Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home by Chloe Shantz-Hilkes
|March 27, 2013||Posted by Sherry Lambert under Non-fiction, Social Studies, Young Adult|
Published by Annick Press | With an introduction by Robert Munsch
Reviewed by Sherry Lambert
The book title “Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home” caught my attention and I decided to give it a read. I was curious as to what it would have to offer as guidance to myself since I have a family member with an addiction.
This “small” book isn’t just from an individual perspective but is comprised of 10 different essays from 10 different people who have had 10 different experiences. They all relate as to what it was like living with a family member with an addiction to drugs, alcohol, pills, etc. and how it has impacted them as an individual. It speaks of how they managed day-to-day and how feelings of isolation and even anger affected them as a person. I found their feelings and stories to be very real and truthful. The novel wasn’t exactly applicable to myself as these recounts were of children/teens with a parent who had an addiction whereas I had a sibling. However, the feelings of shame, isolation and bitterness were something I could relate to though.
I did find the book a little disjointed and somewhat choppy. But this book could be a tool for teens who live with an addict. It would be very helpful for them to know that the feelings and emotions they experience are normal. To know that they are not alone can also be comforting. Perhaps this book could be used in a support group setting.
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