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A few years ago, Tiffany Jenkins was detoxing behind bars at a Florida prison, incarcerated on 20 felony charges. Now, she's clean and sober, a married mother of three. As she found her way in her new life, she started sharing on social media as an outlet for her depression and anxiety. She struck a chord, several of her videos went viral (one with 46million views), and in ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Harmony (first published November 20th 2017)
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Manya Livingston
Hope

I found Tiffany on FB one night when I couldn't sleep. One of her videos just popped up and I was like who is this chick? Now I am a follower of her site.
My 23 year old daughter is a heroin addict. This book gives me hope that someday she will be clean and sober. With all the death surrounding her lifestyle, words from someone that has chosen sobriety despite the odds gives me HOPE.
Mehrsa
Jul 02, 2019 rated it liked it
High school cheerleader goes to prison after manipulating everyone in her life and stealing from people and we are supposed to be rooting for her. The tone of this book is so "white valley girl" and the way she describes some of the black and brown girls in prison made me want to beat her up too. She seems to think that only those kinds of women end up in prison. She uses her whiteness and charm to get drugs and get out of getting caught and getting people do things for her. I think drug addicti ...more
Corina
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, a real life account of an addict and later on prisoner, reminded me quite a bit of the TV show/book Orange Is the New Black.

The book is in parts about the author’s time in prison – that’s where the Orange is the New Black similarity comes to play, and the other part is about her life as an addict.

Both parts of the novel are incredibly raw. An up-close, sometimes too close, portrait of an addict and what such a person would do for the next high.

The manipulati
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Felicity Gibson
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Literaly the best book I have ever read. I could not put this book down. When I did, I still found myself wondering what was going to happen next. I laughed ans cried. Found myself at a juicy part of the book and was trying to speed read to see what happened. I highly recommend this book. It's not very often I come by a book that has me so hooked...it literally was a better version of "Orange is The New Black" 😱
Stacy Sinner
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't put it down!

I saw this book was released today so I purchased it as I follow the author on Facebook and I love watching her videos and only knew a little about her life story but I was always intrigued. I'm not a reader and if I do get a book it better be good because I need to be hooked immediately. I purchased the book this morning and just finished it. So soo good! I couldn't put it down! I had moments of shock and moments where I wanted to cry. I wanted to reach into the book and
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Rachel Dows
May 20, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was possibly the most self-serving memoir I've read. Jenkins literally describes a therapist as telling her she "has a way of talking that makes [her] feel like [she's] in the room next to [Jenkins]". She acts like she's this master manipulator, that EVEN her police officer boyfriend didn't know she was getting high. Ignoring, apparently, the fact that most addicts believe they have everyone fooled, and most families ignore the warning signs.

If you're looking for a memoir of addiction, you
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Karrie S
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Kristi Lamont
Came to this book after reading more about the author after spending most of one afternoon laughing out loud at her videos on Facebook ("Juggling the Jenkins"). She could be me/you/our sisters/friends.....dealing with anxiety and cramps and life in general. To find out that she is a recovering drug addict who uses her voice on social media and in real life to support people coping with addiction/incarceration of any sort was surprising. Not the supporting part; I mean, you totally get the feelin ...more
Emily
Jul 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
First -- I love Tiffany online. She's hilarious and comes across as 100% genuine. Unfortunately, this might have been one of the most disingenuous books I've read.

It's possible to ignore the poor grammar and continuity errors (changing names of characters within the span of a page, for one?). And I really tried to like it, but the more I read the more I couldn't stand it.

It comes across as completely false humility. Her character would acknowledge that she was terrible and the worst, but that
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Smbergin
Apr 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
Quit after 80 pages. Poorly written and lacked depth. Baffled by the number of positive reviews.
TL
Oct 09, 2019 marked it as dnf
I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.
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Started good but then lost steam for me *shrugs*

Seems I'm in the minority here. Not a horrible book, just a miss for me.

Meg
Jan 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An inside look of the turmoil of addiction. This book helped me better understand what my family and friends battling addiction go through. It helps you understand reasoning and ways of thinking while in the grips of addiction. I do think this will be a hard read for recovering addicts as drug use is talked about quite often, how its used, how it feels.. that type of thing. I'm still in shock this is about the same girl making those relatable, hilarious videos on Facebook. High Achiever is the p ...more
Bumper Carroll
Aug 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Erin Clark
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing!!

A must read for everyone. It really makes you see things through the eyes of an addict. Nothing is off limits. Open, honest, real, blunt, eye-opening, amazing.
jb
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't finish this book...I was hoping for something that gave a bit more insight into the author's state of mind, and I couldn't help but feel that this was disingenuous, and written "for a reader" rather than as an honest account.
Jackie Ward
Jul 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I rarely give a negative or bad review but The book was about 250 pages to long. It constantly repeated itself and had no umph to it at all. I forced myself to finish it thinking something HAD to climax somewhere in there..... no luck.
Jayme
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing story and a great read!

Such an amazing inspiring book! Once I started reading I could not put it down, I highly recommend reading this book!
Jennifer
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was so good. Amazing journey through addiction to to recovery!
The Nutbarn
The author is probably best known for her blog Juggling the Jenkins. Most do not know about her criminal past that includes 27 felonies or her lengthy stay in jail. She was a drug addict and willing to go to any lengths to get them. Even if that meant betraying her live in boyfriend who happened to be a Sherriff's Deputy. And she did.

Tiffany had a somewhat tumultuous childhood but she still became the captain of her high school cheerleading squad and student body president. No one ex
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FarmFreshJessica
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Incredible Story of Redemption

I watched Tiffany open a Fab Fit Fun box knowing nothing about her and laugh-crying by the end of her FB live. I promptly then watched several more of her videos. When I told a friend how much I enjoyed them, she told me Tiffany was in recovery. I bought the book that night.

