Tuesday, January 3, 2023

Book Review : Drinking Games by Sarah Levy


Drinking Games explores the role alcohol has in our formative adult lives, and what it means to opt-out of a culture completely enmeshed in drinking. Sarah explores what our short-term choices about alcohol do to our long-term selves and how it challenges our ability to be vulnerable enough to discover what we really want in life. While many millennial women will see themselves in Sarah's words and story, Drinking Games is dedicated to anyone who feels like their private struggles are terminally unique. Whether it’s alcohol, food, exercise, or work, so many of us are grasping for control and struggling to keep our heads above water.

Candid, dynamic, Drinking Games speaks to the millennial experience of working hard, playing harder, and wanting everything to look perfect on social media. Dedicated to those who might be questioning their relationship with alcohol but scared that quitting drinking is an ending, Drinking Games illustrates how, for one woman, sobriety was just the beginning of the story. Sarah's words strike the perfect chord of relatability and biting honesty. Instead of claiming to have the answers, she takes readers by the hand throughout her journey and shows us that life's messiest moments are the ones that can end up being the most profound.


Author Sarah Levy shares her struggles with alcohol abuse in her new memoir Drinking Games. She gives readers an honest look at her navigation from being a person who abuses alcohol to becoming sober, and how it is absolutely, despite what many people think, possible to have fun without a drink in your life.

Her stories are relatable to anyone who has also struggled through becoming clean and also to those who may have just overindulged at times, or if the reader has known someone also going through the process of cleaning up. But the book is not all despair, she writes with humor, which I think we all need when we are struggling through something.

I found Drinking Games to be a heartfelt story of a young woman who not only struggled with drinking but also other things like body image issues, and you know, real things. I applaud Sarah Levy for both overcoming her drinking with dignity but also being brave enough to share the struggle with the world.

***Thank you to Macmillian Audio for the advance listen

Drinking Games was published today January 3rd, 2023

Monday, January 2, 2023

Book Review: No Accident by Laura Bates


No matter how you try to hide it, the truth will always come out . . .

When a small plane crash ends with a group of seven teens washed up on a deserted island, their first thought is survival. With supplies dwindling and the fear of being stranded forever becoming more of a reality, they quickly discover that being the most popular kid in high school doesn't help when you're fighting to stay alive.

And when strange and terrifying accidents start to occur all around them, the group realizes that they are being targeted by someone who was on the plane and that the island isn't their only danger. A terrible secret from a party the night before the flight has followed them ashore--and it's clear that someone is looking for justice. Now survival depends on facing the truth about that party: who was hurt that night, and who let it happen?


I had visions of Lord Of The Flies when I read the summary that seven teenagers were stranded on an island after a plane crash, but let's face it, nothing can quite compare to that book.

The first part of the book focuses on their will to survive, but it soon turns into a mystery as accidents begin to happen and a mystery unfolds.

The story is told to us by Haley, who is more of a storyteller slash observer than an actual character in the events of the story.

The story has a big build-up throughout most of the first half. This helps propel you through the pages and makes the book a very quick read. You feel the anticipation of something coming, however, even with all the build-up I found the ending to be a bit rushed and would have liked it to play out a bit more.

I had mixed feelings about the book, I felt it was very predictable and the characters were all a bit cliche. There were several triggering aspects to the story, such as rape and toxic male behavior, so if you are bothered by that kind of thing, use caution while reading. I do think the author used the book as a platform for getting a point across about several important issues, and at times I felt preached at, but for the most part, I think she did a good job. 

I won't lie, I read this quickly, and there were parts I enjoyed and parts I just forced my way through, but all in all, it was pretty good.