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USA Today best-selling book!

Mike Majlak was a 17-year-old from a loving middle-class family in Milford, Connecticut, when he got caught up in the opioid epidemic that swept the nation. For close to a decade thereafter, his life was a wasteland of darkness and despair. While his peers were graduating from college, buying homes, getting married, having kids, and leading normal lives, Mike was snorting Oxycontin, climbing out of cars at gunpoint, and burying his childhood friends.

Unable to escape the noose of addiction, he eventually lost the trust and support of everyone who had ever loved him. Alone, with nothing but drugs to keep him company, darkness closed in, and the light inside him - the last flicker of hope - began to dim. His dreams, potential, and future were all being devoured by a relentless addiction too powerful to fight.

Despair filled him as he realized he wasn't going to survive. Somehow, he did. He not only survived, he thrived. Now, he's a social media personality with millions of followers and an entrepreneur, marketer, podcaster, YouTuber, and author who hopes to use his voice to shine a light for those whose own lights have grown dim. This is his story.

©2020 Mike Majlak and Riley J. Ford (P)2020 Mike Majlak and Riley J. Ford

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Loved it Mike✌️

I could connect with his story so much as I was an addict too and has been a man with wrong choices all my life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-03-21

Book is straight fire

I never finished a book.. and wish I hadn’t. It was similar to your favorite movie or documentary.. you love it the entire way though & all the sudden.. it’s over. I can’t wait for the movie to come out just so I can be the guy that says “the book was way better”. Mike turned his dark past & bloomed it into a bright future. This book symbolizes something different for everyone. For me, although I’ve never been an addict myself.. it really opened up an insight into a whole new world. It was also a symbol of hope & you can truly achieve anything w the right mindset.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-07-20

life changing book

loved the book! A truly life changing story... Thanks for this master piece. Much love

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  • roxie
  • 23-07-20

Great story

Bought this on Apple Books and had to get it here on audible also, it’s a great listen

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  • eric weaver
  • 13-04-21

Awesome story

This really hit right at home. I'm currently in recovery and been clean 7 years and can definitely relate to a lot of stuff in this story. Mike is an amazing person and to overcome something as hard as a addiction is wonderful...

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-21

love mike and love his story as a heroin addict...

love mike and love his story as a heroin addict... trying to get clean I am really inspired by this book thank you mike.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-04-21

Incredible

There is not one thing I dislike about this book. This book is incredible. This story has been able to let me see the perspective of the addict/user. Highly recommend to everyone.

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  • Mark
  • 26-03-21

Mike is my hero

For someone that doesn’t do drugs, you can still learn from this book. What I got out of this book is to move forward, there a way out from a bad normalcy lifestyle and getting REDEMPTION from people you know and love is one of the best feelings to ever have.

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  • kathryn wynne
  • 25-03-21

Incredible!

A journey of hope from despair, pain, and struggle. I’m not an addict but I can relate to Mike family. The struggle, pain, and toll this takes on those praying for better, sobriety, and peace to relatives suffering from addiction/mental illness.

I teared up at the end when Mike says, “be that light”! Because it’s what keeps them driving through all of this. It’s a struggle being the mother, daughter, brother or father watching this unfold. I know for me it is. This is the first time I’ve heard an ex addict and actually heard them.... I mean really listen to them say how important family is to them and that it just might be that driving force to keep them going in the right direction.

Must read! For everyone involved.

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  • Robert J Brooks
  • 09-03-21

Relatable, informative, engaging

this was a great book. haven't read in years but Ican relate so much to this story

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  • adam lewis
  • 03-03-21

This was amazing.

I listened nearly straight through. Anyone who has had addiction touch their life should read or listen to this.

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  • Karim Bassit
  • 05-04-21

Amazing story

What a story. Mike has been through a lot in his life. Very brave of him to share his story to the world. Just wow. Keep it up Big Mike. Well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-03-21

First Audiobook

As my first Audiobook I don’t really know where a review stands but personally as a drug user myself I feel this book was very powerful pretty slow at times but overall a great look at a celebrity’s story and as a celebrity I feel Mike is using his social power to try and change others now and this book was a great starting point for that .

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  • Gunvir Dhillon
  • 28-03-21

Great Book

Great book, I found this book helped me empathise with those who are affected by addiction better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-02-21

my opinion

Listened to it in a span of 2 days and I loved it! The book has been very helpful. I stil have a lot to reflect on from listening to this but already received some very much needed answers for my life! Great book Mike!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-02-21

Amazing a must read!

