At 18, I left the love and security of my family for a nightmare of drug addiction and crime. Homeless, alone and on the streets of Los Angeles, I realized that what I had been searching for was what I had left behind. Strung out on heroin and too ashamed to go back home to my parents, I continued to spiral downwards and I landed head first into a lifestyle that I never knew existed.
The incredible true story of a teenage hacker from Germany who goes to New York, looking for love. What could possibly go wrong?
“Entertaining, refreshing, unsettling and absorbing, and surprisingly perhaps, a thinking person’s book.” (5/5) – Viga Boland, Readers’ Favorite
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(5/5) – Sally Mitchum, Amazon Review
“The most engaging memoir I’ve ever read.”
(5/5) – Caitlin Lyle Farley, Readers’ Favorite
“One whirlwind adventure after another. I was enthralled.” (4/4) – Christina Rose, Online Book Club
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(5/5) -Ray Simmons, Readers’ Favorite
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(5/5) -James Okun, Bookplex
Born illegitimate in north east England in 1944, John Fahey was sent to his father’s parents in western Ireland. John’s parents later married and brought back to England when he was nine, he was continually beaten and battered by his father, who called him a bastard, throughout his teenage years.
Surviving on his memories of Ireland, his trust in his Catholic faith, the help of kind people and relatives, and his love of chemistry, John went through major crises, feeling lost and alone in 1960s England and Scotland, he took on challenges, fought back against despair, and struggled with his sexual identity under legal intolerance. But determined to find a better life he went to university and finally to America.
This is a story of surviving against the odds.