Book Reviews of And I Don't Want to Live This Life

And I Don't Want to Live This Life
And I Don't Want to Live This Life
Author: Deborah Spungen
ISBN-13: 9780449205433
ISBN-10: 0449205436
Publication Date: 6/12/1984
Pages: 432
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.

4.6 stars, based on 19 ratings
Publisher: Fawcett
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
This is one of my all time favorite books! I have read it many times. Nancy Spungen was a profoundly disturbed child who got NO help at all from the medical community. I'm not sure if was the times (she was born in 1958) or what but my heart abolutely breaks for this family and what they endured with her. As a child she tried to stab a sitter with scissors and attacked her mother with a hammer. Doctor's response? Just a phase, normal, etc. Absolutely NUTS!! Many years later Mrs. Spungen saw a doctors report that mentioned the possiblity of schizophrenia but this same doctor did not share his thoughts with the Spungens and in fact quit seeing her after that. Once again, not sure if it was the times but it appeared that doctors just kept passing her off to be rid of her as they really didn't know what was wrong or what to do with her. She was born cyanotic (cord wrapped around her neck)and try as she might, Mrs. Spungen could not get any doctor to consider that maybe this had something to do with her problems. Evidently now days doctors do think there is a connection between traumatic births and emotional problems in children and parents get the support and follow up needed. To late for Nancy as she was stabbed to death by Sid Vicious of Sex Pistols fame at the age of 20. Absolutley tragic.
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Deborah Spungen recounts the sad life of her daughter Nancy, whose troubles began as a toddler and whose recklessness and self-destructive tendencies led her to become a drug addict by her teenage years. Ms. Spungen describes the shame and frustration of watching her daughter's life spiral further and further out of control. Despite her mother's best efforts, Nancy eventually tore the family apart, and the Spungens only achieved some measure of peace after her death at the hands of the infamous Sid Vicious.

For most of us, it was just another horrible headline. But for Deborah Spungen, the mother of Nancy, who was stabbed to death at the Chelsea Hotel, it was both a relief and a tragedy. Here is the incredible story of an infant who never stopped screaming, a toddler who attacked people, a teenager addicted to drugs, violence, and easy sex, a daughter completely out of control--who almost destroyed her parents' marriage and the happiness of the rest of her family. "Honest and moving...Her painful tale is engrossing."
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As well written and deeply moving as it is profoundly disturbing, this book gives a glimpse behind the perhaps necessarily one dimensional portraits painted in the media, and illuminates the deeply flawed health system that failed Nancy Spungen.
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I loved this book! It was fascinating and heart-wrenching to hear the story of this mother plod along through life with a schizophrenic daughter and a medical system unprepared to deal with this frightening disease. It's interesting to hear how the media can create a stir out of someone else's life and never bother to ask the right questions about the person (such as mental stability). A great read!
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This book was wonderful. I read it in 2 days, could not put it down. I never knew the pain and mental anguish that Nancy and her family went through.
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Wow. that's all I can say. I just finished reading it, and I'm still in shock of how a family can get through this and survive.
Read it in one day, could NOT stop and put it down.
Gives the story of Nancy Spungen, through her mother's eyes and experiences.
Raw and honest.
Frustrating and sad.
An absolute read- you'll want to go out and help someone in some, any way after reading this.
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I took this book out at the library and I'm telling you I was not disappointed. It is a sad story, but it sure held my interest. It is definately worth reading.
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Good book! Very sad.
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WOW. This book is emotionally engaging and a page-turner.

I picked it up because I was curious about "Sid & Nancy." Although Sid Vicious is mentioned in the beginning, I quickly forgot about him and became engrossed in the sad story of Nancy and her family. The story of the Spungens shows how the mentally ill fall through the cracks of society's safety nets, which are ill-equipped to help them.