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Upside Down (One on the House)
By William Teets
2014
Reviewed by Angie Mangino
Rating: 4 stars


Alcoholism consumes not only the person drinking, but all family, friends, and acquaintances in one’s path in life.  It takes hitting bottom to awaken the realization that one must make a major change to claw one’s way back to sobriety.  However, what does one actually feel hitting that bottom, and what emotions battle within for someone on this journey?
 
“I was being whooshed away!  To where and why I did not know.”
 
Thus begins Upside Down, quickly propelling readers into a personal hell.
 
“All touch was cold, sight blurry, and hearing garbled.  I tasted metallic offerings making me gag.  I smelled fear – unfamiliar yet so authentic and palpable it seemed I had known it my entire life.  Where was I?”
 
Readers will ride the roller coaster with the protagonist, seeing what he sees, hearing what he hears, and most importantly, feeling what he feels while rooting for him through the entire story.  The author did an excellent job in characterization, both of the protagonist and those around him. 
 

Internal dialogue brings readers a real sense of reaching bottom, as well as of the journey attempting recovery.  Dialogue with others keeps this story grounded, not letting it become just an inner turmoil that might have become a ramble, but rather strengthens the story and reader involvement.  This book gives readers an inner look and better understanding of alcoholism through a personal story that holds interest until its conclusion.