My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The only thing I have in common with Simon Eli Vella is introversion. Despite that fact, Vella is an incredibly relatable person and his memoir is painfully beautiful.
Recounting his awkward childhood, Vella discusses the dangers of letting the voice in your head get the better of you. As an extremely imaginative child myself, I totally understand the constant background chatter. I can also vouch for the fact that the voice is often really, really mean. Vella also teaches the reader how to be really cool in high school, though being cool comes at the price of ethics. Finally, the reader meets adult Vella who still struggles with the voice in his head and well, being an adult.
It’s a story of finding oneself through the darkness that is addiction. This book is not for the faint of heart. It’s more than a little graphic. There is gratuitous…everything. It’s totally worth it however. Vella writes from the heart and he’s good at it.
I was given an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.