I think it's imperative for anyone who has a alcoholic parent or grandparent to read this book. I did not grow up with an alcoholic parent, but my dad did (my grandfather). My dad is a wonderful man is so many ways, but I always wondered how his own dad's addictions affected him. My dad never talks about feelings and he's never said his dad's drinking affected him negatively. I truly believe my dad thinks he's fine. Since my dad doesn't recognize the pain his father's habits had on him, I decided to find out how he could have been affected myself. Turns out that, although my dad is a sweetie in his own ways, it's not easy to have a dad who never admits to hurt or weakness, and doesn't allow you to either. He's always tough and shows little affection. I believe this has hurt me. I wished I could hug my dad, hear "I love you", call him up to chat about my ups and downs, those kinds of things. But I can't because he gets awkward. After reading this book, I now see why my dad is the way he is. It has helped me understand things much better.