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High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict's Double Life

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Tiffany Jenkins

8 Hours 54 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

June 2019

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • An up-close portrait of the mind of an addict and a life unraveled by narcotics—a memoir of captivating urgency and surprising humor that puts a human face on the opioid crisis.
 
“Raw, brutal, and shocking. Move over, Orange Is the New Black.”—Amy Dresner, author of My Fair Junkie

When word got out that Tiffany Jenkins was withdrawing from opiates on the floor of a jail cell, people in her town were shocked. Not because of the twenty felonies she’d committed, or the nature of her crimes, or even that she’d been captain of the high school cheerleading squad just a few years earlier, but because her boyfriend was a Deputy Sherriff, and his friends—their friends—were the ones who’d arrested her.
 
A raw and twisty page-turning memoir that reads like fiction, High Achiever spans Tiffany’s life as an active opioid addict, her 120 days in a Florida jail where every officer despised what she’d done to their brother in blue, and her eventual recovery. With heart-racing urgency and unflinching honesty, Jenkins takes you inside the grips of addiction and the desperate decisions it breeds. She is a born storyteller who lived an incredible story, from blackmail by an ex-boyfriend to a soul-shattering deal with a drug dealer, and her telling brims with suspense and unexpected wit. But the true surprise is her path to recovery. Tiffany breaks through the stigma and silence to offer hope and inspiration to anyone battling the disease—whether it’s a loved one or themselves.

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  • Amy S.

    This is the best book I have ever heard/read in my life. Maybe it is because I'm also a recovering addict and can relate, but I don't think that is the only reason I'm so in love with this book. I've been watching Tiffany on fb for a few year's and knew she had struggled with addiction in her past but I had no idea what her real story was and how insane her life actaully was. It's an amazing story and the way she tells it is as I'd your there with her when it happening. I'm so happy and proud of her for the person she is and what she is doing with her life and I dont even personally know her! Best Book Ever!!

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  • Tammy B.

    Good book if you wanna understand how powerful addiction is.

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  • Jennifer G.

    Amazing book by an amazing person!! Her story is so so good!! I loved hearing her read it. It felt like I could see everything she was saying as if I were watching a movie.

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  • Tonya L.

    This is the best read. I highly recommend it to addicts,family of addicts,recovering addicts,and basically anyone that needs to see there is light at the end of a struggle. Regardless of what the struggle may be.

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  • Jamie L.

    I was hooked from the start!!! I love that Tiffany was the one reading the story! the details were do incredible it made you feel like u were watching a movie! highly recommend!! I think I finished it in 3 days lol I couldn't stop listening

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  • Amy C.

    This is an awesome book depicting the tragedy of addiction and how it can change a person. For me, someone who’s never been to jail or taken drugs, it was a great description of what it was like for the author. Such a brave woman to lay her story out for all to hear. I LOVE that she tells the story!

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  • Anonymous

    Hooked within the first minute, compelling story from start to finish

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  • Julie M.

    Very interesting and well-written. Author is a gifted writer! The only reason for minus one star is the continuous "F" bombs (and other cursing) all the way to the very end. At first, I assumed the bad language was necessary in order to accurately represent the author's state of mind during the events but it never really slowed down. I love to recommend books that I highly enjoy to others but the language in this one is too pervasive for my friends who are turned off by the poor choice of words. However, readers who do not mind constant expletives should definitely read this book. I have a much deeper understanding of the thought process addiction creates. The author's life as recorded in this book played out like a movie! I could not stop listening to it! Tiffany is so transparent and honest about her inner thoughts and emotions, I feel like I bonded with her and that she is now my friend. :) Now that I've finished the book, I miss her. lol

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  • Alexis Z.

    The power of addiction is perfectly painted in this book. It painted a clear picture of the inner struggle and the guilt and shame that addicts have. I believe that this is good for anyone who has a loved one with addiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Amazing! I couldn’t stop listening. The story and narration were both phenomenal. I’ve been following Tiffany on Facebook and her story really opened my eyes to the world of addiction. Well done!

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