Even mean girls have a story to tell...
Gia is a mean girl. This is her story. It begins with a choice, between the unthinkable and her twin brother’s life. She did what she thought was best and lives with the consequences. Secrets rule her life. The pain and psychological chaos are heavy burdens she cannot bear.
A mother with mental illness, a father with no room in his life for her, and her grandmother’s religious dogma all fuel Gia’s belief that she is bad and broken. She hides the pain as best she knows how, but her rage at life burns within. Music and ambition are her only safety nets, but the secrets consume her.
Gia is a mean girl. She hurts because she is hurting. She frightens others because she is frightened. She humiliates people to forget her own humiliation. It’s time Gia’s side of the story be told. This is where it all begins. This is where Gia’s secrets are exposed.
** Content warning: this book contains subject matter that may be triggering to some. Content includes: emotional, physical and sexual abuse, bullying, mention of pornography as well as drug and alcohol misuse.
Even wretched lives can get worse...
Gia reunites with her twin brother, Gio. He is well on his way to a life of crime and violence to support his drug habit. She joins him on the journey and moves into an abusive, addict infested home. Drugs, alcohol and self-harm take over her life. Music making and attention from boys are her only solace from the chaos.
A teacher identifies Gia’s musical talent and awakens hope and dormant dreams inside her. Just as she reaches for a better future, her life falls apart again. Habit and bad choices catapult her back down a familiar, dismal road.
Now a young adult, Gia finds herself in a horrible predicament. Caught up in an abusive relationship and pregnant, she fears she will be trapped forever. Gia’s Addictions takes readers into a life of despair and depravity and leaves them wondering how far down a soul can go.
** Content warning: this book contains subject matter that may be triggering to some. Content includes: emotional, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, self-harm, mention of pornography as well as drug and alcohol misuse.
Even Sad Souls can be saved...
Gia’s salvation comes slowly and quite unexpectedly. After giving birth to her little girl, Gia’s life, full of addiction, depression, and abuse explodes into a furious mess of instability. She bounces from place to place struggling to navigate all the horrors that consume her thoughts and ruin her best of intentions.
When the young mother’s abusive relationship spirals too far into dangerous territory, she knows things have to change. Disgust with herself for bringing her special child into a horrible situation rages inside her. Desperation to find escape fuels both her addiction and determination to leave. As Gia tries to make her own way and navigate out of the darkness, things only get worse.
Then slowly she finds hope; in sleepy forgotten places, in a stranger’s unusual kindness, in natural wonder, in a mentor’s consistent presence, in her child, in her own musical gifts, in awakening dreams, and at last in a safe, savior’s embrace that just might be able hold her together through it all.
** Content warning: this book contains subject matter that may be triggering to some. Content includes: emotional, physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence, self-harm, as well as drug and alcohol misuse.