Thursday, July 5, 2012

Review of Dazed


From the beginning of Nikki Palomino's Dazed I knew I was in for an intense ride. The pain and haze that living on the streets had enveloped Eric in was evident through the writing. Palomino has a very raw style of writing that gets the point across. Anyone who has been or has known an addict knows they see the world differently than everyone else. The protagonist is dealing with a crippling addiction and the fact that he is homosexual in a world that doesn't accept it.


The writing sucks you in and you really feel like you are looking through the eyes of a brilliant lyricist who has lost his way. I enjoyed the way lyrics were circulated in his head through different events in his life. There is a fair amount of drug use, withdrawal, swearing, and sex. To say it is not for the faint of heart is an understatement, but to stay true to the junkie's story it is all necessary.


Palomino paints a picture of grunge rock at its prime where heavy drug use was the norm. I recommend this book for someone looking for something to move them, shock them, and make them look at life in a different way. Well done Nikki!


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