I couldn't stop listening to it, the story was so honest, thrilling and inspiring. Didn't want it to end

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-01-21

wow

Ermm dont know how I feel, can't describe it. just feel motivated and inspired in ways that I have never been. wow. just wow.

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  • DOGSANDTODS
  • 04-01-21

My goodness

I am very shocked at the insane willpower you must have to go through your journey! I see the pain in my life and I sometimes wonder wether I should stop and give up or keep going!

At a curving point in my life right now this book brings me great peace and understanding!

I will continue to breathe and keep pushing!

This book sent me chills up my spine, made my nerves shake all over the place! My anxiety reading this increased but it was so hard to stop listening! It took me 2 days to listen to this book and I’m a better person because of it! I hope to be as successful as you one day and I connected with you being a dog walker as I am one now! I hope to build my brand @wagandwalks to beyond greatness!

I’m sure this book gave me an opportunity to keep on going!

Thankyou Mike!
Hope to Thank you on day in person!

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  • Tyler Jay
  • 01-01-21

Awsome!

amazing work from you and the team mike. I've been following you for a minute and your content is getting better and better. such a humble geezer, I wish you best success and health. much love from the UK!

Ty

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  • Morgan Lewis
  • 31-12-20

Inspiring

So interesting, I would highly recommend this book to anyone. Keeps you engrossed in the story from beginning to end.

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  • Ben H.
  • 15-10-20

fantastic read.

brilliant. thanks for sharing your life.
once I started I couldn't stop listening.
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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-02-21

wowohwow

this is a great book really loved the rawness of it

mike did a great job in both the writing and telling of the story feel honoured to read this

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  • 29-01-21

Amazing and informative

Loved every minute. Such an insight into the world of drugs. Honest and confronting. Personal struggle

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-20

The fifth vital

Brilliant story, love Mike and everything he does for YouTube, his story and ability to reflect with passion and confidence is amazing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-11-20

Fantastic Story

I own the book but hearing Mike tell the story and hear the struggle in his voice through the tough stories makes this book so much better

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-11-20

Fucking GREAT book

Bruh! If this not gonna change your life how you think and what to do I don't know what else can help! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

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  • Ty Stevens
  • 23-10-20

Very Well written and truthful!

This book has by far taken the lead for anything I have read/listen to so truthful and heart felt. And amazing story of mikes insane, scary, painful but amazing life this story will change people’s lives with out a doubt. he has done and amazing thing here and can not wait to see where he takes it. This book will leave you not wanted to stop listing so be prepared for a long sitting. Ps having your own voice in there is a game changer and everyone voice in the letters very very well done.

To Mike Majlak and Riley j. Ford this book has opened my eyes from when I had a light ( compared to mike ) addiction at a younger age to how much the points you make in this book are 100% spot on and how family will help you even if you Think there not.

Anyway this is going to change lives and save many people and for that I thank you.

Ty Stevens
QLD , AUSTRALIA

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-09-20

Best Book I’ve Ever Heard/Read

I don’t ever read books, but after listening to Mike on impaulsive and watching him on YouTube and hearing glimpses of his story about his past and how he got to where he was today, I knew I had to listen to this! I couldn’t get the chance to read it because I live in Australia and shipping was hella expensive for the paperback so I downloaded Audible and from the moment I started listening I couldn’t stop! Mike’s story is so inspiring, and I personally can take away a lot from this book to place into my own world.
Thank you Mike! You’re a scumbag, but a fucking legend!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 28-08-20

Life changing!

I absolutely loved it! It is a truly remarkable story of dealing with mental health and addiction. Mikes perseverance to rewrite some very dark times of his past, stories that most would deep burried in the past, he decided to open to the world so that we can see the damaging effect drugs can have on anyone. This story isn't just for addicts or recovering addicts, but also for those who struggle with mental health or those who struggle for a purpose in life. I could not recommend this book more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-08-20

Brilliant

Captivating from beginning to end. The story will inspire and motivate anyone from any walk of life. I am so glad I listened!

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  • Jonty
  • 03-08-20

Just WOW.

We're all so proud of you Mike! It's so crazy to imagine how one could turn their life around from the stories you told to the life you're living now. Just waiting for the moment this becomes a movie. Highly recommended to any reader regardless of where you are in your life.