“Be brave or pretend to be brave. Either one will do”
How to Grow an Addict ~ J A Wright
‘How to Grow an Addict’ is like a terrible car crash. You cannot, no matter how hard you try, look away. Very aptly titled, the book is the story of twenty-three-year-old Randall, who through a series of unfortunate events and circumstances from as young as twelve – grows up to become an addict, a pill popper. Bad parenting, lack of household familiarity and warmth, the death of a beloved uncle and early abusive romantic relationships; all of these seem to be the sum total of “how to grow an addict”.
I cannot put my hand on my heart and claim that the language is transcendental, that sentiments have been conveyed beautifully or that the book is peppered with moving imagery. What I will say however is that it is a very easy and interesting read. It was refreshing to read a debut novel from an author who doesn’t pretend to be a master writer. The strength of the absurd and frankly sad story itself is enough to make the book interesting.
Halfway through the novel, it is hard to digest that so many horrible things can happen to the same person, in such a short amount of time. Nonetheless, stranger things have been written about and it truly is difficult to put this book down.
Why you should read it:
- If you’re interested in exploring the ‘pile-on’ of reasons why some people turn into addicts
- If you’re looking for a break from your usual list of “literature”
Why you shouldn’t read it:
- If you cannot bring yourself to read a book that has not been masterfully written
- If you like reading atmospheric novels
Note ~ I received a copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.