September 12, 2021

At Least I'm Not the Frog

At Least I'm Not the Frog

Title: At Least I'm Not the Frog
Author: Charlie Gray
Style: Memoir
Rating: 5/5

"It was a moment of profound grief. Anyone who hasn’t struggled with addiction may have a hard time grasping that concept, but I have a feeling you understand.”

I always struggle to do my review justice when I am reviewing a memoir. How can I possibly find the right words when someone is pouring their soul and life into their story.  I was reminded of a quote by Brene Brown as I read Charlie's book “Vulnerability is not weakness. I define vulnerability as emotional risk, exposure, uncertainty. It fuels our daily lives.” I feel a huge sense of gratitude for Charlie's vulnerability in telling his story.  For not allowing shame to win over. I found myself overcome with emotion while reading Charlie's story, rooting for him with each visit to rehab. This is a beautifully written story about the struggles with alcoholism and recovery.  I truly feel like anyone who reads this book will find it relatable in some way, whether it be fighting an addiction themselves or knowing someone struggling with addiction.  I didn't want this story to end and found myself wishing for more about Charlie's life in recovery.  I highly recommend it.

Charlie, if you are reading this.  I am cheering you on, that you can continue to live your life in recovery.  Thank you for your beautiful story.