Good Girls on Bad Drugs: Addiction Nonfiction of the Unhappy Hookers by Mark Mathew Braunstein is an incredibly candid and open story. There are no hidden sides – the girls spill it all. Be prepared to be shocked by what you read and by the photos. Be prepared to enter a world you may never have known existed. There are no holds barred and although there are no real sexual descriptions, you just know from reading that it happened. The addition of the photos makes the book even more real and gives you something to truly identify with while reading. Mr. Braunstein has a unique style of writing, a way that draws you gently into the story and then grips you tight. He isn’t letting you go until you understand the girls, understand what happened to them, and why. Terrific book, highly recommended for all true crime aficionados and maybe for anyone who wants a dose of the realities of life. -- Anne-Marie Reynolds, for Readers’ Favorite
Good Girls on Bad Drugs portrays the shattered lives of girls next door who became crack, coke, opioid, and heroin addicts, and who in their hustle for drugs became streetwalkers and internet escorts. In jailhouse journals and interviews, they confess with candor and courage to their sex work and drug crimes amid two mega-casinos and their three nearby small cities. Doomed by uncurbed addictions, most girls never recover, while others die young from AIDS, OD, or murder. Here a spotlight is shined upon 22 lives. One chapter, one life. And sometimes one death. Living and dying on the fringes of society, four fatally overdosed, one of them a 17-year-old internet escort whose death exposed a prostitution ring. Three were murdered by johns. One was an accessory to two murders. Another, after her prison break, was hunted in two states. Another robbed six banks in three states in six consecutive days. All their photos and interviews are included in these true crime stories about some guys’ lust for sex and these girls’ thirst for drugs.