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"What was I supposed to do -- change?"
on 25 May 2012
Mackenzie Phillips' memoir is intense and disturbing. It's also bizarre, disgusting, and infinitely fascinating. She wrote it in 2009, after a news-making drug arrest and recovery, the latest in a long line of highs and lows that began when she took her first hard drugs at the age of twelve.
This book is very well-written; I didn't skip a single word, it was so interesting (as well as appalling). Born to an exceedingly bad father, experiencing fame in show business at a young age, and spending decades wrestling with the despair of drug abuse, Mackenzie tells about it all in detail, no holds barred. The book is exhausting to read and a very surprisingly look behind the red carpet. The main focus of her life has always been her complicated relationship with her father; because of his complete lack of parenting skills and total selfishness, it's amazing that Mackenzie is still alive, let alone as happy and hopeful as she is.
This is a shocking book, recommended for her fans and anyone affected by drug abuse.