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Cracked: Putting Broken Lives Together Again Hardcover – Aug 7 2003


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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Non-Fiction (Aug. 7 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060096543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060096540
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.8 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 540 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #869,676 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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By Katie on July 17 2004
Format: Hardcover
Drew, because you asked on air for people to review your book on amazon and I sadly have no life--here I am! I checked Cracked out of the library and read it in a day or two, and I felt so many different things throughout reading it.
On a side note.. Loveline is an amazing show that's helped so many people. I like to consider myself well-adjusted (no abuse, parents still madly in love, like one or two family members in drugs/alcohol but I've been sheltered), so I listen to your show to learn things. I've learned so much, from the morning after pill to the fact that most women don't orgasm during intercourse. Keep up the great work and don't be afraid to tell Adam to shut up if he's interrupting important advice!
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By Emily W. on July 16 2004
Format: Hardcover
Preface: Drew, you were feeling depressed about the poor book reviews on the show-hopefully, by writing this review, I can begin to repay you for all the greatness you've bestowed upon my life!
Review: Completely awesome. Though I have never known personally anyone who suffered from addiction, I found the book to be entertaining and informative.
Thank you Dr. Drew!!!
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Format: Hardcover
I read this book back in late april and loved it i was sitting in the middle of all my classes glued to it like a fly to a fly trap. im only 15 but i know when something is good and this was beyond good,this is the ONLY book i've read cover to back that shows how boerd i get of most things.
I love drews radioshow [loveline], him and adam make me laugh a lot but also i have learned so much from the show more than i have ever thought i'd understand,but now if i spat something in school about how you can tell if a person is smokeing pot or has been abused in their past just by their vioce i get that look from people like im crazy and i get laughed at which makes no sense to me, i guess the show made me too smart for my own good, oh well.....
well any way i say anybody who can get thier hands on a copy of this book do it because if you don't then your missing out big time, and last thing any body who gives drews book a bad review really DOESN'T understand what the concept of the book is and should either get thier brain repaired or burn in hell.
dr.drew rules! peace!
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Format: Hardcover
Drew Pinsky is a brilliant man and cracked is fantastic book. You don't need to be or even know an addict to appreciate this book. Dr. Pinksy tells us the stories of several patients dealing with addiction for a twofold purpose. On the surface we see the trials of both the caregiver's and patients struggling with the disease. However, beyond this we see people who are simply struggling with the human condition. The behaviors manifested by the addicts are extreme versions of behaviors we all experience or deal with in others around us. So read this book and learn about addiction, but if you are not careful you may just learn something about yourself.
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By Goat on July 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
This was a fantastic book, I loved every chapter. Dr. Drew, you are a God. If you are reading this, then can you say my name on the air. Thank you.
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By Chuck on July 14 2004
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in 6 hours at work and I believe it to be one of the best books I've ever read, because it not only taught me about a new subject, but it taught me a lot about myself and how to recognize warning signs of trauma's in myself and the ones I love.
I tip my hat to Dr. Pinsky for having the courage to open himself up to the readers and let us see what its like to be him. Simply amazing.
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Format: Hardcover
First, Dr. Drew routeinely states that he reads these reviews when speaking on "Loveline," so you'll notice that this has become, in a way, a messageboard rather than a collection of reviews. Reading the reviews feels more like a day at "Burning Man" than the review section of Amazon.
I read Cracked soon after hearing about it and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Those familiar with Drew from the radio (and many of us listen enough to almost feel that Adam and Drew are our corny uncles) can learn more about what he does when he's not on the air. Most listeners who give "Cracked" a read will find themselves listening to Loveline with more informed ears.
Many reviews see the book as self-absorbed, and you could certainly make this case. Personally, I enjoyed Drew's ability to let us, "see the great OZ," (so often we think of Drs. as people who are godlike, and Drew's inclusion of himself helps 'crack' that myth).
Overall, I found the book a fun quick read, with some interesting ideas about recovery as it often plays out--complicated and often filled with set-backs, but offering the possibility of redemption and a renewed sense of the wonderful mysteries of life. I think most Loveline listeners will enjoy "Cracked," and many who are simply interested in addiction and recovery will find themselves in for a good ride.
That said, there certainly are sections that are quite poorly edited. I don't have perfect grammar myself, but there are parts where it takes three passes over a sentence before you can figure out what was meant.
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