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Summary

After an encounter with a homeless man, a high school graduate becomes obsessed with the idea of doing heroin, challenging himself to try it just once. A bleak tale of addiction, delusion, and flowers.

©2017 Chad Lutzke (P)2017 Chad Lutzke

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  • kutzkai
  • 17-09-20

Great Listen

What a story, I think young people should read/listen to this, this story shows that you can not even try it once, I don't know the exact percentage, but I would guess that it is pretty high,that most people can not even try heroin once without getting hooked. Our star of the story thought that he could just try it once, but before he knew it he was in a downward spiral.
This is a highly recommended story....The narrator did an awesome job of bringing this story to us.,,,I received this audiobook code for free at my request and this is my unbiased review.

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  • The Nerdy Narrative
  • 16-06-22

The most beautiful story about addiction I've read

Okay, I'm about to write something really weird. It's strange for me to have this thought, but I honestly can't think of any other way to sum up how I feel about this story.

Wallflower is the most beautiful story of the exploration and resulting drug addiction I have ever read. I have not read anything like it and while I've never experienced drug (or any other kind) of addiction, this story was so logical to me - I feel like it could EASILY have been me - the thoughts and reasoning felt so authentic...it made perfect sense...

Besides the unique and compelling story of the main character and his experience exploring how/why people would ever get addicted to drugs when they are stable, smart and happy - the author writes so succinctly. I was amazed at how Chad Lutzke could give such amazing detail to a story without taking 40 pages to do it. That is an amazing skill that few authors are blessed with (but luckily, the more I read of indie and self pubbed authors, the more I'm adding to that list!)

With this one story Chad Lutzke has gained a new fan. I've already spoken to other friends and reviewers to find out what I need to read next and started compiling a list.

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  • Joshua Marsella
  • 11-07-21

A dark yet honest story of addiction.

“It’ll never happen to me. I don’t have an addictive personality.”

This is the theme at the heart of Wallflower. A chance meeting with a homeless junkie sets a young man on a quest of experimentation and curiosity into the world of heroin addiction that quickly turns dark. Lutzke (as Lutzke does) pulls no punches and takes the reader along for the downward spiral as a young man falls victim to heroin addiction despite his denial. Lutzke is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors and my love for his work grows more with each title I read. He can do now wrong.

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  • John Rinaldi
  • 27-11-20

About a Kid Who 'Knew-it-All'

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"Wallflower: A Coming Of Age Tale About Addiction" by Chad Lutzke is a precautionary tale about heroin addiction.

This story wasn't meant to be enjoyed, so I didn't.

Recommendation - neutral

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  • Paul Preston
  • 23-10-20

Beautifully horrible

I am strong enough. Once and I am through. I just want to know what this feeling is that people would throw their life away for. So begins the downward spiral, but Chad Lutzke has such and amazing way of writting. For such a short story, he pulls all the emotions out

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  • timj26
  • 12-09-20

Excellent

A tragic story of arrogance and the power of addiction
Well narrated and highly recommended
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  • MD
  • 23-04-20

An extremely sad, but candid and important story

A very well written story that serves as a cautionary tale for depressed, impoverished, and aimless youth. The characters are quite fleshed out for such a short narrative, and you care a lot about their arcs. The passages regarding heroin usage are very detailed, so this might be a trigger for anyone who is a former addict. As someone who has zero experience with the substance, it was still easy for me to imagine both the horror and euphoria that heroin produces. This is all thanks to Lutzke’s unflinching, vivid, and poetic imagery. He tackles this subject matter in a realistic manner, not shying away from the darkness and temporary light that is a result of hardcore drug use. This is an easy recommendation.