Publisher and Publication Date: Harmony. June 18, 2019.
Genre: Nonfiction. Memoir.
Source: Self-purchase. Kindle edition.
Audience: Readers who are curious about the lifestyle of a drug addict. Fans of Juggling the Jenkins/Tiffany Jenkins.
Tiffany Jenkins has a large following through Facebook (over 3 million) and her blog. She’s been able to create a large audience of fans through her blog and book.
High Achiever begins with Jenkins being processed in jail. Later in the story all the steps that led up to the arrest and jail time is described. She was in jail 120 days and spent several months in a rehab treatment center. The last couple of chapters is life post recovery. Jenkins is the narrator, and this means she shares the thoughts behind the events. The tone of the story is light-hearted and sarcastic.
I’m glad Jenkins has been clean and sober for several years. I’m glad she has found a voice and platform to help others. I’m glad she has a successful business. But for me this book didn’t work. For some readers, they will like the light-hearted and sarcastic telling of the story. I don’t. It made it difficult for me to become invested in the story. I only felt a deep sadness.
I’m married to a man who at one time sold and used illegal drugs. I’m connected to other family members and friends who’ve lived this lifestyle. I don’t have positive memories of any of that.
What Jenkins helped me understand is the level of depravation a person will go to in order to get drugs. Things they’d never do before will now be done. The warped mind, because of drugs, doesn’t think logically or morally. The only need is to get high. In addition, people in Jenkins life used her need for drugs against her. All those in the drug abuser’s life are circling around each other (reminds me of vultures) each of them wanting something from the other.
It’s amazing Jenkins has told her painful story. I consider her brave. But the story still didn’t work for me.
I’ve read several reviews about the book, mainly on Goodreads. There have been reviewers who don’t understand the choices she made. Her brain was on drugs. How could she make solid, logical, moral choices?
What I’d like to know more about or what I wish the book had stated.
♦How did she become involved in drugs?
♦What was her childhood like?
♦What kind of relationship did she have with her parents?
♦When did her mother die and were they close?
♦I’d like to read more information about the treatment itself in a rehab center.