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Blackout Girl by Jennifer Storm
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Aug 15, 08

Read in August, 2008

Jennifer Storm says that her intent in writing this book is to help others, and I believe that her book will accomplish that goal. It is a humble account of her life as an alcoholic and addict, which will probably help many young people better understand the disease. However, Storm's style is so colloquial that I began to wonder if she might have simply recorded herself telling her story and then transcribed it to create a book. I initially found her prose refreshing in contrast to all the overwritten memoirs by authors who spent too much time MFAing their stories, but I soon began missing vivid description and adjectives other than "numb," and "ashamed." I don't say this to be cruel; I just wanted to understand what she experienced and her writing kept me from doing so.
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