Her honesty and raw real-ness was breathtaking. I was awed by her story and how much she could remember! She has lived a powerful life already and I’m excited to follow along as she continues t
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Writing/Craft: 2
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Intensity of reading experience: 5
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Importance of topic: 5
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My feelings about building empathy regarding addiction: 5
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OVERALL: 4
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I can’t express strongly enough my desire for non-addicts to take the time to try to understand what drives addiction. I firmly believe our only way out of our current societal crisis is building understanding and empathy so we can HELP. We need to help addicts
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Regan Parks
Aug 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
One of the worst books I've read in a while. The way that it is written is not conducive for a reader's experience, it is written for tv producers to find and say "This is going to make a good tv show!" But Orange is the New Black already exists so there is no need for this (we also all hate Piper Chapmen so we don't need another white lady goes to jail to hate). I thought I would get the story of a woman going through detox, instead, it's a tale of white privilege and the author almost seems pl ...more
Madeline
I was first introduced to Tiffany from her facebook blog, Juggling the Jenkins.

She was hilarious! I would search through her videos and watch the ones that I had missed.

I eventually heard about her drug addiction and time spent in jail. When I learned that she had written a book, I knew that I must read it.

Wow! I honestly felt like I was riding in her pocket, the descriptions were vivid and engrossing.

I was so immersed in her life, that I didn’t even notice when my husband walked into the ho
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Sarah Goss
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating True Story

Tiffany’s journey is inspiring. She is gifted with the ability to relay her story in a way that makes you feel like you were with her through every moment and thought process. Her story is agonizing, heartbreaking and peppered with humor and hilarity that will have you swiping tears one moment and laughing out loud the next.
Nerdy_Book_Whore_0415
Jul 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tiffany,
You have no idea what your book has done for me (a recovering addict). I cannot thank you enough for sharing your testimony♥
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Diane
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve watched some of the authors videos and thought she was really funny and entertaining. I had no idea of her past. It just goes to show you never know what people are going through or have gone through.
High Achiever is a book that will stay with me for awhile.
Alex Anderson
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a sibling of a brother with an addiction - this book really hit home for me at certain points. My brother put us through a lot of the things that Tiffany put Her boyfriend and family through and hearing it from her POV was very interesting. Addiction is such a bitch and it’s incredible to read her journey and how she made it out on the other side.

This book gave me hope for my brother.
Deb
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A jaw dropping harsh reality. She put it all out there, the raw, gut wrenching, heartbreaking reality of addiction and it’s consequences.
Liz Engstrom
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Crazy story of her journey with shocking details along the way; I have seen her on Facebook and have read some of her blogs. She is funny and pretty damn fearless to come out of this!
Tricia
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s hard to believe this isn’t Fiction!!!

I only learned about Tiffany today while watching an ad for cleaning products on Instagram. The ad was so hysterical I forwarded it to my friend and she came back with, “Omg she’s hilarious! She has a YouTube account.” So I headed over to YT and subscribed immediately after watching one video (If my brain held a morning meeting, was the name of it). I laughed so hard I then shared the video with my sister who replied, “She’s the best! She has a book, yo
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Tiffany Jenkins is a wife, and mother to three awesome human beings. She realized her love of writing last year when she started her blog, “Juggling the Jenkins”, where she writes about motherhood, addiction and marriage. Tiffany has acquired a huge social media following where her videos receive millions of views.

She uses her platform to help and inspire others who are struggling with mother-hoo
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“I’m Steve, and I’m an addict,” Steve said after raising his hand to share. Steve was in his seventies and always shared first. It was as if he prepared an amazing speech every morning to present to all of us and his words always had a way of putting everything into perspective for me. “I look at these young girls over here, man,” he said pointing to our row, “and I can’t help but feel a bit envious. I’m 71 years old. I’ve got five years clean. I used for fifty years. I missed so damn much. I missed everything.” His voice broke and I could tell he was getting emotional. “I lost my wife once she finally got sick enough of my shit. My kids are adults and haven’t spoken to me in over twenty years—hell—I got grandbabies I ain’t even met.” He stared down at the table for a moment, you could hear a pin drop in that room. When he finally looked up, he looked straight at me and stared into my eyes. “Man, I’ll tell you what…. I would give anything in this world, to go back in time, and enter these rooms when I was your fucking age. Then I might actually have something to look back on and be proud of. You girls are young enough now to get it right, to have a life and make something of yourself. Don’t do what I did. Get it now so that you aren’t my age looking back on your life and thinking damn…I wasted all of it.” It felt like I’d suddenly been struck by lightning. Tears began welling in my eyes as I processed what he’d just said. I imagined what it would be like to have waited until I was an old woman to get clean – if I made it that long. I imagined my children being adults and never speaking to me. The loneliness, the guilt… for what? A momentary high? Never in my life had anyone’s words saturated my skin and seeped into my soul like his just did. I could hear other members voices mumbling as they shared their own bits of wisdom, but all I could do was replay in my head what Steve had said. That was it. That was the moment. Steve’s words changed my life that day. The universe had carefully devised a grand plan to align our paths so we both ended up in the same room that day. Whatever higher power was out there, knew that I needed to hear what that man had just said.” 6 likes
“Each and every one of you sitting in here right now, has an unbelievable life waiting for you just down the road, a life better than you can dream. All you have to do, is keep walking. No matter how bumpy the road gets, or how many unexpected detours you come across, keep putting one foot in front of the other. Keep fucking walking.” 2 likes
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