Title: My Name is Erin, and my Mom’s an Addict
Author: Amy Voltaire
Narrator: Jillian Yetter
Raised by her grandparents when her mother chooses drugs over her daughter, Erin knows she isn’t like other kids. Then, her world is shaken a second time by her mother’s reappearance.
Being a teenager is never easy, but just when Erin thinks she has her life on track, her mother shows up and warms her way back into Erin’s life. Can an addict really ever kick the addiction? How many lives will drugs destroy?
At five years old, Erin was given a bitter dose of reality when her mother disappeared, leaving her to fend for herself. Luckily, her father’s grandparents stepped in to take her in. Coming to terms with what her mother did hasn’t been easy. Neither has understanding her reason for leaving. Erin doesn’t quite get why her drug-addicted mother made the choices she did, but as she grows up and finds her place in the world, she finds herself trying to find answers and make herself a better person in the process.
This is a book that will definitely send you on a rollercoaster of laughs, ugly cries, and suspense. I really liked Erin, and I found that her character was relatable. She had a lot of faults, but I loved that throughout the story, she realized those faults and devouted time to working on them, trying to be the best version of herself that she could be. Her flipflopping emotions about her mother were also very realistic to me.
Another aspect I enjoyed was the relationships between the characters. This felt like it was written about real people. I especially enjoyed the joking interactions between Erin and Grace. None of the characters in this story are exactly perfect, but I loved the way it showed that everyone has their strengths and their faults.
A fantastic literary journey.
Also, narration was fantastic for the part.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.