Memoirs Aren't Fairytales (The Memoir Series, #1)

Memoirs Aren't Fairytales (The Memoir Series, #1)

by Marni Mann

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Memoirs Aren't Fairytales (The Memoir Series, #1) by Marni Mann

"I could feel my chin falling toward my chest, my back hunching forward. My body was acting on its own, and my mind was empty, like all my memories had been erased. There was scenery behind my lids. Aqua-colored water and powdery sand that extended for miles. I was never going back to coke. I wanted more heroin. And I wanted it now."

Leaving behind a nightmarish college experience, Nicole and her friend, Eric, escape their home of Bangor, Maine to start a new life in Boston. Fragile and scared, Nicole desperately seeks a new beginning to help erase her past. But there is something besides freedom waiting for her in the shadows—a drug that will make every day a nightmare.


With one taste, the love that once flowed through Nicole's veins turns into cravings. Tracks mark the passing of time, and heroin's grip gets tighter. It holds her hand through deaths and prostitution, but her addiction keeps her in the darkness. When her family tries to strike a match to help light her way, Nicole must choose between a life she can hardly remember, or a love for heroin she'll never forget.

Reader Caution: A harrowing story of addiction, this novel contains graphic scenes, explicit language, and disturbing situations. Recommend for mature audiences.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940155651871
Publisher: Marni Mann
Publication date: 05/31/2018
Series: Memoir Series , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 570 KB

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Memoirs Aren't Fairytales: A Story of Addiction 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
SuperReaderChick More than 1 year ago
Prior to reading this book, I had heard a great deal of chatter about how intense it was from bloggers and fellow authors. I was dying to see what it was all about. Memoirs Aren't Fairytales was very dark and heady right from the beginning. It made me feel trapped inside Nicole's mind with no way out. I was curious to know more about her nightmares and their cause, and as that became clearer I better understood her current exisistence. Her life had become so dark and drug-hazed that it practically sucked the life out of me with each page. I have never had a book effect me this way before. I felt like a helpless bystander watching her spiral further and further down the rabbit hole of addiction. Chapter 12 actually made me gasp out loud with its events. I was both eager and worried to see what would happen to Nicole next. I was on the edge of my seat every time I thought she was ready to make a change. It was heartbreaking to watch her continue to sink into the abyss. It was also very eye-opening seeing what Nicole's family went through while trying to save her from herself. There were many times when I thought she had hit rock bottom, only for her to demonstrate that she had further yet to fall. Memoirs was an incredible and heart-breaking glimpse into life with addiction and all that it can take from someone. The ending left me with equal parts skepticism and hope. I am eager to read the sequel soon.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book... But after I was almost halfway through, I found out I was reading the "Young Adult Version." From what I read, it's still a great book. I just wish I had known before purchasing that it was a censored version.
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pdawg16323 More than 1 year ago
amazing book, I couldn't put it down! but I see its fiction, I thought differently.
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sassypickle More than 1 year ago
What an amazing story! Fiction that, no doubt, is true for many drug addicts out there on the streets. This book is raw and gritty, shocking and haunting. A page-turner that kept me at the edge of my bed late at night. The ending left me with tears in my eyes and a heavy feeling in my chest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great book, but i didnt realize until i finished that it was fiction, i assumed memior in the title meant something else, my bad. Great book otherwise.
StacySEaton More than 1 year ago
Recently I had the opportunity to read this book and I must admit that I had a hard time putting it down. Ms. Mann did an incredible job of showing exactly what addiction does to not only your mind and your body, but to the friends and family members that addict. Her ability to put the feelings and emotions of the addict down on paper in such a way that you could imagine what they were seeing or tasting was excellent. It was very obvious that Ms. Mann did quite a bit of research into this book. This is a great book for any person who has wondered what the fuse is about addiction, or for someone who has a loved one suffering from it. It will give you great insight into how the mind works and why they say the things they do. I look forward to reading the sequel!
ThatGurlthatlife More than 1 year ago
I heard about this book by chance, and WOW am I glad I did! The author's writing style is AMAZING and the writing draws you in from the very first page! I literally could not stop reading the book. I felt the main character's every emotion. When a story tugs on your heart, makes you sick to your stomach, gives you goosebumps, while at the same time immerses you in a world not so closely seen by most, it has that IT factor. This is what "Memoirs" was for me. It was compelling, vivid, sad & beautiful all at the same time. I want to see this made into a Big Screen movie, it deserves it! Marni Mann inspired me with this novel, and I can't wait to read more of her work. I can't stop spreading the word about this book. If you haven't read it, or are debating about reading...please get it. It's worth way more than the .99 its currently for sale for right now. I would have gladly paid $9.99 for this ebook. I don't give spoilers in reviews, so I'll just end by saying that I try and read at least 4 or 5 (Traidtionally published & indie) books a months, and this is going down as the Book of The Year. It's at the top of my favorites list, and I hope HUGE success comes to this author for her job well done. Marni, I don't know you personally, but thank you... Thank you for sharing such amazing talent with the world. Your book reminded me why I fell in love with reading.
winey_mommy More than 1 year ago
The synopsis is so dark, so gripping, that I decided to try it out and if I couldn't finish it I wouldn't beat myself up. I couldn't put it down. In less than 72 hours I completely read the book. I don't have any experience with addiction, neither myself nor my family members, but that didn't stop me from being engrossed with this book. It was written in such a real, lifelike manner that at times I would force myself to put the book down and remind myself that this was merely a story and it was not my life. I felt for Nicole. I wanted to cry as I read the first time she tried heroin. I felt sick as I read the times she had to sell her body to simply get the drugs that she needed to survive. This book was such a page turner. It was amazing, sad, and gave me a huge wake up call on how truly tragic that addiction and drugs can be on one's life.
LMStull More than 1 year ago
I'm not even sure where to begin my review. This is one of those books that will touch you right down to your core. And hours after turning the last page, I still can’t seem to forget about Nicole and her story. While I've never suffered from drug addiction, I have known many who have, and Mann does an remarkably excellent job in portraying the life and feelings of an addict. I found myself relating to the darkness of Nicole's life, because we’ve all had life experiences we would rather not remember, just like Nicole. Some of us deal with that darkness by resorting to drugs. Some with shopping. Some with therapy. I would wager that anyone who picks this book up will see something of themselves in Nicole. And that is both powerful… and scary. Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales reminds us that addicts are people. Not monsters. But people who chose a different path than us. People who once had dreams and aspirations just like us. People who simply... got lost along the way. Nicole’s story held me hostage from the very first line. With every turn of the page, I wished, and hoped that she would find her way back to “normal.” Back to the way her life should be. Memoirs Aren’t Fairytales is a tough read because it’s raw and very, very real. There aren’t many people whose lives haven’t in some way been touched by drugs. We all know someone, or know someone who knows someone who is an addict. This book is a must read for everyone. Bravo Marni Mann on a debut novel that I’ll never forget. Ever.
MKempher More than 1 year ago
If you read no other book this year, you must read this one. Told in first person, you see the downward spiral of a drug addict. You'll see Nicole--a promising young woman from a loving family fall into the abyss that are drugs. Don't let the subject matter scare you away, the writing is so fantastic that even as you're horrified, your eyes will be glued to each page. You'll see Nicole in your mind's eye, as clear as if she were your own sister. You'll put yourself in her parent's shoes and feel their heartbreak, and you'll cry--but you'll come out at the end of this book somehow better off for having read it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A heartbreaking example of a life destroyed by addiction. The endingbwas a little abrupt. Decent read. Good value.