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Just Say NO to these books

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Arra, Lakewood Library

It is a sad fact that illegal drugs are readily available in our society.  Here are some books that look at this controversial issue:

Tweak by Nic Sheff: Nic details his immersion in a world of hardcore drugs, revealing the mental and physical depths of addiction, and the violent relapse one summer in California that forever changed his life, leading him down the road to recovery.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins: Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble. But on a trip to visit her absentee father, Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place. Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.

Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley: Cullen's summer in Lily, Arkansas, is marked by his cousin's death by overdose, an alleged spotting of a woodpecker thought to be extinct, failed romances, and his younger brother's sudden disappearance.

How I Made it to Eighteen by Tracy White: After putting her fist through the glass, Stacy checks into a mental hospital. She hates it there but she slowly realizes she has to face the reasons for her depression to stop from self-destructing. Based on the author's experiences, How I Made it to Eighteen is a frank portrait of what it's like to struggle with self-esteem, body image issues, drug addiction, and anxiety.

Out of Reach by Carrie Arcos: Accompanied by her brother's friend, Tyler, sixteen-year-old Rachel ventures through San Diego and nearby areas seeking her brother, eighteen-year-old Micah, a methamphetamine addict who ran away from home.

Hole in my Life by Jack Gantos: Gantos relates how, as a young adult, he experimented with drugs and smuggling. He was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.