I’m not going to lie, I took one look at the title and thought to myself, really? How good can a book named Rat Park really be? But then I read the synopsis and I was even more intrigued. A troubled childhood, addiction and found family? Sounds like it was right up my alley. So, I thought to myself I’ll read the first few chapters and if I didn’t find myself liking it, I would DNF as I have to many books this year so far. None have really spoken to me.
I LOVED Rat Park. The first few chapters made me ache so much for Dominic and the life that he had been handed. As I continued reading and watched as Dominic’s life slowly turned into something he never wanted to myself broke my heart. The language used by Marina Vivancos really spoke to me. I could not stop reading until I finished the book.
This was a powerful story about drugs, self-blame, loneliness and violence. A story of a boy who saw too much too soon and couldn’t do anything to stop it. As much as it made me sad, I loved how realistic the story of this man and his addiction was told. It felt very realistic and true to the character. I also loved the Romero’s so much. They took a chance on Dominic and believed in him. As for the romance in this book? I adored it. Watching Dominic and Flor’s friendship develop over the years and turn into deep love and respect made my heart flutter.
I love the meaning behind the book about not letting things to define you and believing in yourself. That certain actions from your past cannot define your life forever. Once I figured out what Rat Park meant, I realised this title was definitely perfect! This book made my heart go whoosh but also made me cry!
I’m giving this book five stars <3