Official Review: True Blue Friend by Roy DeMauro

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Official Review: True Blue Friend by Roy DeMauro

Post by jcoad » 19 Nov 2018, 16:54

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "True Blue Friend" by Roy DeMauro.]
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Is addiction a blessing or a curse? Are years of abusing your body worth years of savings others? True Blue Friend by Roy DeMauro chronicles what addiction can do to you and for you. The author lays his life bare in unflinching style as he details the highs and lows of his daily existence. This is a powerful story of what you can accomplish with a little help from your friends.

Royce started drinking when he was eleven. He cherished his time with his “true blue friend.” Alcohol, drugs, anything he could get his hands on went into his body. The purpose of a job was to get enough money to buy the next pint and then move on. Almost die, time to try rehab. Almost die, time to try rehab again. Finally, at age 30, something clicked and AA meetings replaced his “true blue friend.”

Dedicating his life to AA and helping others changed Royce dramatically. He started a family and held a steady job. He became a sponsor and a speaker passing on his journey to sobriety to others. He set a stellar example for his two sons who became his pride and joy. Royce led a simple life, but it was a sober life rich in the rewards of being in control and paying it forward.

Royce was illiterate until his thirties. The grammar, word choice and sentence structure in this book are extremely poor. I’m not sure if this was to make the book more “real life” but there is no way it could be this poor if anyone proofread the book. The grammar does make the book difficult to read. The book also does not have a cohesive story. It appears to be more like elaborations on random diary entries.

Even with all the negatives, I found this book fascinating. I believed every word of this book. It was real, it was gritty, and it was the story of his way of life. Royce took someone to Wendy’s for a birthday lunch. He pounded the dents out of his son’s car. He went to AA meetings multiple times a day for years. An amazing glimpse into a redeemed life.

I rate this book 2 out of 4 stars. The grammar issues are significant and impact the rating. The shotgun approach to the story also negatively impacts the rating. The guts of the story are worthy of two stars. Fans of non-fiction, memoir-type books would enjoy this story. Recovering addicts or family members would also enjoy this book. Romance or action book enthusiasts would not enjoy this book.

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Post by Book Lover 35 » 21 Nov 2018, 00:01

It's a shame about the errors and that there is not much of a story. This books sounds like it could still be inspirational. I would be interested in seeing how his life changed for the better. Thank you for the review!
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Post by Caylie_Cat » 21 Nov 2018, 00:49

Let's hope that someone takes this book and helps the author to rewrite it and have it edited properly. Stories like this need to be told so that perhaps someone on the brink will learn what the 'addicted lifestyle' is really all about, and find the inspiration to turn back. Love this review!

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Post by kandscreeley » 21 Nov 2018, 08:45

I'm glad that Royce was able to turn his life around. It sounds like there's good content in there somewhere even with all the errors. It would definitely be worth getting the book proofread at the very least. Thanks for the review.
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Post by Sarah Tariq » 08 Dec 2018, 02:01

The plot is quite interesting. But sad to hear about poor editing. Thanks for this honest review.
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Post by Shrabastee » 19 Dec 2018, 00:16

A motivational read it seems! Having first hand experiences of drug and alcohol abuse, he could warn others more effectively, I believe. It is admirable that he put all those negativity into doing something good. However, deliberately leaving a book poorly edited to make it sound more authentic does not at all seem a good strategy. Thanks for your very honest and insightful review!

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Post by Sushan » 28 Dec 2018, 19:27

I am not a big fan of self-help books. Anyway I enjoyed your review. Thank you 👍👍👍
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Post by Kajori50 » 08 Feb 2019, 13:13

Even with all the negatives, I found this book fascinating. I believed every word of this book. It was real, it was gritty, and it was the story of his way of life. Royce took someone to Wendy’s for a birthday lunch. He pounded the dents out of his son’s car. He went to AA meetings multiple times a day for years. An amazing glimpse into a redeemed life.
Royce's life sounds fascinating. I can't believe he started drinking at 11.

Thank you for the lovely review.

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Post by Hiruni Bhagya 81 » 01 Jun 2019, 01:51

Maybe he wanted the book to be real. Otherwise why wouldn't he get it proofread by a professional. I think I'll give it a try, but if it turns out too hard to understand might have to give it up. So, thanks for the great review.

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