvrshaven.blogspot.ca...

I was searching through a site called Book Blogs and came across this book. Once I read the description I asked author Andrew Seaward for a copy, which he very kindly gave me in exchange for this review.

When I first picked up this book I admit I wasn't all that invested, Monty's story didn't really grasp me the way I thought it would...though when all the other characters were introduces I was completely sucked into t...more
Intense Stories
Some are Sicker than Others features some characters who are heavily weighed down by their addictions. I knew from the book descriptions they would end up in rehab together. I endured the first several horrifying chapters involving their appalling bad choices and addiction-clouded thinking partly because I wanted to see what would happen later on in the book and partly because the writing was so compelling. This book reminds me of a roller coaster, where the rides begins with the vehicle being d...more
Justin
I wish it was a little longer since it felt like some of the characters where just starting their journeys towards the end and I would like to know what comes next but it was still a really good book with great characters. It is definitely character driven and I fully enjoyed getting into the heads of some pretty sick people, even if it was a bit depressing at times.
Elizabeth
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. Mr. Seaward does a brilliant job of showing you the inside of an addicts mind and the hell they go through when experiencing withdrawals and trying to stay sober. This book intertwines the lives of three people and they're addictions and they all finally end up at a rehab facility together. This story is tragic and feels real and intense. Interesting, very interesting.
Marilyn Moreau
Powerfully written and extremely true-to-life. Probably one of the best books on the pain of addiction ever written. I would put it up there with Hubert Selby's Requiem For A Dream. At the Kindle price of only $1.99, the author seems to prioritize accessibility over profits.
Robert McNeil
Please give this book a read. It is only available through Kindle (or nook?). My friend self published this and it is his first novel. Really a good read and I'm trying to get him some readership.

I promise, it is an intriguing tale and it is worth it!
Becky
Really takes you the thought process of the addict. Their denial and finally admitting the problem. I expected a real ending, but the more I think about it, I realize there never really is an end. Addiction is a never ending battle until you die.
Emma
I won this book in a giveaway and am thankful for it. My boyfriend is recovering as well. We actually read it together. I really enjoyed the book. We couldn't put it down.
Dorrie
What a great book! I really want to know what happened to them! Sequel please???
Rebecca Gebhardt
Revealing about the ways of an addict. A good read.
Kewwy
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Sarah
Well, well, well....

This book was.....educational?

I don't really know what to say. About 30% of the book had me skeeved out. Don't get me wrong, I was totally curious about these psychological issues, and although I haven't been to AA, I could imagine it was something similar to what was told to us in the book.

I just...didn't relate to anyone. I didn't connect with it? My apologies, I'm still trying to figure out what it was that just didn't "click" for me.

I'm hanging on to the plot, but let me...more
G.E. Johnson
"Some Are Sicker Than Others" is a very real and accurate portrayal of the behavior and thought patterns of people addicted to chemical substances. The author does an excellent job of going behind the drug use of his characters and allowing the reader into their private, often delusional worlds to see up close and personal the devastating effects of their individual addictions. The story is brutal and intense, but it is also incredibly honest. It is also very well-written and flows seamlessly to...more
Cristi Riquelme
Some Are Sicker than Others is a very real and accurate portrayal of the behavior of people addicted to drug and deal with Alcoholism. It gave me insight into understanding the denial that is such a big part of drug addiction. Also, it describes the differences in types of drug/alcohol addiction while weaving it into a believable story that held my interest.

The story is brutal and intense, but it is also incredibly honest. It tells the story of three addicts, Dave, Angie & Monty. Each with...more
Tammy
This was a first reads book that I received free. I really liked this book. It drew me in right fron the first and I wanted to see what was going to happen to the characters. It was interesting how each of the characters interesected in their lives and came to rehab. It was also interesting to hear their different stories and then how they thought they weren't addicted and how someone or something else was the problem not them. It opened my eyes to the problems these people were facing and how t...more
Heather
I really loved this book. It was a captivating story of three people who struggle with addiction. The level of detail in the story really magnifies the seriousness of the illness of addiction. The author does not shy away from describing horrifying situations. The stories are so sad and so real. And the best part for me was that the book ended the way it should end. The author stayed true to the characters, their stories, and didn't sugar coat anything. I was captivated and moved through the ent...more
Andrew B.
Well written and full of wonderful in descriptive language, Some Are Sicker Than Others, takes a snap shot look into the pathetic lives of three addicts. It's is raw and opens the reader's eyes to the horrors of addiction for both the addict and their families. No one, who isn't an addict, can begin to understand the cycles and the battles, both internal and external that they face but this book cracks the door into the world of an addict and the lives they struggle to love through each day. (I...more
Parul
A book only a once been an addict can understand. Be it any kind of addiction. This book is all about- that no one can save you from your own fate. Monty's journey to Dave's and Angie's failure everything made sense... as why to people do things they do to themselves. This would be a pity to people who have lead a simple sorted out life but only an addict can understand this. Was sure that the author himself would have been an addict coz it's impossible to feel like an addict unless you have bee...more
Martie
Best book I've read in a long time. It completely engrossed me and took over my life! I'm glad all books aren't that good or I'd never get anything done! BUT, it's FULL of bad curse words and gross stuff. It's all about addiction and goes into detail on a lot of their binges. There's a crack addict, an alcoholic and a meth addict. They all end up crossing paths at the same rehab facility in the end. Obviously, it's very sad. But wow, that guy is a great writer. I might like him as much as my fav...more
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Andrew Seaward is the author of "Some Are Sicker Than Others". Although he makes his living as a chemical engineer in the Oil & Gas industry, his true passion is telling great stories through both acting and writing. He is a member and contributor of Benjy Dobrin Studios, the Cinematic Arts of Colorado, and the Denver Lighthouse Writers Workshop. He has written and acted in several short and f...more
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