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Monday, December 10, 2012

Love You Like Suicide by Jo Treggiari

Love You Like Suicide 
by Jo Treggiari
Fierce Ink Press Co-Op
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Description: Set against the backdrop of the 1980s California punk scene, Love You Like Suicide explores the dark side of growing up. Author Jo Treggiari writes frankly about a period in her youth when she was addicted to drugs and living in a derelict neighbourhood.

After a near-fatal accident, Jo is determined to clean up and start a fresh, new life. But there's one thing she can't leave behind: a tender friendship, on the brink of being lost forever.

Love You Like Suicide is a gritty, true account of an adolescent who struggles against the odds to make a better life for herself

The Good Stuff
  • Heartbreaking, raw and honest
  • Takes courage to write about such a dark period 
  • Not a word wasted, story is quick and to the point - a slice of life type story which are always intriguing
  • Gifted writer - has a unique writing style that may not appeal to all, but it is fresh and real
  • Author is Canadian - Yeah I know but I am Canadian and its important to me
  • Gives you insight into someone fighting an addiction and wanting something better for themselves
  • Love the opening paragraph, it hooked me in right away
  • Some of the proceeds from the sale go to charity - makes a do gooder like me happy

The Not So Good Stuff
  • Won't lie, not much of a short story lover, as I think I always just want more, so I always get frustrated when it just ends (It's not you Jo - it's me)
  • Hard to read stories about a world I have no understanding of - it is very dark
Favorite Quote

"How should I write this?
In third person so it becomes just a story?
In second so that you can pretend you were there too?
In first, so that I can drown in a tidal wave of sorrow, sink under the weight of it, remember what it feels like to be utterly lost?
First person it is."


Who Should/Shouldn't Read
  • Perfect for those looking for something dark and gritty and honest
  • Not for those looking for a fast paced or light story -- this has heart

3.75 Dewey's

I was sent an ecopy for an honest review from Fierce Ink Press

2 comments:

  1. This actually sounds similar to a book I'm working on. Mine takes place in the late 90's though and in small towns in SD and WY. I'm sure it's WAY different but you know- kind of similar. This sounds very good and incredibly powerful and one I would completely 'get' and click with. Thanks for bringing it to my attention!

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  2. Good luck Candace!! How is the book goingÉ

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