I`ve racked my brain trying to come up with a stellar review that doesn`t sound clichéd or too close in proximity of those having already reviewed “Addictarium“ but it is, and unfortunately, inevitable. So, I`m basing this review on 2 factors: One, that I`ve gotten to know the author personally; and secondly, for the energy and confidence she put into the making of this book.
Though a Fictional memoir, many parts, which I felt were embellished to enhance the stamina of this book, allowed me to reflect in real time and that`s what I admired about the book. From the beginning to end, MC Danielle Martino has you not at “Hello“ but at “My name is Danielle and I have a story to tell“.
Though the story of a recovering heroin addict there is a whole other story buried underneath pertaining to survival, hope, hunger, desire, all entwined with the will to live a normal life as a normal person which almost seems impossible, particularly with the array of eclectic characters – who all seem to have issues of their own – constantly surrounding Danielle`s world with some tending to pull her back rather than pushing her forward. True, there were some instances in the book that had me cheering for Danielle, but at the same time, wanting to wring her neck or just slap some sense into her. But what I`ve gathered over the years of having crossed those struggling with an addiction of some sort is that their actions are always justifiable and it`s up to them to declare that they have a problem, not us.
Aside from the substance abuse with acid and weed to – and I assume – channel the craving of heroin, D`Settēmi takes the reader on an emotional, and at times, witty journey through a sort of “trial & tribulations“ so that we could grasp first-hand what addiction does and is capable of doing with or without treatment. There are many highs and many lows throughout the book which balances for a great story. Though mildly explicit in nature due to rape and other sexcapades, it is quite an eye-opener for those who have never struggled with an addiction [including myself] so therefore the recommendation to read will be most unavoidable.
Though I`ve refrained from entailing **spoilers** to the book in this review, only because I`d rather other readers make their own assessments, I will say that I was bothered by the excessive use of commas ( , ) which at times had me pausing, then reading, then pausing; other than that, “Addictarium“ was well written, thought out and told to the greatest of its ability.