Sunday, July 28, 2013

Guest Book Review: Dramaville

By Sara Steven

Dramaville is an autobiography told from the perspective of Andrea Lewis. Lewis had spent nearly two decades in a perpetual state of turmoil and chaos, raised in an emotionally and physically abusive household that had taught her no real way to deal with life and the roller coaster ride it may take us on from time to time. For most of her life, all she wanted was happiness, yet her dysfunctional upbringing was a hindrance and a crutch.

The journey Lewis takes us on is painful at times. There’s no holding back as she recalls experiences with rape, abuse, alcoholism and drug addiction. She seeks out a way to feel whole and complete through failed relationships, and sinks even further into depression when her closest brother dies suddenly. I got the feeling she was always trying to run away from something, moving frequently from place to place, never staying at one job for very long. I quickly discovered that for all her running, she was trying to get away from the one person she’d never be able to escape from: herself.

Filled with humor and reflection, and a lot of trial and error, Dramaville shows us that it doesn’t matter what our background is, or where we’ve come from. There is always a way to better our lives. Through counseling and writing, Lewis learns how to heal and to better herself, sharing her story with the rest of us who may need some guidance amidst our own struggles.

Thanks to Andrea Lewis for the book in exchange for an honest review.

Sara Steven is a wife and stay-at-home mother of two rambunctious boys in Bellevue, NE. When she’s not running marathons, or working on her novel, she takes a break and opens up a good book (or turns on her Nook). Find her at her blog.

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