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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite
True Confessions of an American Millennial by John Clifford is a very short book because it’s part one of what is already an engrossing and enlightening read, especially for those of us unfamiliar with the realities of growing up during the nineties in Florida. John Clifford was born to alcoholic parents and grandparents. Throughout his childhood, life in his home was one on-going party with people coming and going, drinking, having sex, and enjoying a hedonistic lifestyle after a hard day’s work. With that early exposure, it was only natural that John followed in the family’s footsteps, but by the time he and his friends were partying, weed, ecstasy and 'shrooms' were combined with the alcohol. Eventually, oxytoxin was added to this toxic mix. What a lethal life prescription.
Clifford moves through his days with a “whatever” attitude to everything happening around him and to him. It’s his “normal” and there’s no one, or, it seems, nothing, even a tough juvenile prison stay, to keep him from resuming his “normal.” But wait! Toward the end of True Confessions of an American Millennial, something is changing inside John, something the reader has been desperately waiting to see, because living as John does means dying a little more each day. And as any intelligent person knows, change has to come from within. That change is perhaps what readers will learn about in the books that follow.
Today, John Clifford owns and operates a non-profit for at-risk adolescents. Given what you will read in True Confessions of an American Millennial, you know he is well-qualified to take on such an important role in the lives of young people who have lost their way through substance abuse. He has almost finished his Bachelor’s Degree as a Substance Abuse Counselor and hopes to become a psychologist in the future. Obviously, that change in himself that John Clifford foreshadows toward the end of True Confessions of an American Millennial was a big one. After many years in prisons, today he is thankful to have survived his past to live the life he loves today. He donates proceeds from the sales of his books to the non-profit. What John Clifford has to share is inspiring and worth readers' support. I hope you will support his work.