3 out of 4 stars
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Chasing a Flawed Sun by Daniel McGhee is an autobiographical story about being addicted to drugs and alcohol. Daniel was a young teenager when he started using and abusing drugs and alcohol and became hooked very quickly. He later graduated to using heroin, and his battle with the drug took him to hell and back. This book offers an honest and revealing look at how drugs can destroy a life. It also shows that there is hope at the end of a dark tunnel. If someone truly wants to stop using, there is a way out for everyone. The author’s journey wasn’t an easy one. But, in his struggle, he finally understood what was important in his life.
The one thing that I enjoyed about this book is that it was so honest and transparent. The author didn’t hold anything back and revealed what it means to truly be addicted. I also appreciated the bravery it took for the author to share his difficult journey and also explore the very darkest parts about himself. For example, he admits to multiple thefts, wanting to seem cool to fit in with the hip crowd when he was young, and obviously using drugs. He also talked very openly about his anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, and how he would use drugs to numb his feelings. As he grew up and started to get clean, he admitted to a lot of his mistakes and was very grateful for a second chance.
I also liked that this book was about a very serious and important topic. A lot of people are either directly dealing with addiction or know someone who is. So, I appreciate that it’s an educational and even inspirational book that can help people heal. Hopefully, people can see that there is hope and a way out for them after reading the autobiography.
The one issue that I had with the book was that it was kind of repetitive. It seemed to drag in a lot of places. It felt like Daniel had a lot of chances to get better. However, every time it seemed like it was finally the time, he would go back to using drugs. I understand that the author was just trying to be honest and tell the readers every step of his journey, but it just went back and forth a little too long. The narrative became tedious after a while, and I wish certain parts that repeated would be edited and removed. Also, I know that Daniel has had a lot of business success after quitting heroin and other drugs. To make the book a little more inspirational and hopeful, I wish his triumphs were discussed in detail at the end.
I’m rating this book 3 out of 4 stars. I liked the honest and reflective look into the life of an addict. I also appreciated the bravery it took for the author to tell his story. This autobiography is about an important topic that can really help and inspire people. The book was also exceptionally edited. I couldn’t find a single error. I’m taking a star away because the book was repetitive and dragged in a few places. I also wish that the author talked about all his success after his addiction more. I would recommend this autobiography to anyone who is struggling with addiction or anyone who knows someone dealing with it. This book can really help many people who are going through the same journey.
Chasing A Flawed Sun
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