Everything I Never Wanted to Be

by Dina Kucera

Everything I Never Wanted to Be by Dina Kucera is the true story of a family’s battle with alcoholism and drugaddiction.

  • Paperback
  • Pages: 218 pages
  • Average Rating: 3.81 out of 5
  • Published October 1st 2010 by Dream of Things Media
  • ISBN: 0982579438 (ISBN13: 9780982579435)
  • Edition Language: English

Everything I Never Wanted to Be by Dina Kucera is the true story of a family’s battle with alcoholism and drug addiction. In many ways, it is a cross between Mary Karr’s The Liar’s Club and James Frey’s A Million Little Pieces. Dina’s grandfather and father were alcoholics. Her grandmother was a pill addict. Dina is an alcoholic and pill addict, and all three of her daughters struggle with alcohol and drug addiction, including her youngest daughter, who started using heroin at age fourteen. Dina’s household also includes her husband and his unemployed identical twin, a mother who has Parkinson’s Disease, a grandson who has cerebral palsy, and various other friends and family members who drift in and out of the household depending on their employment situation and rehab status. On top of all that, Dina is trying to make it as a stand-up comic and author so she can quit her crummy job as a grocery store clerk. Through it all, Dina does her best to hold her family together, keep her faith, and maintain her sense of humor. The story opens with Dina on stage, competing on the “Funniest Mom in America” TV show. She’s performed hundreds of times, but this time she freezes because she’s flashing back to her teenage daughter’s harrowing hospital stay following a suicide attempt. From there, it’s a rollercoaster ride that includes stories of parental neglect, drug overdoses, a priest who masturbates while hearing confessions, a tragic childbirth, a teen who finds out via videotape that she was raped while she was high on crystal meth, a stay in a mental ward, a surprisingly redemptive trip to Disneyland, and more relapses and rehabs than you can keep track of. It’s a story that is brutally honest — shocking at times — yet still funny and full of hope.As you might imagine, a story filled with alcoholics and drug addicts includes a number of horrific events. But in the end, Everything I Never Wanted to Be is an uplifting story that contains valuable lessons for parents and teens alike, and a strong message about the need to address the epidemic of teen drug addiction in our nation. It’s a book that can change behavior and save lives and make you laugh along the way.”Raw and funny.” — Joel Stein, Time Magazine columnist”Like a maelstrom.” — Gary Klinga, ForeWord Review”So absolutely over the top that it makes readers laugh out loud and thank God it is not them.” — Robin Martin, San Francisco Book Review”Malcolm in the Middle meets Cops.” — Jenny Mounfield, The Compulsive Reader”Open and honest.” — Charline Ratcliff, Rebecca’s Reads”You are a good writer. No doubt.” James Frey to Dina Kucera