Vanessa Juarez
November 19, 2008 AT 05:00 AM EST

Love Junkie

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Robert Plunket
publisher
Perennial
genre
Comic Novels, Fiction

We gave it a B-

Growing up with an alcoholic mother and an indifferent father can’t be good for an addictive personality. It certainly wasn’t good for the sexually obsessed Rachel Resnick, who sought the constant validation of abusive men. Resnick, who calls her addiction ”lethal,” says she gave into anything that would please her partners, even if she knew it would be emotionally damaging — from threeways to sex with a female prostitute in Phuket. Shaking her addiction, she says, was ”tantamount to weaning oneself off of the most powerful drugs.” Although the larger themes in Resnick’s 12-step program — ”we can’t control the universe” and ”accepting we are broken [as a species]” — are admirable, it’s difficult to slog through Love Junkie‘s more than 200 pages of gory self-destruction. B?

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