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Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite
Darn, this guy's life has some highs and lows. Maxx Miller's A Stoner Guide To His Life is like the raw expression of graffiti. Ideas and memories are seen through a thick cloud of images. The short table of contents includes the irreverent chapter In The Beginning, which sets the tone for the story. Maxx starts out as a happy-go-lucky kid growing up in sunny California with a good home and loving parents. When his family moves to Kansas, when he is in the 5th grade, things turn bad. He loses the stability of familiar places and friends. He also bears the brunt of his father's drug use. His father's bad temper and erratic behavior become Maxx's stumbling block for his future development as a boy and as a man. The young boy grows into a teenager and leaves high school with a lot of emotional baggage. Maxx explores the world with social media, sexuality, playing in a rock band, and doing drugs.
His chaotic world is reflected in expletives and raunchy descriptions. He describes women and men with street language. The sentences, grammar and thoughts in this story are incomplete and perhaps that matches his frame of mind. A Stoner Guide To His Life by Maxx Miller also includes a photograph of him performing in a rock band with long, hippie hair. His experience with drugs, including cocaine, makes him a rockin' bad ass. But when the smoke clears, his rough words and attitudes seem like a convenient cover for a guy trying to make sense of a confusing world.