*trigger warning* Since today is Mental Health Monday, I thought I’d talk about a book concerning drug addiction: Lucy in the Sky by Anonymous. Drug addiction is a nation wide epidemic, and many teenagers today try one taste and think, “I won’t get addicted. What’s the harm in trying it?” The problem is, you just don’t know. Maybe it’s the first time, or the second, or the tenth. You just don’t know.
The author of this diary began journaling on her sixteenth birthday. She lived a good life, with a caring family and a relatively well off lifestyle. Then one party, one taste, and she was hooked. Social drinking and drugs became the norm for her, and she tried to convince herself that she was fine. Soon enough though, she had different friends, and was disregarding everything else in search of her next high.
My mom once asked me why I read these types of books. I read them because it’s important to see what could happen. There may be drug talk after drug talk given to us, but it’s different than actually seeing the diary of someone experiencing the addiction and watching the roller coaster unfold before your eyes. That was the biggest attraction for me, and again, the first person diary style was much more effective and powerful. I don’t really have much else to say, but my main pet peeve was the girl herself. It really bothered me how boy crazy and popularity focused she was. I feel like that’s what got her into this whole cycle in the first place, and it made me wonder if things would have gone differently had she not had this kind of mentality.
In conclusion, I think it’s important to read such books. While it may be heavy and even a bit depressing, these types of narratives and stories really are crucial and have a huge impact.