• Author: Cyndy Drew Etler
  • Publication: April 4, 2017
  • Source: Kindle Edition  | DRC
  • Rating: ♥♥♥*

I never was a badass. Or a slut, a junkie, a stoner, like they told me I was. I was just a kid looking for something good, something that felt like love. I was a wannabe in a Levi’s jean jacket. Anybody could see that. Except my mother. And the professionals at Straight.

From the outside, Straight Inc. was a drug rehab. But on the inside it was…well, it was something else.

All Cyndy wanted was to be loved and accepted. By age fourteen, she had escaped from her violent home, only to be reported as a runaway and sent to a “drug rehabilitation” facility that changed her world.

To the public, Straight Inc. was a place of recovery. But behind closed doors, the program used bizarre and intimidating methods to “treat” its patients. In her raw and fearless memoir, Cyndy Etler recounts her sixteen months in the living nightmare that Straight Inc. considered “healing.”


I received an advance digital reader’s copy but this does not affect or influence my review.

This is a true story told through a 14  year old Cyndy Etler’s perspective, a memoir of everything she experienced before and especially during she was inside the said drug rehabilitation program called Straight, Inc. Cyndy Etler details the sixteen harrowing months she spent at this teen rehab facility that the ACLU called “a concentration camp for throwaway kids.”

This is a book that tackles a lot of issues: family, drug abuse, parental guidance, peers, etc. A very honest and raw content, I did have a hard time believing that these people mentioned in the book are real because what kind of person do such horrible things to others? An eye opener to the readers, a book which contains so much more than a story but also a voice of victims of abuse.

*I cannot rate this book through its story because it is a life experience, and the things that happens in our lives cannot be justified with 5 stars or 10 stars as a standard. I rated this as a two star because of the writing style, it didn’t made me feel so hooked into the book. There were parts that were hard for me to understand and it was dragging not because of the story but because of how it was written.


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