*Trigger warning* This book featured in this review deals with the issue of heroin addiction.
Silver Spoons: One’s Journey Through Addiction by Sarah Dickinson
Silver Spoons: One’s Journey Through Addiction, takes an intimate and raw look at the current face of addiction and recovery. Talking about the current opioid epidemic, we follow a young couple while one of them goes through the recovery process. Told through letters, we get an understanding of their relationship as it struggles through his addiction and resulting recovery. From detox, rehab, sober living and the 12 steps of A.A., you get a raw and honest look at the effects of addiction and how they affect relationships.
Throughout this book, I toyed with whether I liked it or not. The hard-to-read font was an immediate turn off for me and the first few chapters (which are a mix of narrative and letters) were bit too much of a love story for me. I would even go as far as saying that the way in which the characters wrote to each other was a bit too cheesy rom-com for me. But I guess the lovey dovey stuff was deliberately included to better highlight the reality of being addict because once I persevered a few more chapters I got to the hard core stuff I had signed up for. And by the time I got to the end of the book, I was knocked for six.
Sometimes I felt the content of Silver Spoons wasn’t realistic and I wrote the book off. It wasn’t until I had finished that I realised how it had played with my emotions. They ranged from anger and disbelief (just how could she stay with him?) to feelings of disgust followed by hope for a better future. That was on top of shock, sadness, and disappointment. To say this book was a whirlwind of emotions is an understatement.
While it had its flaws, I did find Silver Spoons to be a good read, and certainly one I won’t forget in a hurry.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.