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Leaving Dirty Jersey by James Salant
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Recommended for: Teenagers, Parents of drug addictst, drug counselors, memoir-junkies

A drug memoir that -- in laying out about a year of repetitious find-drugs-take-drugs-find-more-drugs, etc., and all the petty scamming and self-denial, the making friends and losing them, the endless tweaking, sketching, highs and lows -- shows us that being a junkie is FAR less glamorous than Jim had hoped it would be.

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 Ask Aliice (but for boys, mostly), LDJ is a book that may help to persuade young people that drugs aren't as cool as they seem in the movies.
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