Love Junkie: A Memoir

Love Junkie: A Memoir

by Rachel Resnick

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Love Junkie 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Sararush on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Desperate and at times disturbing¿Love Junkie is a memoir that is almost too honest. Resnick, a forty year old writer, is our junkie. The book recounts her relationships from childhood to middle age as evidence of her love addiction. An addiction she claims is as gripping as heroin. Resnick opens her story by describing scenes in which her mother threw herself at men while neglecting her children, and segues into history vividly repeating itself over a string of Resnick¿s own failed relationships. She lives her life choosing one ill-suited mate after another in a frantic need to be loved. She pushes herself beyond her limits in a constant pursuit of an intimacy that evades her. When it comes to sex and love, she has absolutely no control over herself. She tirelessly pursues affection at any cost. Resnick lays out her history for the reader to devour and judge in a completely straightforward way. The author at times is unlikable but her story is too well told to deny. Her memories range from heart wrenchingly sad to completely outrageous, and at times scarily relatable. The book ends without warning and with questionable hope for the author¿s fate, but unnaturally haunts the reader long after the story¿s completion.
airdna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Almost every woman who has spent time searching for Mr. Right has, at one point or another, fallen hard for Mr. Wrong. We've all had at least one relationship where we temporarily lost sight of ourselves and became regrettably jealous, insecure, or needy. Rachel Resnick, however, took it to a whole new level. She couldn't break free from the cycle. She compulsively sought out and clung to a series of increasingly destructive and dysfunctional relationships before she acknowledged her "love addiction" and sought help from support groups and 12-step programs. This memoir takes a gritty and unflinching look at her lowest moments of sexual and emotional debasement, explores the family dynamics that helped shape her addiction, and chronicles her journey towards self-awareness and love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading about thoughts and experiences is where you fit in to the world. This memoit is good enough on its own. Lurid sex does not make it better. I am all for reading about your sex life bot every page! No.
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David_Bremmerton More than 1 year ago
A really excellent memoir. Not the best, but pretty darn good. Very insightful into why relationships can fail and why one can get addicted to relationships without growing as a person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the only books that I literally could not put down. It's intense, horrific in spots and very sad. The level of dysfunction in the author's narrative is a reflection of the level of dysfunction in her nuclear family growing up. If you thought your OWN parents were dysfunctional, reading this will make you apologize to them. It's a powerful book. I couldn't recommend it more highly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, maybe because i was once in her shoes. Its realistic and i love the juicey energy to this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book's first few chapters were bearable, but it was just a big steaming mess halfway in. I couldn't read the rest because it was so needlessly foul. Stay far away from this one!
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Rubie More than 1 year ago
Its a great book! very provocative and intense ... but very well written ... I like how the book jumps from memory to memory in the middle of something that could be happening in the present. Rachel Resnick has had quite a life and I am glad she was brave enough to write about it. Good book.
voyager8 More than 1 year ago
The closest I've ever come to reading another Fear of Flying. She is so much like Erica Jong in her story telling and self searching. A sexual adventure from start to finish. Not your usual sex addict sad saga.
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