Reviewed by Alice DiNizo for Readers' Favorite
Brandon is a twenty year old who is addicted to drugs, not to mention alcohol and mindless party sex. His older brother, Ace, twenty-seven, is tough with him while his younger brother, Cole tries to be more mellow, bringing in his policeman friend, Drake, to help. Ace finds pills and powder in Brandon's things and Brandon runs away when Ace confronts him. Brandon's friend Bret picks him up and they head off to Vince's house where Vince is high and a party is in progress. Bret has served time in jail as has Brandon. But Brandon continues on with his drugged-up ways and goes off to sell vials of illegal substances to a dealer. He knows that he's a "screw-up" and doesn't have to face life if he uses drugs and alcohol. Brandon's been addicted for a long time and his mother-- dead by her own hand--enabled him, supporting his habit by working several jobs and endangering her own future. Brandon's old love, Kristine, returns to his life, but can she really help him through withdrawal? And is Brandon strong enough to give up his troubled, troublesome lifestyle?
"Nothing More, Nothing Less" is an accurate and realistic portrayal of a drug addict and the rough world he creates for himself. Main character Brandon is believable and totally pitiful and his brothers Ace and Cole, and family friend policeman Drake, are patient beyond belief and quite authentic as they try to stand by Brandon through his ups and downs as he fights off enraged drug users and tries to survive homestyle detox. The plot flows to the story's realistic ending. "Nothing More, Nothing Less" is a good, albeit sad, portrayal of a druggie's life and what that lifestyle does to those around him. Readers who don't mind a good dose of reality will want to read, "Nothing More, Nothing Less."