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Drinking Games by Sarah Levy is a debut memoir and social critique about the role alcohol has in our lives (4/5 stars)

Drinking Games by Sarah Levy
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Drinking Games by Sarah Levy is a debut memoir and social critique about the role alcohol has in our lives. I listened to the audiobook, which clocks in at a little under seven hours and is narrated by the author.

Through hard internal work and a good support system, Sarah Levy started her sobriety at age twenty-eight in New York City. From the blurb: “It’s an examination of what our short-term choices about alcohol do to our long-term selves and how they challenge our ability to be vulnerable enough to discover what we really want in life.”

In the author’s note at the beginning of this book, Levy notes that this book is a collection of essays. This makes sense, since the author got her start in published writing via magazines. I think maybe the publisher should have marketed this more as a collection of essays than a memoir, since most memoirs I read tend to be pretty linear. I don’t tend to mind non-linear timelines in memoirs/essay collections, but I did get a little confused about what part of her life she was talking about at times.

Levy’s prose is quite good, very approachable and insightful. As a fellow female Millennial, I felt very seen in a lot of these stories. I teared up several times during this book; all of the stories have some weight to them. I read the whole thing in one sitting while I was packing my apartment for a move.

CW: binge drinking, blackouts, eating disorders, suicidal ideation, body image issues

I received a copy of this book to review. All opinions contained herein are my own. Drinking Games releases on January 3, 2023.

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