Leaving Dirty Jersey: A Crystal Meth Memoir
At the age of eighteen, after one too many run-ins with the cops for drug possession, he left his upper-middle-class home in Princeton, New Jersey, for a stint at a rehab facility in Riverside, California. Instead of getting clean, he spent...more
Threaten your children with this book. "If you do meth you'll write as badly as this guy!"
The most impressive thing about Leaving Dirty Jersey is its honesty. Unlike a certain un-named "Memior" I'm currently reading,(James Frey), which truly does whiff a little of bullshit.
I dig the way Salant portrays the paranoia ...more
This book is a great, fun read. The main character Jim (the author James Salant) keeps you on the edge of your seat.
James doesnt waste your time trying to give you statistics on drugs, drug use or even how meth is produced.
This is his story of addiction, from beginning to end. Its not a pretty journey through the countryside, but rather a long walk down a dirty, dangerous back alley.
Meth use is a disgusting, but growing p ...more
I wanted more acknowledgment of the privilege he had, and instead I got a ...more
Honestly, just a dull read with passable writing and ...more
Want addiction and pain? Try Tweak: Growing Up On Methamphetamines.
Want recovery and redemption? Try America Anonymous: Eight Addicts in Search of a Life.
Basically, read any book besides this.
Although, near the end, Salant realizes that being the tough guy was not cool, he tells his story without that conviction. He comes across as pretentious and naive and seems to brush it all off as a big mistake or a "phase" that he went through.
Maybe writing his story o ...more
(Potential warning for spoilers but I'm not marking it because I'm too lazy to write the code in and also I don't think it's enough spoilers to actually be called spoilers.)
But it's also gonna differ a bit. This kid went ...more
In my book so far Jimmy, the main character, had gotten in trouble in New Jersey for being high and running around the city wrecklessly. His parents decided to send him to California for rehab and he went to a place called GSL. After he got out of there, he started living with a friend he had made in GSL whose name was Luke in a sober-living home. They got kicked out of there because they were getting high. Luke went to live with his girlfriend and daughter while Jimmy started living w ...more
Salant is just missing some of that crucial 'flow' to his writing. A friend of mine said this and I agree wholeheartedly - Salant seems to be bragging in parts about his past and it's common sense that this isn't conducive to staying clean. I wouldn't be s ...more
The writing tapered off and the story was repetitive. Here is a basic run down:
After reading this book it really makes me question how people become drug addicts. I don't think I'd enjoy tweak ...more
However, I easily recognized the temperament and actions of a good friend of mine in those of the author/ ...more
That's totally a digression though. It's a good book, he's now an ex-junky and he writes mostly about crystal meth and heroin and his attem ...more
There were times I found myself not wanted to read anymore because I've just never found drugs or reading about addicts ...more
The book doesn't end with "finding God" or even really "hitting rock bottom," which I liked. It was more that, like being a junkie, rehabbing is pretty damn boring too.
Like Go A ...more