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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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Cornelia I was wondering how he alerted the police that his guns had been stolen, which led to the police being at the house when She returned from giving Mitc…moreI was wondering how he alerted the police that his guns had been stolen, which led to the police being at the house when She returned from giving Mitch the money. Also, as part of the 12 step program, she must have had to make amends with Elliott and his family. I would have liked to hear about those experiences and how that all went. (less)
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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
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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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 manipulation, the recklessness, and s
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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
...more
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" 😱
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.
Karrie S
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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
Bumper Carroll
Aug 25, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Claudia
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Didn't she have an editor?
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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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
Kathy
Aug 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very little, if any, acknowledgment of personal accountability in the narrative. Name calling alone doesn't qualify, in my opinion. I don't feel judgmental of those in recovery, but I do feel that accepting responsibility for one's behavior is a critical component. It's stressed in 12 step programs. Maybe it happened, but it's not recorded here.

Hello, white privilege! So many women of color have committed so many fewer and less serious crimes and are serving out the lengthy prison sentences they
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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 expected to he
...more
britt_brooke
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whoa, Jenkins does not sugarcoat. With great detail, sadness, regret, and humor, she divulges what addiction did to her life, and what she did to people she loved and respected. As the daughter of a recovering alcoholic, parts of this absolutely resonated. Addiction is an horrific beast.
Karyl
One of my favorite shows, and one I’ve seen almost every episode of, is "Intervention." It has given me so much empathy for addicts because it makes it clear that addiction can take down anyone. An addict is not weak or lacking in self-control; an addict has a disease that needs treatment and compassion.

So I went into this memoir with every intention of having as much compassion for Jenkins as possible. The problem is, it’s hard to summon positive feelings for the person portrayed in these page
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Kate
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobooks
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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.
Lauren
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was ok
Enjoyment: none. Recommend to: nobody.
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.

mindful.librarian ☀️
#partner | REVIEW MATH
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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 recover, we need to love their children and we need to build a world fo
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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
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.
Carrie Poppy
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book seems... fake? There’s something very weird and off about it. Almost Go Ask Alice vibes, though not nearly that goofy. The writing is poor and the narrator seems hell bent on telling you every time someone paid her a compliment. The title should be a double entendre, but isn’t really. The whole thing is bizarre and uncanny, with stilted dialogue and none of the gravity or emotion you’d expect for such a serious subject. Also she seems to call every Latinex person “Spanish.” I don’t kno ...more
Hannah
Oct 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
I am perplexed why this book has such a high rating on Goodreads. It’s horribly written and grotesquely self-indulgent. Ms Jenkins thinks her addiction story is “incredible” because she was dating a cop while she was using. I’ve read writing from my fourteen-year-old freshmen that’s more engaging and less painfully cliche. A hot mess.
Susan
Jul 14, 2019 rated it liked it
This is a compelling story but I am not sure the author/addict ever let us see her authentic self. She is manipulative and self-absorbed as most addicts are, yet she never reveals what led her to using drugs and why she relapsed. The author stayed on the surface and showed us the endless web of lies she told and games she played. I wanted more about her childhood, family, and feelings although I applaud Tiffany Jenkins for telling her story in this book and as a public speaker. I hope it inspire ...more
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.
JC
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I find Jenkins’ videos about mental health issues on point and hilarious, so I was really looking forward to reading this.

Unfortunately it seems there was no editor to pare down the repetitiveness in some sections. I also felt the author was trying too hard to shock the reader. Yeah, you dated a cop and hid it from him, or more likely he ignored every single warning sign which was multiple relapses and shady behavior. I actually couldn’t feel one bit sorry for him.

I have 12 years of sobriety. I
...more
Andrea
Sep 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
I am genuinely baffled by all of the 5-star reviews this book has received. I found Jenkins's writing style to be juvenile, narcissistic, and borderline comical, with all of her references to her status as master manipulator (brag, brag, blah blah blah), her claims of having the most outrageous addiction story ever, and her description of others's constant gasps of astonishment upon hearing it. Perhaps I've read too many other books, both nonfiction and fiction, on the opioid crisis in America ( ...more
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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.

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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
“A flicker of hope in one’s heart, is capable of lighting the path to a new destiny…” 3 likes
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