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This is a deeply personal story of a young woman’s journey through addiction; the loss of her child’s father through an overdose, her mother’s suicide and the tragic consequences that go with those choices. At fifteen Shelley was submerged into the seedy world of the red-light district of Honolulu. As the warm-up act for the strippers, she became a topless dancer only to d This is a deeply personal story of a young woman’s journey through addiction; the loss of her child’s father through an overdose, her mother’s suicide and the tragic consequences that go with those choices. At fifteen Shelley was submerged into the seedy world of the red-light district of Honolulu. As the warm-up act for the strippers, she became a topless dancer only to discover she was not emotionally prepared for the lewd attention. Pills and heroin helped her to cope with a lifestyle that was beyond her years. Heartbreaking at times, this memoir follows Shelley as she makes her way into the rooms of recovery and the pitfalls and successes that await. Powerful, moving, and inspirational.


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This is a deeply personal story of a young woman’s journey through addiction; the loss of her child’s father through an overdose, her mother’s suicide and the tragic consequences that go with those choices. At fifteen Shelley was submerged into the seedy world of the red-light district of Honolulu. As the warm-up act for the strippers, she became a topless dancer only to d This is a deeply personal story of a young woman’s journey through addiction; the loss of her child’s father through an overdose, her mother’s suicide and the tragic consequences that go with those choices. At fifteen Shelley was submerged into the seedy world of the red-light district of Honolulu. As the warm-up act for the strippers, she became a topless dancer only to discover she was not emotionally prepared for the lewd attention. Pills and heroin helped her to cope with a lifestyle that was beyond her years. Heartbreaking at times, this memoir follows Shelley as she makes her way into the rooms of recovery and the pitfalls and successes that await. Powerful, moving, and inspirational.

30 review for Damaged Goods a Memoir

  1. 5 out of 5

    Norma Nikutowski

    Shelley Louise shares her honest and revealing personal journey through addiction. It all started during childhood with her own mother’s addictions and mental health issues. Shelley tried to feel good about herself through love, relationships, sex, and drugs. This would lead her to dangerous and painful situations. She got clean and sober at around 30 but the true recovery would take a long time and a lot of work. There is very insightful advise toward the end of the book such as: “Embrace who y Shelley Louise shares her honest and revealing personal journey through addiction. It all started during childhood with her own mother’s addictions and mental health issues. Shelley tried to feel good about herself through love, relationships, sex, and drugs. This would lead her to dangerous and painful situations. She got clean and sober at around 30 but the true recovery would take a long time and a lot of work. There is very insightful advise toward the end of the book such as: “Embrace who you are and where you come from. Forgive those who hurt you along the way, it is the kindest thing you can do for yourself.”

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gwen Shapiro

    Author’s Life of Choas Reading this book was like one’s inability to look away from a terrible car wreck on the highway. We are roughly the same age with similar dysfunctional childhoods. Yet, the choices she made in choosing husbands and lovers was like a continuing self destructive addiction that replaced her addiction to heroin. It’s astonishing that she is still standing. Her portrait of herself and her lifestyle is painfully honest, though it must have been very difficult to be that open to Author’s Life of Choas Reading this book was like one’s inability to look away from a terrible car wreck on the highway. We are roughly the same age with similar dysfunctional childhoods. Yet, the choices she made in choosing husbands and lovers was like a continuing self destructive addiction that replaced her addiction to heroin. It’s astonishing that she is still standing. Her portrait of herself and her lifestyle is painfully honest, though it must have been very difficult to be that open to lay bare all the poor choices you made and then make again and again. One good takeaway from this book was to think of the people that have come into and gone out of your life and release that relationship with love.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth Brookshire

    What an intriguing book This is an "addiction" memoir but atypically, the author became sober and stayed that way starting at a fairly young age. However, she still had to deal with all the emotional baggage and a serious physical issue caused by her drug use. Her childhood was abusive in my opinion with no one there to protect her basic interests. The book is fascinating, never dull with great color pictures. I highly recommend it. What an intriguing book This is an "addiction" memoir but atypically, the author became sober and stayed that way starting at a fairly young age. However, she still had to deal with all the emotional baggage and a serious physical issue caused by her drug use. Her childhood was abusive in my opinion with no one there to protect her basic interests. The book is fascinating, never dull with great color pictures. I highly recommend it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cemil Alisbah

    Worth your time! Really fascinating. A person who stayed sober throughout many trials and tribulations. The author is not self righteous and acknowledges a number of mistakes. She had a difficult life but did not give up. I have been inspired. A good read for sure!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nichole M

    Absolutely must read I cant even describe how I felt reading this so many emotions couldn't even put down. The strength an courage to overcome the addiction .. thanks for sharing your story Absolutely must read I cant even describe how I felt reading this so many emotions couldn't even put down. The strength an courage to overcome the addiction .. thanks for sharing your story

  6. 5 out of 5

    Markie

    So proud of you Great story I am proud of you and thank you for sharing your life and recovery. We can do all things through Christ that strengthens us.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tonja Miller

    Worth the read! If you are an addict or not this book is a resource for anyone! It's also a great story,thank you for sharing! Worth the read! If you are an addict or not this book is a resource for anyone! It's also a great story,thank you for sharing!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Melinda Richard

    This book is so honest and real. Nothing is sugar coated!! I'm glad I read it and recommend this book! This book is so honest and real. Nothing is sugar coated!! I'm glad I read it and recommend this book!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Cortney Michael Elayne Bow

    Inspiring! As a recovering addict myself I found this book extremely useful and inspiring. Her story is wild but educational as to what happens or can happen in an addicts life.

