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Reviewed by Jessyca Garcia for Readers' Favorite
I enjoyed Pink Tootsie by T.M. Raskin. Raskin’s story about her life was brutally honest. She told of numerous accounts of abuse, both sexual and physical. She also told of how her drug use controlled her life and what she did to finally overcome it.
I was not sure what to expect when I started reading Pink Tootsie. At first, I saw Raskin as a typical teenager who wanted to impress her friends with what she was willing to do. Reading on, I began to understand her and, at times, even relate to some of the things that have happened to her. Such as attracting every weirdo in a five-block radius. Raskin’s drug use was a way for her to escape her thoughts and problems. Her explaining her thought processes on why she used and what would set her off to begin using again has helped me to better understand some addicts in my life. Raskin not only shares her story, but her poetry too. One of my favorite poems was:
“The heart is a
Only to be tossed
Around by instability.”
I really did like reading Raskin’s story and was rooting for her. However, I felt that she repeated herself a lot, especially with her journal entries. I also felt that her story was unfinished. I was left wanting to know what happened to certain people in her life and who she had a daughter with. Other than that, I thought this was a good story and totally worth reading.