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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
I have to begin my review of Drunk as Fu*k by congratulating the author, Ryan Kanaley. This couldn’t have been an easy memoir to write, given the copious amount of personal detail about Kanaley’s teen years that even he states “will not paint me in the best light” such as a group of drunken teenagers “pissing on doorknobs” of a vacant house for sale. More reserved readers might find such admissions less humorous than the author did at the time, but I urge you to suspend judgment. After all, who of us hasn’t done things in our youth we wouldn’t dare share, let alone publish in a memoir with a title as explicit as this? With that out of the way, if you are, or know someone battling alcohol addiction, read this book. Kanaley states in both the beginning and end of his memoir that he didn’t write it as a guide on how to get sober but because it was a story that he considered worth telling. He’s right! Kanaley’s experiences as the abused child of a dysfunctional family where alcohol played a major role set him on an undesirable path. Alcohol became his way of coping with anxiety as he stumbled into his teens, struggled through school, braved military training, meandered through the workforce, secured three college degrees, and most importantly of all, overcame his addiction. Awe-inspiring!
If you can handle the in-your-face, less-than-polite language in Drunk as Fu*k and the frequent use of that 4-letter word in the title, you will enjoy this memoir. He’s got the gift of the gab as he shares one eyebrow-raising funny story after another. Kanaley’s final thoughts warrant serious consideration. As he states, “no matter what life throws your way, you don’t have to be a product of your surroundings” and in his conclusion, he adds a call to action: “I would like every one of you to look deep within yourselves, figure out what you want to fix or achieve, own it and get after it. Well said, Ryan Kanaley!