Zoo Station

Zoo Station

(a Memoir) : the Story of Christiane F

Book - 2013
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In 1978 Christiane F. testified against a man who had traded heroin for sex with teenage girls at Berlin's notorious Zoo Station. In the course of that trial, Christiane F. became connected with two journalists who helped to turn her story, which begins with a dysfunctional but otherwise fairly normal childhood, into an acclaimed bestseller.
Publisher: San Francisco :, Zest Books,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ?2013
ISBN: 9781936976225
Characteristics: 366 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cartwright, Christina - Translator


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Aug 31, 2015

Talk about feeling ripped off. I'd heard of this book for many years, and been told how "realistic" it supposedly is. As a former heroin addict for well over ten years myself I was interested to see what the big deal was with this book. Well, now I see I should have paid more attention to the blurb that said this person testified against someone back in 1978, as usual to get out trouble herself, and then two journalists got involved, and then etc etc. Tell you what, this book has a reputation that is TOTALLY undeserved. Hype, complete and utter hype. Take it from someone who has been there, I would even wager this Christian F (no wonder she wouldn't use last names for her or anyone else involved) was nothing but another spoiled kid who wanted attention and figured being "bad" would do it. Because I KNOW this kid has likely never even done heroin, or if she has, very little. this whole book comes across as a "shock tale" told by someone who heard this or that from someone who might have been there. Her knowledge of drugs in general is laughable, her story makes little sense because it is, trust me, likely 90% total fiction, and her entire reason for ghost writing this mess in the first place was obviously to get attention and sympathy while no doubt slithering out of her own legal troubles. But, you can believe me, someone that has been there, for real (and being exactly the same age as her, I have been there at the same era she is talking about too, if not the same part of the world.) or believe some publisher trying to hype a new edition. Seriously, if you want a down and dirty tale of sordid drug use save yourself the time and grab something else, because this is total crap. Try something like Trainspotting, at least it was factual.

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