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Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me

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This is a story she needed to tell; and the rest of the country needs to listen.
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This vital memoir will change how we look at the opioid crisis and how the media talks about it. A deeply moving and emotional read, STRUNG OUT challenges our preconceived ideas of what addiction looks like.
Stephanie Land, New York Times bestselling author of Maid


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Published February 25th 2020 by Park Row
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Theresa Alan
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Addiction spares no one. Making it out is akin to winning the lottery, even when you have the resources and access for help.

Erin Khar started smoking heroin when she was thirteen years old and used on and off for years until it become a constant thing in her twenties. She used intravenously for a while and added crack and other drugs to the mix. Shes a white woman from a comfortably well-off family. Her first stint in rehab got her clean for a while, but until she dealt with the psychological
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Christy
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved "Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies that Nearly Killed Me". My go to genre is always wanting to read memoirs, particularly about addiction, abuse, dysfunctional families, or other obstacles that the author can overcome. This is the first one I have ever read involving heroin and a drug I know very little about except what I have seen on TV. This memoir was also very well written and I had a hard time putting it down to go to bed at night.

Erin Khar struggles with a 15
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❌Chelsea❌(Misfit)❌Owens
Four stars, the review is coming soon.
Rene Denfeld
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a brutally honest and yet tender look inside opined addiction. Khar pulls aside the mask of an addict, and neither self-pitying or blaming, delves deep into the personal, social and physical reasons for addiction.
Eric
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Strung out by Erin Khar is a memoir detailing the drug addiction, mental illness, and abuses in the life of the author. The book opens with Khar trying to figure out how to formulate an answer to her own child's question of whether his mother had ever used drugs. Coincidentally, when Khar's twelve-year-old son asks her this question, he is just one year younger than when his mother first used heroin at the age of 13 years of age.

To be honest, while reading this memoir, and others like it, (for
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Tina
Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
I have mixed feelings about this one. The writing is amazing and as always, I admire the author for being brave and telling her story.

Although the author brings us to dark places, she rarely seems accountable for her actions, which is a bit of a disconnect for me.

She is one lucky addict. She never ended up on the street, she never had any diseases from the myriad of men and she basically somehow had money to fly from NYC to LA to Paris.

Nonetheless this was a good read.
Janet
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When it is hot as heck outside and there is nothing cool to do but reading as everything else makes you end up a sweaty mess, it is the perfect day for a speed reader.

I received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

In this deeply personal and illuminating memoir about her fifteen-year struggle
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Astrid Galactic
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A disarmingly honest account of one woman's misspent youth via addiction and how she eventually got herself together to put it all behind her after much pain and damage. Highly recommend reading this book for a deeper understanding of how this can so easily happen to anyone. An ideal book list inclusion for those interested in addiction and its consequences, as well as a glimmer of hope, and well worth reading for those who just may be curious.

Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of the eBook for a
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Abby
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is for the free, digital ARC from NetGalley. Some parts may not apply to the final publication.

This book was a bit of a letdown. I'm a big fan of memoirs, especially of addiction and mental illness, and at first I enjoyed how it was going: a good jumping off point, well-set scenes, early events told at a fairly surface level that would clearly lead into the rest of the story.

As the book went on, though, it mostly stayed at the surface level. I think in some ways, the amount of
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Lorie
Aug 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewing this book is one of the most difficult reviews I've ever found myself writing. Simply because I've had a hard time detecting anything redeemable in it to discuss. In the first chapter I was already thinking rich girl problems, turned out I was right, which she freely admits, she also admits she doesn't fall into the category of problems one usually has in dealing with addiction. Profiling, color (black, white, Latino, poor) so that honesty was appreciated. However, to call her ...more
Lindsay Shultz Gurney
When you first hear somebody is a drug addict or an alcoholic, you immediately start judging them, am I right? I know I did before I knew what it was actually like to be addicted to something. You have no control over an addiction until you are ready to become sober, and Erin Khar shows that extremely well in her memoir, Strung Out. If you want to know what life is actually like for a drug addict, I highly suggest picking this book up. Erin doesnt sugar coat a single thing, which can be ...more
Sondra Brooks
I must give credit to anyone who successfully lives a life in recovery from addiction, and especially anyone who has the discipline and persistence to write a book. Having struggled with addiction myself, I have found memoirs in this genre to be extremely helpful. Believe me, I've read scores of them, and this is why it is difficult for me to rate this book as a stellar read. As far as addiction memoirs go, I found this to be predictable. Self-hatred, try drugs, become addicted, see everything ...more
Astrid Galactic
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A disarmingly honest account of one woman's misspent youth via addiction and how she eventually got herself together to put it all behind her after much pain and damage. Highly recommend reading this book for a deeper understanding of how this can so easily happen to anyone. An ideal book list inclusion for those interested in addiction and its consequences, as well as a glimmer of hope, and well worth reading for those who just may be curious.

Thanks to NetGalley for a copy of the eBook for a
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Eric
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strung out by Erin Khar is a memoir detailing the drug addiction, mental illness, and abuses in the life of the author. The book opens with Khar trying to figure out how to formulate an answer to her own child's question of whether his mother had ever used drugs. Coincidentally, when Khar's twelve-year-old son asks her this question, he is just one year younger than when his mother first used heroin at the age of 13 years of age.

