This is a weekly meme hosted by Wandering Words, where you give the first few lines of a book to hook your readers before introducing the book.
Here are my first lines:
My childhood was full of ghosts.
No, I am not confessing, “I see dead people;” I did not spend my free time communicating with nebulous apparitions of the dearly departed.
But, my city, my family, my schools all felt like they were haunted; unable to move forward because they were so transfixed on what they had lost; their gazes were locked upon the past.
An interesting start…
And the book is…Shitfaced: Musings of a Former Drunk by Seamus Kirst.
In Shitfaced: Musings of a Former Drunk, Seamus Kirst explores the milestones of self-destruction that marked his coming of age. At 13, he went to the ER for swallowing a bottle of pills. By 16, he was already a veteran of several in- and out-patient rehab programs for alcohol. As he walked across the stage at his high school graduation – just after delivering his valedictorian address – he had already been hospitalized three times for alcohol poisoning. The situation only accelerated at Brown University, where he abused a plethora of drugs, from Xanax to cocaine, while his alcohol abuse intensified.
Most terrifying was his attitude toward his own dissolution, his rationalization of behaviors that brought him ever closer to death.
In that sense, Shitfaced, is not just a memoir, but a dehortation for those who find themselves in the same place; Kirst goes back to find a self that he barely survived.
A stunning and terrifying factoid pulled from Rehabspot about teenage alcoholism: “Teenage alcoholism is a tragically common problem that results in thousands of deaths every year. Even those teens who are not yet addicted to alcohol are more likely to develop alcohol use disorders later in life if they start drinking at younger ages.”
I had many classmates who drank alcohol in high school so this book really grabbed me be the title.