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Reviewed by Foluso Falaye for Readers' Favorite
In We Are All Made of Scars, Christopher Morris recalls his tumultuous childhood and the questionable choices he made as a young adult who experienced an unhealthy level of exposure to addiction all his life. The company he kept escalated Chris's natural attraction to chaos, resulting in such pranks as blowing up mailboxes. When he was not doing something wild with a male friend, he was figuring out how relationships worked with a girlfriend, learning how to sell more while his friends were in school, or responding to any of the other things that caught his attention outside of Chicago in the mid-90s era.
Although the memoir is fast-paced, I loved that it allows readers to become familiar with its themes and events before moving on to others. Thus, it's an intriguing read from start to finish as it winds through addiction, dancing, divorce, pranks, dating, sex, friendship, mental disorder, the army, sales, and other disparate themes. Chris's profound words of advice at the end are my favorite part of the book, as he speaks about being conscious of how the past affects the present and healing from early negative influences. Ultimately, We Are All Made of Scars taught me that I should not judge others because we all come from different backgrounds and are shaped by our environments. What an inspiring, enlightening, and deeply engaging story. If your childhood consisted of exposure to addiction or you love books about social issues, you should read this.