A dark, ultimately hopeful story that reveals how a young, female addict is grown (starting with a mean, drunk dad, an equally mean brother, and a distant, damaged mother).
I fell for Randall Grange in the first line: "I still can't figure it out. How the therapist persuaded me to stay in rehab." And then we go back in time to see how Randall ends up drinking and popping pills before she's turned fifteen. Randall's story isn't sugar-coated, but throughout her voice is strong. Even in her darkest moments as an addict, I cared enormously about her welfare. I think this would be a great read for a book club.
Barbara Claypole White
It's hard to say how much you enjoyed a book about a 7 year old growing into addiction, but this book is impressive.
As a reader, you are immediately drawn into the character's family life and her immediate world that she attempts to navigate alone from a young age. You walk with her as she makes good decisions, bad decisions and every choice in between. It is a raw and emotionally powerful story about failing a child. But it is also a tremendous book about the resilience of the human spirit. Highly recommend!
Marianne H. Lile
I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning reading this.
J.A. Wright's HOW TO GROW AN ADDICT: A NOVEL because it's riveting and I couldn’t close the book without knowing how it ends. Dysfunction, chaos, loss, survival, and resiliency are elements that serve to tighten the screws in this gut-wrenching portrayal of recovery that will break your heart wide open.
"J.A. Wright speaks to my heart with her frank, in-depth and vivid writing shot through with razor emotions. This book made me laugh many times out loud but always broke my insides open with tears."
How to Grow an Addict...took me 5 hours to read. I could not/would not put it down. I am not sure Wright could have created a more realistic and authentic look inside a dysfunctional family.... Wright has written a book I believe will help a lot of people understand they are not alone. I am giving it 5 stars because I almost felt as if I was reading a memoir rather than fiction. I will be following J.A. Wright's work from here on out."
“I know a lot about trouble. Mostly about causing it and not much about staying out of it.” [the opening lines of How to Grow an Addict]
In a voice that resonates with the little girl, Scout Finch, from To Kill a Mockingbird, the reader sees through Randall Grange’s eyes the child’s world of constructing values, making sense of what doesn’t have any sense, and realizing there are people to trust and those you can’t. Author Jodi Wright gives this little girl such courage and heart, as we put together the clues which sends her into the cyclone of early adulthood. “How to Grow an Addict” allows us to see Randall dive down the precipice of addiction and back up into the light. Well executed indeed!
BRILLIANT AND UNSTOPPABLE READ
Actor and Comedian