After reading Marni Mann's debut novel, Memoirs Aren't Fairytales, I couldn’t wait to find out what became of Nicole. (See my review here)
I was hoping she would be able to somehow straighten out her life and find happiness. Realistically, her chances of overcoming her heroin addiction were slim and she had done so much damage to her friends and family… Could she possibly pick up the pieces?
The story finds Nicole just as she has been released from prison. She is clean and sober and it looks like she wants to follow the rules and do the right thing. She moves in to a ‘halfway house’ and finds a job.
She even finds a new romantic interest- which is technically frowned upon by her drug counselors. They advise newly clean addicts to wait at least a year before getting involved in a relationship. This could be trouble…
On the one hand, things are looking great. A bright future is ahead. But then there are those ugly red flags; both new threats and ghosts from her previous life.
No one can really escape from their past and Nicole is no exception. She is fiercely independent- to a fault. She is choosing to live her life on her terms. Her bravado causes her to make some foolish decisions that put her life in jeopardy. At times you may want to shake her and shout, “Don’t be so stubborn!”
Nicole seems to have nine lives, but how many has she already used?
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Scars from a Memoir