With or Without You by Domenica Ruta
“I will not become my mother.”
These were famous last words from Domenica (Nikki) Ruta. It was touch and go for a while.
Nikki’s mom, Kathi, was a drug addict who wanted her daughter to have more than she did. This book is not only about Nikki’s fight to try and find a “normal” life, but it is also a story of Kathi who truly loves her daughter and will fight tooth and nail to find the money to put her daughter in a private school and then on to college.
Your emotions are all over the place with this story. One minute you are laughing, the next you are crying and then you are angry. The ups and downs of Nikki’s life are like a roller coaster and when she finally realizes she needs to change or die, you breathe a sigh of relief. This is a remarkable memoir that you won’t want to put down.
Thank you to Ms. Ruta, Random House Publishing Group, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book.