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Reviewed by Patricia Day for Readers' Favorite
Washed Away: From Darkness to Light, a memoir written by Nikki Dubose with James Johanson, is a series of dark memories of her dysfunctional family life, and the misery caused by addictions and abuse. Nikki Dubose recounts the tragic story of her life, dealing with severe eating disorders and mental challenges. Her sad story reveals a less-than-glamorous look at the world of modelling. While she is not casting aspersions on the high class world of models, she does reveal how physical and mental issues can greatly affect the choices one makes. As family and friendships come and go, and people accept then reject her, she finally grasps an opportunity to turn from her ugly duckling persona in order to become a beautiful cleansed swan – metaphorically speaking.
A powerful story in which Nikki reveals the good, the bad, and the ugly of many aspects of growing up in a highly dysfunctional home. Loving was always beyond her reach until she realized that one simple step could help her. This is a graphic tale of her young life, her adult choices; her failed relationships and self-hatred. I felt myself wanting to reach out and shake her, while trying to understand the rationale behind her life decisions. Of course, not having been exposed to some of the horrors that she has, I found that difficult to do. The book goes into great, lurid detail of eating disorder behaviour, and contains a lot of profanity. I found it a hard book to read, but one that is very compelling in the message it delivers. Not an easy read. I would recommend this book for adults only.