Book Review – Not all out of Love
Author: Jamie Schoffman
Rating: 4 of 5
Format: Kindle, Paperback
Imagine getting to a point in your life where you slice open your arm, inject your body with drain cleaner, and take every pill you have in the house in order to make the pain stop.
Imagine living through such an event and later reinventing yourself to build a successful career and meet the love of your life.
In “Not all out of Love” Jamie Schoffman chronicles his life in Tallahassee Florida where his interest in body building lands him a job at a bar named Chubby’s. There he meets Ali Ple, a bar tub girl selling drinks with her mobile cart. They connect and enter a passionate and fiery relationship but one which eventually ends leading Jamie to make an attempt at taking his own life.
Schoffman does not pull and punches and his memoir is raw, honest, and shows the desperation of a man who literally believed there was nothing left to live for. By all rights, after subjecting his body to such extremes, there is no explanation for why he survived. Perhaps it was to share his experience and demonstrate to others who might contemplate taking their own life, that there is hope and can get better. In fact, I’m certain that even when Jamie’s relationship with Ali was at its best, his new life is substantially more fulfilling than he could have imagined possible. His experience serves as a reminder for all of us that pain passes and time can not only heal all wounds but usher in an even better future.
Note: A complimentary copy of this work was provided in return for a review.