I'm going to go against the grain here, and say that Iced - for me - only deserved 3 stars. The book itself was well written in a style, and with a creative use of language, which (as a working copywriter) I really enjoyed. However, overall I felt the book lacked any direction; a story, if you will.
You could argue a lack of direction is a perfect reflection of anyone who is on crack, but for me it just made for a boring read. I found myself willing the book to end from about the half way point, and not even Ray Shell's excellent writing style, or colourful and creative use of language could hold my interest.
If you want a much better read and insight into what it's like to be a drug addict (not that I know), I suggest you read a book called "H.": Autobiography of a Child Prostitute and Heroin Addict: "H.": Autobiography of a Child Prostitute and Heroin Addict
... it's much, much better and what's more it's a true story. You can read about it in my reviews section, as I've written my thoughts down on that on here too.
I can see why people like this book so much, and it was given to me to read by my best friend - he described it as his favourite book of all time, and has read and reread it on numerous occasions - but for me I was left distinctly underwelmed. It started off well, but lost it's way, only to sparkle again on its very last few pages, with not so much of a twist - but a satisfactorily tragic end.
Buy it, read it for yourself - I'm can't advise against it - in the end I think it'll come down to personal taste. But before you buy it, do check out my review of "H.": Autobiography of a Child Prostitute and Heroin Addict, which is in my opinion - although a distinctly different genre (in some ways), is a far superior book.
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