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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Never Enough Zeroes is a work of non-fiction in the memoir and autobiographical subgenres. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author team Joel Soper with Philip Wyeth. The book follows Joel Soper’s descent into gambling addiction as he gradually burns millions of dollars in the pursuit of his obsessive behavior. The book aims to capture the feeling of helpless addiction with the goal of giving hope to those who are about to hit rock bottom and reminding the rest of us that as gambling becomes a bigger and more accessible industry, there need to be safety measures in place.
Memoirs live or die based on the extent to which the author is willing to share the challenging and unglamorous parts of their life; keep too much back and whatever message you’re trying to share falls flat. With this in mind, author team Joel Soper and Philip Wyeth have succeeded beautifully with Soper leaving nothing out in this tale of succumbing to addiction and obsession that highlights the danger of gambling with emotional aplomb. The beautiful prose when discussing the rock bottom that Soper found himself hurtling toward left me feeling deeply affected, and the call to arms that the book puts forward for gambling regulation and support for addicts was an incredibly compelling case as a result of both the author’s openness and their skill for emotional and effective writing. Overall, Never Enough Zeroes is a memoir with real and palpable power to move the reader as they follow the author's journey from a quick flutter on a race to full-blown addiction – I challenge anyone to read this book from start to finish and not walk away feeling deeply moved.