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Klonopin Lunch: A Memoir    by Jessica Dorfman Jones order for
Klonopin Lunch
by Jessica Dorfman Jones
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Broadway, 2013 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Anita Lock

We humans are interesting creatures. When everything in our lives is going well, we go through our daily routines without much interruption. But when problems or the doldrums creep in, we have a tendency to search for something better. Unfortunately, at times our vision becomes shortsighted and something better lures us to the supposed greener grass on the other side of the fence, leaving us awestruck and breathless until we realize that this new experience is not all that it is cracked up to be.

Jessica Dorfman Jones takes readers back to a time in her life when she hit those doldrums and made a decision to fix that: a decision that altered her life completely. Well-educated (including a law degree) with a high paying job, married and living comfortably, she seemed to have it made. But there was a massive emotional hole developing one that she desperately wanted to fill. Her choice took her way left of the spectrum to a slow but steady downward codependent spiral of sex, drugs, and rock n' roll.

Jones' candour is transparent and her choice of words raw and at times visceral, as she describes exhilarating experiences that were tainted with unexpected backlashes. Do not be taken aback by the darker parts of her story as she's grappling with her surreal, but nonetheless, dual identity, because she adequately balances it with hilariously dumb and humbling moments that come with being human.

Klonopin Lunch is more than a memoir. It is a story of one woman's journey in search of her true identity. There are many lessons learned, which Jones explicitly shares in the hopes of helping another understand the truth about luring and so-called glamorous lifestyle options. So aptly put, Jones states that 'everything I did was a choice for which I had to claim responsibility, and I couldn't control everything.'

For those readers who are in a rut and need to hear another's perspective, this book is for you. And those whose life experiences have taken them through hell and back will appreciate this book from beginning to end. Because of the nature of this book, it is definitely for mature adults, eighteen and over.

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