It’s definitely an interesting title. It gets straight to the point, which I like! This story is about a guy who suffers from a porn addiction. Yep, you might be sitting there reading this thinking ‘what? You can get addicted to porn?’ Guess what? You can get addicted to pretty much anything! No matter the addiction, it can have an impact on your life. So, to those out there who don’t think it’s possible, maybe you should pick this book up!
The author, Mr Socially Awkward, asked me to read this book. As I have said previously, I’ll give most books a try and provide an honest review on what I thought. Firstly, although this story is written to inform and help people in a similar situation, I’d recommend kids not reading this. Secondly, it is very short but it does get straight to the point, which I think is important for a book like this one. Thirdly, although the writing could be refined and tidied up, I must admit I did enjoy reading this story! It’s insightful, authentic and really provides an honest picture of the author.
The story covers different events in the author’s life that show how his addiction came to be, how he discovered it and so on. He admits to the impact it can have on people and he provides a very honest outlook towards what happened in his life. He also gives his own advice to anyone who is struggling with the same addiction. It’s a different kind of a story, one which people might see and err away from. However, I think it’s important for stories like this to be out there. Not only is it good for the person who writes the story but it provides some peace of mind to others out there who might be too afraid to admit they have an addiction.
I’ve noticed quite a few stories out there that cover similar themes and struggles. There are plenty of movies, TV shows, books and other storytelling mediums that cover addictions. However, there has definitely been an uptake in storytelling about the more unusual or taboo. Watching porn and spending some time to yourself (if you catch my drift) are not things a lot of people are comfortable talking about or sharing. Fair enough! It’s been seen as taboo for a long time and sexual freedom is only a very recent thing.
So, for a story like this that is very personal for the author, I must admit I’m quite impressed by the authenticity and honesty in it. To write about something so openly is not an easy thing to do, particularly if it’s an addiction. People don’t admit addictions. It takes a lot for them to accept the problem they have. All in all, it takes a bit of bravery to do this!
As I stated before, the writing could be refined and cleaned up a bit. If you’re someone who can’t handle reading books that have colloquial language, or you just can’t stand something that isn’t beautiful, poetic and grammatically correct in every way, then maybe this isn’t the book for you. However, if you can get past that and have an open mind, then you might just find some enjoyment out of it like I did!
There were moments where I laughed out loud. There were parts which were thought-provoking. If you accept the negatives, you appreciate the story for what it is. It is informing. It does provide a very personal (and sometimes detailed) point of view. It keeps the authenticity and honesty throughout. And, finally, it does show just how addiction can impact you and the people around you.
Would this book be in my top 10? Probably not. Nonetheless, I’m happy I got to experience the story!
Have you heard of this story before? Have you read it? What did you think? Let me know!
That’s it from me. Remember to ignite the story and I’ll see you again soon!
Charlotte is a reading and writing lover who has completed a creative writing intensive course at the University of Oxford and is a current university student studying a double degree in journalism and creative writing. If you are curious to learn more, check out the 'About' page.