Everything I Never Wanted to Be
|Author: Dina Kucera|
Publisher: Dream of Things
Sales Rank: 44,400
Format: Kindle eBook
Language: English (Published)
Media: Kindle Edition
Publication Date: March 18, 2011
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Imagine a "Leave it to Beaver" in which June works as a grocery store clerk by day, a stand-up comic at night, and struggles to stay sober all the time. In addition, Ward likes to get high, Wally is gay, and Beaver is a heroin addict. That's Dina Kucera's life.
Called "the funniest book ever about addiction," Everything I Never Wanted to Be by Dina Kucera is the true story of a family's battle with alcohol and drugs. Dina's grandparents were alcoholics, her father was an alcoholic, she is an alcoholic and pill addict, and all three of her daughters struggle with alcohol and drug addiction--including her youngest daughter, who started using heroin at age fourteen.
Dina's household also includes her husband and his unemployed identical twin; a mother who has Parkinson's Disease; a grandson who has cerebral palsy; and other people who drift in and out of the household depending on their employment situation or rehab status.
On top of all that, Dina is trying to make it as a stand-up comic and author so she can quit her crummy job as a grocery store clerk. Through it all, Dina does her best to hold her family together, keep her faith, and maintain her sense of humor.
Any story filled with alcoholics and drug addicts is bound to include horrific events. But in the end, Everything I Never Wanted to Be is an uplifting story that contains valuable lessons for parents and teens alike, and a strong message about the need to address the epidemic of teen drug addiction in our nation. It's a book that can change behavior and save lives--and make you laugh along the way.
"Like a maelstrom." ForeWord Review
"How come people who have experienced such trauma write so well? Everything I Never Wanted to Be is so raw and funny that it almost makes me want to have horrible things happen to me so my writing will improve. Until I can orchestrate that, I can enjoy reading about Dina Kucera's horrible life." Joel Stein, Time Magazine columnist
"What makes this memoir so special? As with fiction, it's all about voice: the fairy dust that brings words to life, gives them a heartbeat. Dina has a voice many authors would cheerfully give a limb for. Everything I Never Wanted to Be will tie your heart in knots, it will have you howling in frustration and it will make you laugh out loud. I strongly urge everyone to read Dina's story." Jenny Mounfield, The Compulsive Reader
"A brutally open and honest look into the heart of a family beset by drug and alcohol abuse. Dina Kucera's heart, soul, and humor shine forth from the book's pages and will make a lasting impression." Charline Ratcliff, Rebecca's Reads
"Dina's voice is so powerful, clear, and natural that I felt she was talking directly to me. Her story made me cry, wince, laugh, and shake my head in disbelief. A must-read for parents and teenagers." Madeline Sharples, Leaving the Hall Light On
"I started reading this book and couldn't put it down. It deserves the attention of reviewers and the media. I can see it becoming a hilarious movie in the vein of 'The Hangover' or the original 'Death at a Funeral.'" Mark Shelmerdine, CEO, Jeffers Press
"This book will appeal to people who have suffered from a family member who is hooked on drugs or to a drug-dependent person who has compassion for the hardships caused by his addiction. It is an uplifting story that shows a brighter side is coming." RehabAlert.com, Top 50 Drug Rehab Books
"In this day of whiny chick lit, this book is a breath of fresh air. It is a lesson in accepting and appreciating what life throws at you." Valorie Hart, visualvamp.blogspot.com
3.9 Stars on 430 Reviews on Goodreads.
If you want the inside story when it comes to life on the edge -- and if you want to laugh out loud in spite of yourself -- read this book.
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