Tuesday, March 9, 2010

(40) Happy by Alex Lemon

Alex Lemon is your typical college kid. His friends call him Happy his enemies call him varying degrees of expletives. He plays baseball hard, he parties hard, and occasionally he studies. He attributes his dizziness and vision problems to his hard partying ways. Until he actually sees a doctor and discovers that he had a brain hemorrhage. No matter how hard he tries to drown his sorrows in alcohol and drugs his health problems don't go away. Eventually he has to make the grown up decision to take care of his body.

Happy is a real life honest memoir about a hard partying college kid. It could almost be comparable to A Million Little Pieces, except it is real. And not quite so graphic. Alex Lemon is just a kid who comes face to face with his own mortality at the tender age of nineteen.

The book is well written and fluid. This memoir almost reads like a novel. Full of coming of age angst and even a little bit of fear. Given the fact that the author is telling his story, you know there is a happy ending, but at what cost?


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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