Usually I don’t do lengthy book reviews but for MANY reasons I have to over-review Sober Stick Figure by Amber Tozer.
Let’s start with the book hook – stick figures! Stick figures RULE! If you have been following my blog, you may recall that in my letter to ALCOHOL, I drew my signature stick figure Jen. I signed this blog with it as a tribute to the author – (yes, it is a vampire and I started drawing it like forever ago before Twilight so don’t even go there with me on my love for all things Vampire – I was a Buffy generation)
I am going to go right out and say that the stick figures really enhance the story about Amber’s life into alcoholism and it’s duration.They are just really, really fun. They also, for me as the reader tapped into some inner child of viewing the story. I can read the story with all of the seriousness of an adult but when I saw those stick figures I really can feel how Amber might have felt relating to her life from a small person to a big person. It is almost shifting the reader’s view into that of an ‘inner child.’ See how I did that? Analysis paralysis. Just read the book and look at the pictures, they are cool.
Now let’s talk a little bit about the author. She and I have VERY similar stories and not just in the alcoholic sense; but the life journey. It was frightening for me to read about her journey to New York City. I won’t put on any spoilers but we could have been ROOMMATES! Scary, alcoholic, drunken roommates. Even though I didn’t have the same career path or experiences moving to the BIG city, our alcoholic experiences could have written themselves. The solo bar hopping, the seeking out of others in our careers (mine was small music venues in the East Village, hers was small comedy venues) and just the sense of independence and justification that this is where it was at. Much like her, geographical cure ended that part of the journey but the similarities were mega scary. The boyfriends, the challenges and the tries. The thing I love about her is “the tries.” Despite the alcohol and everything the disease comes with (read the book) – she kept TRYING without fear to establish herself in comedy. I cannot think of something more intimidating than that.
Overall, I highly recommend this book to those seeking to understand more about the patterns, the cycles and similarities we all share in the progressiveness of alcoholism. It might not be YOUR story but as in the “halls” something might resonate as it did with me. The BEST part? The way it ends. Read the book.