Whatever you call it, it’s the same thing. Addictive.
Drugs ruin people’s lives.
I should know, they destroyed mine.
I’m Hannah and I got hooked on ice. What started as a trickle, ended with a tsunami washing everything away; my family, my life.
I’m not sure you’re ready to read my story; it’s real and confronting.
Open the book, read the pages and see how easy it is for anyone to get addicted.
Ice affects all types of people. It doesn’t discriminate.
It will SCREW. YOU. UP.
*Drug abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse and emotional conditioning. Recommended for 16+ Contains distressing content. It will cause you anger, frustration and you'll want to hurt some characters.
There was something about the book blurb that caught my attention. I've always been fascinated with how people get addicted to drugs and why. I'm really glad I had the opportunity to read Addiction by Margaret McHeyzer. It did not disappoint.
The pacing was fantastic although it does start out a little slow at first. When I first started reading Addiction, it sounded like every other cliched teen book - Girl sees hot guy. Hot guy sees hot girl. Both agree to a date. However, a few chapters in, this was anything but another cliched teen book! I was hooked on Addiction, and I couldn't stop reading!
The plot line has been done many times, I must admit. However, the way Margaret McHeyzer writes this story makes it feel different from many of the other books about drugs and addiction I've read. I wouldn't say there are really any plot twists, but this isn't a book I'd expect plot twists from. This book feels very raw and very real. Addiction drives the point home that anyone from any walk of life can become addicted to drugs. Hannah's journey will make you feel all kinds of emotions. There were times I was wondering why Hannah did the things she did and made the decisions she made. McHeyzer does a great job of answering these questions in the forward, so be sure to read that and not skip it!
The world building felt very realistic to me. I've never been addicted to drugs, so I can't speak from any first hand experience, but from what I've read and seen about drug addicts, Addiction seems to hit the nail on the head with everything. It's easy to see how drugs and addiction can affect anyone no matter their circumstances. Hannah's world felt very real and very scary to me. I was afraid for Hannah a lot of the time. Everything that happened in Addiction could easily happen to anyone, and that is scary!
I felt that all the characters in Addiction by Margaret McHeyzer were written very well and were fleshed out enough to be believable. I loved Hannah. There were times that she made me angry with her decisions and actions, but I had to remind myself that she was a 17 year old girl and that drugs had a very strong pull on her. I was scared a lot of the time for Hannah as I stated previously. There were times I wanted to just protect Hannah. Hannah could be anyone. Hannah could be anyone's best friend, sister, cousin, daughter, etc. Hannah felt very real. Although I hated Edgar for what he did to Hannah and how he treated her, I thought he was a great character. I loved how evil he was. He felt so real and so villainous. Every scene he was in, I just wanted to grab Hannah and run away from him. He was written as a bad guy so perfectly. I loved to hate him. Even the minor and supporting characters were very well written.
Drug abuse is the main theme of this book, obviously. There are also themes of sex, rape, violence, control, and strong emotional abuse. There is also swearing throughout the book. All these themes really do help to show what drug abuse is like.
All in all, Addiction by Margaret McHeyzer is a very interesting read. It is a very dark book, but it focuses on drug abuse, so that's to be expected. The plot and characters are very well written. I would definitely recommend Addiction to those aged 16+.
I'm Margaret and I'm a self-published author.
My last three books have been YA and I'm completely in love with the genre. I love being able to communicate with people through my words and stories.
My writing genres all differ, but the one thing I keep consistent is my heroines. All my female lead characters are strong, gutsy and not the 'perfect' woman. While my books all have romantic elements in them, they aren't just about the romance. They're about finding strength, acceptance and making life long connections.
I hope you enjoy my stories as much as I have while writing them.
(I received an ARC of Addiction by Margaret McHeyzer in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own).