How to Grow an Addict: A Novel

How to Grow an Addict: A Novel

by J.A. Wright

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2016 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS - WINNER IN ADDICTION & RECOVERY

2016 NATIONAL INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDS (NIEA)- WINNER IN ADDICTION & RECOVERY

2016 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS (IPPY)- BRONZE MEDAL — LITERARY FICTION

2015 FOREWARD REVIEWS INDIEFAB BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARDS HONORABLE MENTION FOR GENERAL FICTION

2015 USA BEST BOOK AWARDS FINALIST FOR GENERAL FICTION


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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631529917
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 11/03/2015
Pages: 300
Sales rank: 71,476
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

J.A. Wright was raised in the Pacific Northwest and moved to New Zealand in 1990.
She is the founder and director of the World Buskers Festival (1994–2014), and the New Zealand Jazz and Blues Festival (1997–present). With more than thirty years in recovery from drug addiction, she’s been crafting this novel for years.

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How to Grow an Addict: A Novel 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It read like a memoir even though it was fiction. Couldn't put it down. Accurate reflection of addiction and the possible genetic predisposition to substance abuse, as well as how a child's environment can impact on whether or not addiction develops
Anonymous 5 months ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an easy to read, honest account of a difficult subject. It pulls you in and leaves you wanting more. Would recommend to anyone exposed to addiction in their own life and those seeking a greater understanding.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the way this story was put together
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazingly real and you could feel the truth in every word. Really showed how lack of a fatherly love can result in trying to find love in all the wrong men. Many people will be able to relate on a deep level as I did. Biggest message being you can recover from alcohol, drugs, and childhood.?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How to Grow an Addict is a compelling story about how life went from bad to worse for Randall. Unloved and verbally/emotionally abused by her father, and disliked and disdained by her by her older brother, in many ways she was marked for failure. Ven as a child she abused alcohol. Her one refuge where she felt love was her Aunt and Uncle. Her uncle's accidental death triggered full blown substance abuse which fast escalated. The author brought the characters to life, making me care for thre nice ones and be disgusted by the unpleasant ones. I had a lot of trouble putting this book down. It's so well written and the story very compelling. I can easily see myself rereading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wish the ending went a little further.
kitcatlyon More than 1 year ago
An Exceptional Book To Read! How To Grow An Addict is a must read if you enjoy contemporary fiction, laced with addiction and recovery, family drama and pain. Family dynamics play a large role in this storyline that will have you rooting for Randall from the time she is a little girl into her adult life. She struggles many let downs from people she vested in as support, but never finds that relief of 'unconditional love' she desperately craves throughout her life journey. Heartbreaking and raw at times, it will make you laugh, cry and feel the impact of 'Randall's Triumph!' Even though this book is fiction? I could relate to it until the very last page as being in recovery from addiction myself. One reviewer mentioned, "the book seemed to be a long winded excuse to become an addict." I didn't feel that at all. As a recovery writer myself, I know how hard it can be to write and share about addiction without it sounding like denial or excuses. J. A. did an exceptional writing job with this book and powerful story. When you read and follow Randall's journey you are moved, feel empathy and compassion, and toward the end you can feel her Triumph! It gives insights into what addiction looks like from the addicts point of view. Drug addiction is no joke as the author herself has been in long-term recovery as you know she weaves some of her own experiences into this book. I enjoyed how the book flowed and enjoyed her style of writing. Now I await reading her own 'Real Memoir' soon? Look forward to many books by J. A. Wright ....
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
For some reason this synopsis pulled me in when I was pitched the book and I thought this book would be an interesting read about a woman who becomes an addict and how it happened. What I read was a long winded excuse of a woman's life that she uses as an excuse as to why she becomes an addict. This fiction read like memoir and it didn't work for me. The parents frustrated me and there were too many moments when I wanted them to get it together and be actual parents. I think what made me the most frustrated was there was not one redeeming character in the book that I could put my hope on. If you enjoy the soap opera shows then you could enjoy this one more than me.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kayti Nika Raet for Readers' Favorite How to Grow an Addict is an emotional, eye opening novel by J.A. Wright about 23-year-old Randall Grange. An intriguing glimpse into the heart of addiction, How to Grow an Addict reveals its premise in the title, beginning with a memoir-like feel when Randall is about six and chronicling her road to addiction. It begins in small steps; an alcoholic and abusive father, a distant mother with her collection of pills, and an idolized older brother whose image is soon tarnished by a nasty personality. Lonely and awkward, Randall strives for acceptance and love, which often leads her to the wrong place and bad decisions. Getting through life on a steady diet of pills and booze, she is nonetheless surprised to find herself in a rehab center after one particularly bad night. Encouraged to reveal three secrets about herself as part of her treatment, How to Grow an Addict makes for an unflinching narrative about one young woman's coming of age and journey to finding and accepting her true self. Though a dark read, in How to Grow an Addict J.A. Wright is masterful in keeping alive some small bloom of hope for Randall as she navigates a treacherous path. It makes for an incredibly powerful portrayal of the dynamics of a dysfunctional family and how none of the members is immune from the toxicity. I really enjoyed the frankness that Wright wrote with; there were no maudlin moments and she didn't hesitate to shine a light on the more heartbreaking aspects of Randall's life. I especially loved the glimpse of hope we see at the end. An emotional read that really draws the reader in.