Author: Sarah Hepola
Publication Date: June 23, 2015
Pages: 231 (Kindle)
My Rating: 9/10
Overview: "The blackouts were horrible. It was hideous to let those nights slide into a crack in the ground. But even scarier was to take responsibility for the mess I'd made. Even scarier was to remember your own life.”
Blackout is a remarkable story about taking responsibility for your actions, even if you don't remember what happened.
What I loved: Ever since I was old enough to understand and comprehend addiction, I've been completely enthralled, and maybe even a little obsessed with survivors' stories. I'm constantly drawn to works of fiction and memoirs about addiction like a magnet. So, it's no wonder I picked up Blackout and ended up loving it.
Sarah Hepola is brutally honest about her addiction and recounts the good, the bad, and a lot of the ugly. She is incredibly detailed and shares her journey from her first sip to her very last.
Not only is Sarah very brave in writing about her story, she's also extremely relatable. We've all been that person, or known that person, who wants to be the life of the party.... the person who wants to be admired and loved. I mean, who hasn't had a few drinks when they've wanted to unwind or stave off unwanted nerves in a social setting. However, Sarah's story grew from being "that person" to the person who took it too far and nearly ruined her life.
Her story goes beyond addiction, though, as she recounts the strength it took to seek help and shatter her dependency on booze. She may have blacked out more than she could ever attempt to recall, but what truly matters, is how she took responsibility for her life and can now cherish and remember every memory she makes.
What I didn't: I loved this book so much, I wish it was a little longer. Also, I thought it would have been an added bonus if there had been small excerpts from friends or family about Sarah.