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    I thoroughly enjoyed this read. The author has a way of making you feel that you know this woman. In fact, having grown up in Toronto myself and being the same age as Colleen Kerrigan, there were many times that I thought to myself, "wow, I've been to that restaurant..." or "wow, I've done that!" So much so that sometimes I thought I must know Colleen or that some of her experiences were also mine. This story is ultimately about the downward spiraling effects of alcoholism, but it is also a story about the realization that a person can face this demon and choose another path. Which is what Colleen Kerrigan does in the end. From the start of a very bad day, we watch as Colleen progresses through the events which lead her to hit rock bottom and then, thankfully, to finally reach out for help. For any of you who have known an alcoholic, this book holds no surprises. The author's description of Colleen's life, habits, thoughts, etc. is very accurate. She is what they call a "functioning" alcoholic. She knows she drinks too much, but she still holds a job, and goes about her life fairly well. Her relationships with men are a mess and she has never married. She has a couple of friends who still talk to her. She has managed to embarrass herself on many social occasions by drinking too much. This book starts at the top of the slide when Colleen's drinking gets her fired from her job, then it's all downhill. She hits the bottom. What I liked the most about this book was the author's style. The woman, Colleen, seems very real. You feel like you are inside her head. It is very intimate and close. Her thoughts feel like your thoughts. You can follow her logic and even though you know that her decisions while drinking are skewed and off balance, you can see how she came to them. Then, when she goes over the edge and into the oblivion of alcoholic blackouts, you still feel like you are with her. Instead of being on the receiving end, you are like her and only know what she knows. I found this style of writing very compelling and effective. I loved reading this book. I loved the Colleen character. Thank you for a most interesting and different style of story that was both believable and very memorable.
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    captivating and real

    well written, captivating, real, and unputdownable!
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    Powerful & emotional. I couldn't stop reading. Davis tells the story of an alcoholics life as true as it gets. Well done.
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