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Patty's story : get real! : straight talk about drugs
Berger, Gilda.
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Brookfield, Conn. : Millbrook Press, [1991]

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63 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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HV5805.P3 B4 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Gr 7 Up-- At 25, Patty seems determined to make something of her life. Her traumatic past includes a stern foster home upbringing where she received the material benefits of a suburban middle-class environment but was sexually abused, a rape that resulted in pregnancy, a jail stint for petty thievery, the loss of custody of her two children, and years of alcohol and drug addiction. Berger met Patty while volunteering at a homeless shelter. Impressed by Patty's positive outlook, intelligence, and desire to deter others from her mistakes, she lets Patty speak for herself. This true account is earnest, moving, straightforward, easy to read, and pulls no punches. That addiction is not restricted to any one age, race, or class grouping is clearly communicated. Factors of low self-esteem, feelings of being unloved and not belonging are evident in Patty's history. There is no glossing over the reality that the struggle toward recovery and self-sufficiency may be a long one with occasional reverses, but for Patty, as well as for others, there is hope. Unlike the text, which has an engaging naturalness despite its grim subject, the black-and-white photos, obviously of a model, are somewhat posed. A highly instructive book that will be readily accessible to many readers. --Libby K. White, Schenectady County Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.