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Patrick Kennedy's story wrapped within that of his parents and extended family is one in common with so many not as famous or advantaged. The lives of the Kennedy's are tabloid popcorn so that is of interest but this book educates us about the many forms of brain illness- alcoholism, drug addiction, mental illness and post traumatic stress. Patrick turned his personal illness, a "lemon" into lemon aid, a life's work for mental health parity.
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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
For much of this memoir, Kennedy comes across as a spoiled rich kid, blaming his family for his problems (a serious mental illness and a series of addictions) but in the last chapters he finds redemption and a new life as a (more or less) ordinary person in an ordinary family.
What did you like best about this story?
The fact that he has become an advocate for mental health/addiction and physical health coverage parity. I also appreciated seeing evidence that he finally grew up.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Johnny Heller?
Not unless it was another book by a Bostonian.
What else would you have wanted to know about Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried ’s life?
The writing is uneven and needed better editing.
Any additional comments?
With all its faults, it's worth reading.
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