  10. 4 out of 5

    vicky anderson

    Very sad One can overcome addiction if they try hard enough. Put more work on yourself before trying to fix someone else.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mj Maday

    Poorly written courageous story While I salute anyone with the courage to write a book, it was cringeworthily written. It would have benefited from some editing, however that may have taken away from the authenticity of it being written in the authors ‘voice’ so who knows... Her story shows that even if someone isn’t actively using drugs or alcohol there still can be other unhealthy patterns and decision making they engage in. Drugs, alcohol, attention, money, can all be used to fill us when we f Poorly written courageous story While I salute anyone with the courage to write a book, it was cringeworthily written. It would have benefited from some editing, however that may have taken away from the authenticity of it being written in the authors ‘voice’ so who knows... Her story shows that even if someone isn’t actively using drugs or alcohol there still can be other unhealthy patterns and decision making they engage in. Drugs, alcohol, attention, money, can all be used to fill us when we feel lonely, incompletely, sad, alone etc. Good for her for her involvement with NA. After all her bad decision making it seems like she found a way to help others and be a contributing member of society. She certainly experienced her fair share of pain so I hope she’s able to experience happiness and joy in these later years of her life. ♥️

  12. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Interesting story but self indulgent The author's early years are horrific and it's understandable why she did many of the things she did as a young person. That being said, I completely lost patience with her escapades as a more mature adult. Her narcissism is woven throughout repeatedly. Her story serves as a great warning to others and may be beneficial to someone struggling with addiction. Interesting story but self indulgent The author's early years are horrific and it's understandable why she did many of the things she did as a young person. That being said, I completely lost patience with her escapades as a more mature adult. Her narcissism is woven throughout repeatedly. Her story serves as a great warning to others and may be beneficial to someone struggling with addiction.

  13. 4 out of 5

    T. Rose

    Hard to put this book down. The life story about one addict's view of a lifestyle most of us know little about. I come away from reading this book with an admiration for the author having survived and overcome a great many challenges. She is a wise woman humbled through pain and suffering, yet willing to share her story in hopes of enlightening all of us who will read her story. Lessons learned. Thank you, Shelley, for sharing! Hard to put this book down. The life story about one addict's view of a lifestyle most of us know little about. I come away from reading this book with an admiration for the author having survived and overcome a great many challenges. She is a wise woman humbled through pain and suffering, yet willing to share her story in hopes of enlightening all of us who will read her story. Lessons learned. Thank you, Shelley, for sharing!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    This story touched my heart. It rang so true that I was relieved to see that she survived and finally got the opportunity to understand life's blessings. An excellent read which opened my eyes to gain a different perspective on ljfe once again. Thank you for sharing your story. This story touched my heart. It rang so true that I was relieved to see that she survived and finally got the opportunity to understand life's blessings. An excellent read which opened my eyes to gain a different perspective on ljfe once again. Thank you for sharing your story.

  15. 4 out of 5

    blondie

    Did not care for it I read this book and to be honest I did not relate to Shelley at all. I've never been an addict. Thank God! Her foul mouth was atrocious. Maybe this book made her feel better about herself, I have no idea. Sorry Shelley I just plain don't like anything about you. Did not care for it I read this book and to be honest I did not relate to Shelley at all. I've never been an addict. Thank God! Her foul mouth was atrocious. Maybe this book made her feel better about herself, I have no idea. Sorry Shelley I just plain don't like anything about you.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brittany Demattio

    Thoroughly Enjoyed This Book Only gave 4 star because the beginning was extremely hard to follow at first. This is a great story about someone’s journey - all of the highs and lows. I loved reading about her strength, recovery, and her new outlook on life. So glad for her that she is thriving now.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sandra K. Rodriguez

    Great read If you have difficulties with addiction, you need to read this book. It is well written and a pretty quick read. Shelley had a disastrous life but she managed, with a lot of work, to become a beautiful woman with a beautiful soul. She is quite a role model!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    Heavy I respect the author for telling her story and not holding back. It's kind of hard to like her, but she's not looking for people to like her. Lots of insight into the mind of an addict and a non-maternal mother. Feel like it needed better insight and editing. Heavy I respect the author for telling her story and not holding back. It's kind of hard to like her, but she's not looking for people to like her. Lots of insight into the mind of an addict and a non-maternal mother. Feel like it needed better insight and editing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tanya Bissell

    Heartfelt and real. Appreciative of the author's acceptance and responsibility of all her actions through to the end. Heartfelt. Honest. Triumphant. Easy to read. Heartfelt and real. Appreciative of the author's acceptance and responsibility of all her actions through to the end. Heartfelt. Honest. Triumphant. Easy to read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Bree love

    This book was amazing! Her story is a hard one but I love a happy ending ♥️

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mauri Baumann

    The book was hard to follow I generally like books that go back and forth with time periods....but this was very convoluted.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Huntress

    Good Very detailed and much of it I was on the edge of my bar stool. If they're is even that much room. Good Very detailed and much of it I was on the edge of my bar stool. If they're is even that much room.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Florencia LaChance

    Moving

  24. 5 out of 5

    Collette Baker

    I liked it. But it just didn't hold my attention, so I found I took much longer to read it. Interesting story though, just not captivating enough. I re-read books so I probably won't re-read this. I liked it. But it just didn't hold my attention, so I found I took much longer to read it. Interesting story though, just not captivating enough. I re-read books so I probably won't re-read this.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kris

  26. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth Jensen

  27. 5 out of 5

    AnneMarie Mann

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Watson

  29. 4 out of 5

    Val

  30. 5 out of 5

    Debra B. Welch

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