Happy Chasing Happy

Happy Chasing Happy

An Aimless High to Happiness

Non-Fiction - Memoir
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 02/13/2016
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Author Biography

"I am a nobody, who became a somebody to nobody but me."

Born and raised in Belleville, New Jersey, Jay was never one for academics. Rather than concentrating on coursework, he was instead distracted by the typical trappings other young men endure. Jay has always been more interested in enjoying life and those around him, which isn't going to get anyone accepted at a credible college or university. Even still, through all the self-destructive means and risky behavior, Jay stayed determined to choose his own career path, which would eventually lead him to becoming a savvy business owner, a professional "mixed-martial arts" fighter. And now he has added the title of "author" to the list.

"All in all, I'm just another washed up MMA fighter that was addicted to drugs and alcohol; but I made a change and stuck with it."

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Happy Chasing Happy: An Aimless High to Happiness by Jerome Isip is an amazing book that you will read again and share with your children when they get older. I know people say that men don’t like to talk about emotions and they are closed up. Maybe they have not met Jay Isip or they haven’t read his book. Jerome is an MMA fighter; he is covered in tattoos and is a general tough guy. But when you read this book, you will notice the real guy.

Jay talks about his life and how he followed his ambitions, despite the bumpy road he had on the way. Throughout the book, he maintains a humorous tone that keeps the reader entertained and very happy. He talks about how he fought off drug and alcohol addiction, and many other activities that made him “happy,” but really, these just made him prone to self-destruction. He wanted to change his life. He wanted a life that was healthy and gave him true happiness. But he wanted to achieve that on his terms and he did.

Jay’s journey is pure and very simple and, no, it was not easy. The words he chose and the way he candidly speaks make this book very special. It is as if you are having a conversation with him. The book is concise and very entertaining. I already recommended this book to my sister to share with her son, who is having challenges in his life. Maybe Jay’s influence can help him make wise decisions. A very well written account of a struggling man. I appreciate his honesty and how candidly he talked about his failures and his wish to become a better person.

JJ Phillips

Happy Chasing Happy: An Aimless High to Happiness by Jerome "Jay" Isip is a memoir about a life that wasn't always successful. Jay Isip is now a professional MMA fighter and entrepreneur. But this autobiography is about his life before his success. It is about his addictions. Addictions like drugs and alcohol so strong that he was embarrassed and afraid to talk about them because he didn't want his family and friends to know how deeply he was in over his head. Admitting he had a problem was the first step. Then Jay could look for healthy ways to pull himself away from his poor lifestyle choices. He knew he had a second chance at happiness. After he found the true meaning of happiness, he wanted to share what he'd learned and overcome in this interesting and entertaining memoir.

Happy Chasing Happy is written in a very engaging way that will draw people into this story. It starts off the opposite of what the title describes and is more depressing in the beginning. But the happiness comes! I found this story very refreshing. It was honest and Isip didn't dance around the truth or try to sugar coat anything within the tale. This book describes the gritty truth that was Isip's life. And he hopes that people can learn from his mistakes and be inspired by the actions that he took. I think people really will be impressed with his story. It is well written, interesting, and highly entertaining.

Gisela Dixon

Happy Chasing Happy: An Aimless High to Happiness by Jerome Isip is an autobiographical novel written in first person. Happy Chasing Happy follows the life and career of an MMA fighter. The novel begins with an introduction by Jerome and his life in high school in New Jersey as he drifted aimlessly, taking little interest in academics. Very soon, his life is embroiled in a cycle of alcohol, drugs of all kinds ranging from LSD, Ecstasy, cocaine, etc., and at times violence. Through this, Jerome is inspired to become a Mixed Martial Arts or MMA fighter and drops in and out of serious training and fighting throughout that time. The book is a portrayal of a boy from Jersey running with a rough crowd at times, but through his love for fighting as a sport and a profession, and with the support and encouragement from his family, forges a life for himself.

Happy Chasing Happy: An Aimless High to Happiness by Jerome Isip is an interesting, non-fictional memoir. The journey through hard core drugs, partying, and alcohol is a familiar one for many people, and this book proves that the support and help from family and friends can go a long way. The writing style is engaging and kept me interested in reading this story until the end. The book is interspersed with photos which makes for a nice touch. All in all, this is a good autobiographical read.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Happy Chasing Happy: An Aimless High to Happiness by Jerome Isip is an inspirational story. Jerome, known as Jay, is a professional Mixed Martial Art fighter, an author, and he is happy. He wasn't always though and it took a long journey for Jay to reach the place he wanted to be. This is his story; he will take you through his life, the years of self-doubt, the bouts of depression, and the struggle to find his own identity. He tells of his battles with addiction, the self-destructive years of alcohol and drugs; he tells how he pulled himself back and, perhaps more importantly, what made him pull back from the edge and turn his life around. He will tell you what it means to find a true purpose in life, what it means to discover what real happiness is, and a happiness that comes from deep within and lasts forever. This is an open and candid story of one man’s journey, a journey that many will identify with.

Happy Chasing Happy: An Aimless High to Happiness by Jerome Isip is a real eye-opener. It is full of inspiration and, like me, I have no doubt that some readers will find it strikes a chord in their hearts and minds. Most of us have struggled at some time or other in our lives and many find themselves heading down the wrong path, hopelessly lost and unable to find a way back. Jay writes in a very open and honest way, straightforward and to the point, and he doesn’t cover up anything. He writes with a certain amount of wit and completely opens his heart for all to see. In doing so, he leaves you with a few questions of your own, questions you need to ask yourself and look deep within to find the answers. This is a thought-provoking book, a book that should lead to readers making the changes in their lives that lead to true happiness.

Deborah Lloyd

A tough young New Jersey man, with an Asian heritage, bullied by almost everyone - add massive amounts of alcohol and every drug imaginable. How can someone live through these perilous events and become a successful professional Mixed Martial Arts fighter, an entrepreneur, and now an author? Meet Jerome Isip in his memoir, Happy Chasing Happy: An Aimless High to Happiness, to discover how one man not only survived times of utter desperation, but built a fulfilling life. Mr. Isip shares the many highs and lows during his years of alcohol and drug use. While he attempted to portray the tough guy image, he shares how his low self worth led him down this dangerous path. His realistic description of how addiction occurs and how it makes the user feel is honest and courageous.

Jerome Isip develops an unique way to share his story in Happy Chasing Happy: An Aimless High to Happiness. By utilizing the structure of calling his chapters “rounds,” similar to a fight, reader curiosity builds. The reader wonders how he will ever be able to extricate himself from this downward spiral of despair. Each of the rounds ends with a message; some are informational, such as the harmful effects of drugs on the brain; others have a humorous tone, clarifying a point. Likewise, the author has added photographs and illustrations throughout the book. The photographs are often from his fights, while the illustrations add some whimsical relief after precipitous events. This book is a very thoughtful, intelligent account of a life that could have ended in dire circumstances. How Jerome Isip learned to become “high on life” is an adventurous story!