To be honest, while reading this memoir, and others like it, (for
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Naomi Rand
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Erin Khar's book begins with a question from her son, "Mom have you ever done drugs?" Her answer is this book, a gripping memoir of her descent into addiction and her struggle to get clean. It's honest, gut wrenching and beautifully written. Khar's story is gripping and painful, she relapses multiple times looking for solace in drugs before she finally is able to say no and really mean it. The tipping point may well be the birth of the child who asks her that hard question so many years later. ...more
Alia
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating book! I don't usually read recovery memoirs, but once I started this one, I couldn't put it down. The writing is fierce, unflinching, honest, and thoroughly entertaining. You don't have to be in recovery to appreciate the human drama, which in this time of widespread opioid addiction affects us all. Highly recommend this one.
Julie Porter
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spoilers: It is interesting that I am reviewing Erin Khars Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me for this blog at the same time that I am reviewing The United States of Opioids by Harry Nelson for another site. Both books illustrate how large the Opioid Crisis has become and how it affects both society and the individual. The latter book is a dry fact based account of the Crisis and how it began as well as the various institutions and people that put the Crisis in motion. ...more
Julie Porter
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Ashlyn
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay. First off I don't understand why I didn't put the two together. The title literally means being strung out so I don't know why I didn't think this wouldn't trigger my past issues I've dealt with myself. Second, with that being said I made it 50% through before it really hit me hard. From the first try of heroin down to her very end. I don't know how I would approach my child either about a past drug use, I think the way she answered it though was very wise and articulate. It wasn't too ...more
Kathleen Gray
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I find it difficult to review memoirs because it feels that I am passing judgement on the author's life and life choices. Seldom has that been more true than it is in this case. Know in advance that Khar is privileged in a way that few can relate to. That doesn't make her struggle with addiction any less awful or the lessons she learned any less pertinent. That said, it does make it a little hard at times to sympathize because she, unlike many other addicts, has access to rehab in ways many can ...more
Alicia Thompson
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
THIS BOOK SHOWS THAT PAIN AND TRAUMA DONT CARE ABOUT YOUR PRIVILEGE (AND ALSO MUCH LIKE ANTHONY KIEDIS MEMOIR, THAT BEING 13 IN 1980S LA IS DANGEROUS FOR SOMEONE WITH DEMONS) ...more
Christine Corrigan
I received and Advance Reader's Edition from Park Row Books in exchange for my honest review. Strung Out begins with a question from Khar's then twelve year old son, "Mom, did you ever do drugs?" The memoir recounts the author's fifteen year addiction to heroin and how it consumed her life, blinded her to the impact her addiction had on her relationships, particularly with her parents and close friends. It is brutally honest and powerfully written.

Khar grew up privileged in Los Angeles, getting
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Dolly
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review, and this book was honestly riveting. I often found myself shouting at this book, laughing, crying, hissing at villains. It really had everything. What I liked most was to get into the cute Prada platform shoes of someone I could relate to but also journey through some experiences that were quite different from my own.

I'd venture a guess that a lot of people with similar upbringings to Erin's are not acquainted with a lot of people who have used
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Alexandra Coffey
Aug 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you so much to Harlequin and to Netgalley for the chance to review this book- I thought it was incredible. Strung Out is the memoir of a woman who survived her addiction to heroin, along with repeated use of other drugs. This book was extremely pertinent to me and my line of work. I am a social worker in a mental health agency located in part of the country where the opiod epidemic is rampant.

I love that Erin shared such an intimate look into how she started opiod use, her trauma and the
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Hayley
Aug 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This memoir started with a bang and didn't let up at all through the whole book. This memoir is all about our author and main character Erin and her addiction to Heroin. It started off with her talking to her thirteen year old son and then it jumps into what led her to be addicted and everything that came along with that. I found this book very sad because of the obvious however it was a very compelling read. Our author was very likable and I was rooting for her even through all of the struggles ...more
Lara Vanian-Green
I loved this book and could not put it down! I found myself reading it into the wee hours of the morning, when I knew I should be sleeping instead... but the story draws you in. Despite all the flaws, all the mistakes, all the terrible choices, I felt a deep sense of empathy for Erin and what she was going through- how she felt about herself the entire time. I wanted so badly to see her get better and felt crushed at every relapse.
But her story rings so true... to my own story, to people I have
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Leslie Kendall Dye
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Strung Out" is a visceral read. It combines the lurid rock-edged glamour of Los Angeles in the 80s and 90s with the raw, intense,depressive cycle of self-hatred that led the writer into her dance with heroin. It is a straightforward narrative that stays tightly focused on the steady spiral of drug addiction, moving restlessly from one nightmarish and lonely mental and physical space to the next, as Khar struggles to find a way out without feeling all those terrible feelings that led her to drug ...more
Cori
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#strungout #erinkhar #onelasthitandotherliesthatnearlykilledme #harlequin #netgalleyreview #Netgalley #ARC #booksofinstagram #books📚 #bookstagram #bookreview #opiodcrisis #addiction #heroin #memoir Erin is such a beautiful storyteller. Reading her words. Feeling her feelings. Having an understanding of her struggles. It isn't something that all authors are able to do. She doesn't sugarcoat the truth. She lays it all out there. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I am someone who is #fascinated by ...more
SUE HOBSON
Aug 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I really thought that I would enjoy this book but I really had a hard time getting thru it. I have a hard time saying that when I review a memoir, because its about someones life. This is a memoir of a young girl and her substance abuse and mental health issues. This is the first memoir I have read about substance abuse, and this is really what I expected. This book felt really long or dragged out to me. I think the writing style made it hard for me to read, it seemed like a lot of short ...more
Gemma Hartley
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
With raw honesty and abundant empathy, Khar guides the reader through her 15 year struggle with addiction and brings us through to the rare and beautiful "other side." The book is unflinching in its self-examination of privilege and poor judgments, yet gentle and forgiving enough to offer a place for healing and understanding. I devoured this book, and am so glad it exists to shine a light inside the world of addiction.
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