Hammered by GN Braun
You know when you watch a movie or read a book and it stays with you, like the Titanic, or Once Were Warriors? Well for me, Hammered is going to be one of those books. To the tune of Candy (a movie I’ll never forget) with a male protagonist who happens to be sharing his true story, Hammered is revealing, raw, and filled with the stuffing of a mother’s nightmare.
It begins with Joe’s trip into childhood, the early abuse, and how drugs saved him. Isn’t it always the way? Drugs and alcohol help push the pain deep down, so what’s left on the surface is a human being who can function rather than fall apart, live rather than die – for now.
What I love about Hammered is not just the grit, or the heartache, but the honesty. GN Braun doesn’t hold back; he tells it all, the theft, the lies, everything. And that’s just the story line.
Braun’s writing is another thing. It’s to the point, visual, and extremely well-edited. Kudos to LegumeMan Books.
Kids get passed Go Ask Alice when they hit around 12 – I was one of them. I’d consider Hammered instead, as long as you don’t mind some serious Ps and Qs. It covers all the drugs, it’s a real account, and it leaves enough to the imagination, rather than delving into the dank and dirty (think Trainspotting) that will scar them for life.
Thanks to GN Braun for putting it out there. Hammered is a very highly recommended read for all Aussies.