Gr 6 Up The pitfalls of seemingly innocent and harmless alcohol and drug use are openly and honestly portrayed in nine hard-hitting first-person accounts of adolescent druggers and drinkers who began the path to addiction as early as age nine. The motivations for initiating drug use are explored, and the resulting individual nightmares graphically demonstrate what it is like to be a drinker or drugger. Each true story is amply illustrated with black-and-white photographs and is followed by a concise and straightforward encapsulation of facts. A follow-up ``Think About'' section concludes each case study with suggestions and empirical data for use by readers as they consider the risks and hazards of drug use. These items will provide excellent discussion starters for counseling sessions or ``Just Say No'' groups. Newman deglamourizes the allure of chemicals that usually leads to polyaddiction and provides a clear picture of life in the alcohol/drug world. A multiplicity of books on substance abuse are available, including several titles each by Margaret Hyde and Geraldine Woods, Daniel and Susan Cohen's A Six-Pack and a Fake I.D. (Evans, 1986) and Laurel Graeber's Are You Dying for a Drink? (Messner, 1985), but this one should be added to the shelves of any library serving young adult readers. Bold print scenarios that precede each case history will quickly capture the attention of browsers, and the objective data that concludes each chapter will provide easily read but vital information to understand the ``loaded gun'' inherent in non-prescriptive drugs use. Sue Diehl, Robertsville Junior High School, Oak Ridge, Tenn.