Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home Paperback – Feb 1 2013
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“… honest and insightful.”—Reading Today Online, 06/03/13
“… varied and honest enough that readers with addiction in their own families will likely find plenty to relate to …”—Kirkus Reviews, 06/13
“Living with an addicted family member has to be difficult, and for those young adults facing the challenge, this is a book which will truly ‘hit home’.”—CM Reviews, 06/13
“… a candid, raw read, but those in similar situations will see that they are not alone …”—Waterloo Region Record, 06/08/13
“… puts a real face on what addictions do to those around them ... [A] powerful and moving read.” —Resource Links, 06/13
“The honesty of these stories is a testament to the strength of these children … a worthwhile read for any teenager living with family members with addiction.”—The Great Unread, 08/24/13
“Any teen who is going through a similar situation … will be comforted to find that they are not alone.”—Canadian Children’s Book New,10/13
“The real life anecdotes are powerfully told … by teens who actually live with an addicted family member.”—muskokaregion.com, 07/13/14
“ … shines a light on how addiction affects more than just ... the addict... a very well done book …”—Mrs. Cejda’s Book Blog, 08/20/14
“Searingly honest …”—School Library Journal, 09/09/14
… varied and honest enough that readers with addiction in their own families will likely find plenty to relate to …
Searingly honest … (2014-09-09)
… a candid, raw read, but those in similar situations will see that they are not alone … (2013-08-06)
… puts a real face on what addictions do to those around them ... [A] powerful and moving read.
Living with an addicted family member has to be difficult, and for those young adults facing the challenge, this is a book which will truly ‘hit home’.
… honest and insightful. (2013-06-03)
The honesty of these stories is a testament to the strength of these children … a worthwhile read for any teenager living with family members with addiction. (2013-08-24)
Any teen who is going through a similar situation … will be comforted to find that they are not alone.
The real life anecdotes are powerfully told … by teens who actually live with an addicted family member. (2014-07-13)
… shines a light on how addiction affects more than just ... the addict... a very well done book … (2014-08-20)
About the Author
Chloe Shantz-Hilkes was born in Kitchener, Ontario, to a family that has been changing and growing ever since. Her parents divorced when she was young and both remarried, leaving her with a delightfully complicated bevy of half-siblings, step-parents and partners, cousins-once-removed, and more. This has given her a deep appreciation for the role that family—whether big, or small; neat, or sloppy—can play in life. Since preschool, Chloe has enjoyed reading and telling stories. Growing up, her various families’ copies of The Balloon Tree, by Phoebe Gilman, and Love You Forever, by Robert Munsch, were well-worn and well-loved. By the time she reached middle school, Chloe was a full-fledged bookworm, almost always engrossed in a book by a fantasy or science-fiction author such as Tamora Pierce or Orson Scott Card. And ever since eschewing grade 12 chemistry and calculus in favor of Shakespeare, Anne Michaels, and four English credits, stories have become her profes
Decode is a global strategic consultancy firm that helps clients “decode” what young people think, feel, want, need, believe in, and aspire to.
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Each essay was a revelation, and just a touch heartbreaking. You can not help to feel for these young people. These were really interesting looks into the lives of addict families. Great variety of types of addictions and they stories of the kids.
Really enlightening, these kids are not professional writes but their words speak volumes. Anybody would empathize with them.
Note: I received this ARC free in exchange for an honest review.
"Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home," by Chloe Shantz-Hilkes, is not intended to entertain teens like "The Hunger Games" or the latest YA series. What it does is provide clear, stark, unflinching recollections from ten survivors, all of whom grew up with addicted family members.
One boy's dad was an angry drunk, a powerful weightlifter who nearly pushed him through a glass window. One girl's brother started smoking weed in ninth grade, and by graduation was paranoid and hooked on OxyContin. Another girl's mother was addicted to gambling, an addiction that can tear apart a family just like alcoholism.
Each of these essays is fearless in describing what its author went through during their years living with an addict. Some of the survivors ended up moody and depressed, and they failed to excel in school. Others went the other way, obsessively throwing themselves into their schoolwork, because that was the one thing in their lives they could control.
Interspersed among these survivors' stories are bits of information or explanation: what an enabler is, for example, or notes that children of addicts are more likely to suffer from depression.
The media love to focus attention on addicts. From tabloid reports of the latest star going to a posh clinic, to shows like "Celebrity Rehab," addicts' stories are common. It's widely espoused that addiction is a disease, requiring treatment just like any other. The media rarely focus on the damaged or destroyed families addicts leave in their wakes. It's just not something we think about.
Once, a friend asked me to accompany her to a support group for families of alcoholics and addicts. I'd had experience with addiction, but this was the first time I'd heard how hellish addicts can make life for those around them. It was gut-wrenching.
The introduction for "Hooked" is an addiction testimonial from noted children's author, Robert Munsch. His personal story of alcoholism and drug addiction might seem out of character for somebody in his field, but it shows this disease can affect anyone.
Following the essays are two helpful resources. One is a Q&A section with addiction expert Dr. Dennis Kimberley. The other is a listing of resources where a young person with an addict parent--or one dealing with his or her own addictions--can find confidential help, 24/7.
"Hooked: When Addiction Hits Home" should be in every middle school and high school library, guidance counselor's office, even as part of drug and alcohol education units in health classes. One in five families is touched by addiction. Being exposed to this book--with its stories and information--could help young people in equally dire situations find reassurance that they aren't alone, as well as resources for them to get the help they need.
This is a moving collection from teenagers that grew up with a family member suffering from an addiction. Covering alcoholism, drug abuse and even workaholics, the fearless stories don't shame their family but show the negatives of their situation. Not every story has a hopeful ending but the truthfulness is courageous.
Much like the Chicken Soup for the Soul books of the `90's, Hooked is an excellent source of comfort for teens of today that need to know they are not alone. Well put together and executed right for its market, Hooked has been well worth the read.
Many thanks to the publisher Annick Press for the copy of the book, Chloe Shantz-Hilkes for doing a great editing job and to the authors that contributed powerful yet difficult stories. It takes a lot of guts to write about something so personal and painful.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review; Hooked was published on March 5th, 2013.