Leah I think Caroline's book is one of the few that does NOT glamorize her struggle. As I said in my review... I think many memoirists now can't help but think about books like "Eat Pray Love", movie options, and Oprah's Book Club. When Caroline wrote this it was a different time and you can tell through her writing that this is really about sharing a story that needed to be let out. The world lost Caroline to lung cancer very young and in her best friend's novel about their friendship she is perhaps most proud that through even the darkest last days she maintained her sobriety.