Randall Grange has been tricked into admitting herself into a treatment center and she doesn’t know why. She’s not a party hound like the others in her therapy group—but then again, she knows she can’t live without pills or booze.
Raised by an abusive father, a detached mother, and a loving aunt and uncle, Randall both loves and hates her life. She’s awkward and a misfit. Her parents introduced her to alcohol and tranquilizers at a young age, ensuring that her teenage years would be full of bad choices, and by the time she’s twenty-three years old, she’s a full-blown drug addict, well acquainted with the miraculous power chemicals have to cure just about any problem she could possibly have—and she’s in more trouble than she’s ever known was possible.
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“An amazing book from debut author JA Wright!”
Five Star Review on Amazon By LLM
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of ‘How to Grow an Addict’ by JA Wright, and I could not put it down! The prologue sets the scene with the main character entering rehab and being asked by her counselor what ‘three things’ led her to become an addict. For the protagonist narrowing it down to just three things is the hard part and from there we are taken on a journey that delves into the repercussions of being raised by dysfunctional and emotionally unavailable parents, and the ways addiction can take over ones life.
At times this book is utterly heart-wrenching and shocking. The author has a clear voice and is able to portray the perils of addiction in a realistic and vivid way. And yet at the same time, the tale of despair surrounding the protagonist’s childhood and subsequent life as an addict is beautifully balanced within the narrative through the careful and considered incorporation of amazingly descriptive and life affirming scenes, which demonstrate how important love is and how even the tiniest bit of hope can help change a person’s life.
An amazing book from debut author JA Wright!
About the Author
How to Grow an Addict is J.A. Wright’s debut novel. Named best book of 2015 by Redbook/Good Housekeeping magazine and a finalist in both the 2015 USA Best Book Awards and 2015 Foreward Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award and Bronze winner in the 2016 IPPY Awards for Literary Fiction.
J.A. Wright has been in recovery from addiction since 1985. Raised in the Pacific NW, she moved to New Zealand with her young family in 1990.