2 out of 4 stars
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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.
True Blue Friend
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