Jamie uncovers life-changing secrets from his past when he’s sent to live with a father he’s never met in this gritty novel from the author of Exit Here and Run the Game.

Jamie is invincible when he is high. His anger, his isolation, his mom’s manic mood swings—nothing can shatter his glass castle. But one brutal night upends everything, leaving his mom broken and Jamie betrayed.

Sent to live with a father he’s never met, Jamie is determined to hate the man he blames for his mother’s ruin. And he blocks out the pain with drugs, fierce music, and sweet, sweet Dominique. Except the more time Jamie spends at his dad’s, the more his mother’s scathing stories start to unravel. Who is he supposed to believe? And how much will he have to sacrifice to uncover the truth?

The Phoenix’s Perspective

First off, I feel compelled to say that this book is for a mature audience (adults and older teens). If Blazed were turned into a movie, it would definitely be rated R.

Most of the books I have read on this subject are usually about the downward spiral of someone who becomes addicted to drugs – the person begins with a wonderful life and ends up in the gutter or dead due to their addiction. I found Blazed to be a more accurate representation of the life of an addict. Most people who become addicts have learned from other addicts in their life.  Jaime has always (at least in his mind) lived with his mother, who is a non-functioning addict.  She is always on something and puts her addiction/wants/needs before her son even though he has barely entered his teenage years.  Jaime has had to become an adult a lot sooner than he should and, as a result, is involved in many adult things that should have come later in life (if at all) – drugs, alcohol and sex.

Jaime’s addiction is a learned behavior. His mom has always dealt with her emotions through drugs, so why shouldn’t he? His mother has also shaped his view on women and the behaviors/roles they should play in relationships.  His father has also shaped the role Jaime believes men should play in relationships through his absence and the stories his mother has told him.

I thought it was incredible to watch Jaime rationalize his choices, especially once he himself realized that he was rationalizing the choices rather than dealing with the actual situations/facts in front of him. The unfortunate truth is that many of Jaime’s decision were based off of guilt – guilt of enjoying himself, guilt of being angry at himself/his mom/his dad, guilt for not putting himself first and most importantly the guilt of potentially leaving his mom alone.

Needless to say, I thought this was a wonderful new look at a subject that many have written about. I am hoping that other Jason Meyers books will provide the same type of feeling.

Would I add it to the library?

Yes, I was glad to have read it and can’t wait to read more.


Genre: Fiction – mental impairment, family secrets
ISBN: 9781442487215
Rating:  good

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