“To make the pain useful. The longing, the fear, the heartache and dread. The ability to see these broken pieces of yourself like cracks in your armor through which you are better able to see the world: too broken to be normal, just broken enough to see beauty.” ― Mikel Jollett, Hollywood Park
It's hard to give a memoir a rating for me. What would I say? I don't know that I can rate someone's life story.
The pain, suffering, and trauma was unbearable at times. I felt frustrated, sad, and angry. Yet, there was beauty in simple joys and friendship. Just when it seemed I'd lost hope, I would be surprised to find love and compassion around the corner.
I put this book on my radar because of all the hype. Then, I moved it closer to the top of my list when I read about the cult. What I ended up reading was so much more than I could have imagined.
Narcissism, Addiction, Depression and Child Attachment Disorder all heavily impacted Mikel's life and relationships. I applaud his ability to address and discuss such personal trauma. It takes so much bravery to share these things with the world.