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Publisher's Summary

Suzanne's not sure she has what it takes to be the best mother to her daughter, Honey. She can't seem to shake the blues from losing Honey's father to Nick, the man who got the man who got away. Or maybe those aren't the blues, just more symptoms of her sprawling multi-symptomatic bipolar illness: an illness Suzanne can't bring herself to take all that seriously, no matter what her doctors say. How serious can an illness be whose symptoms are spending sprees, substance abuse, and sexual promiscuity? And worst of all, under the watchful round eyes of the pills the doctors' plied her with, her friends are starting to find her a little...boring.

The obvious solution is to take a little walk on the wild side. But what starts out as a brief gambol through the scary/fun world of 21st-century dating becomes a vigorous jog-trot through the latest drug wonderland, and finally a wild gallop toward a psychotic breakdown and a stay in "the bin."

Based on a truant's story, The Best Awful is Carrie Fisher's most powerful and revealing novel: hilarious, moving, and fully informed by the wisdom of a true survivor.

©2004 Deliquese, Inc. (P)2004 Simon & Schuster, Inc. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Fisher's powerful and partly autobiographical tale of mental illness translates brilliantly into audio, thanks in large part to the author's skillful narration....Fisher's warm voice and smart, sardonic delivery will keep listeners riveted all the way through." (Publishers Weekly)
"Fisher's strengths lie in her witty dialogue and her lambasting of Hollywood at its most shallow...." (Booklist)

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  • Heather
  • 24-01-2020

I love Carrie Fisher’s books

Carrie tells her stories in such a raw, knowing and really funny way. I love her wit, humor, style and the stories she tells. The Best Awful is funny, charming and definitely worth a listen!

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  • Cathy
  • 05-01-2017

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Carrie is an amazing writer! ! I enjoy her wry wit and humor while relaying very difficult life circumstances! !! I especially enjoy that she narrates this very personal story, and she does it so well! !

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  • kathy eldridge
  • 04-01-2017

Good book

If you could sum up The Best Awful in three words, what would they be?

Why didn't she just use their real names. It just her real family story

If you could take any character from The Best Awful out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Carrie, she's fabulous

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-10-2018

Painfully witty and wonderfully hopeful

This is the 2nd book by Carrie that I've listened to; the first being the "Princess Diarist" which I loved. At first I thought it was just a fictionalized story and was almost disappointed. That's when I realized it may have been "fictionalized" but it really wasn't. The names had been changed to protect the innocent, although thinly veiled. I appreciate the candor, the humor, the pain. I felt as though I was with her character every step of the way. It's not a particularily happy story, even though it had humorous, even funny moments where I laughed out loud. But it's real or could be real. That's what makes the story so compelling.

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  • Christine Cochran
  • 05-03-2021

Carrie is perfect

Her stories are funny and moving and the characters feel real because they are. Time well spent, again and again!

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  • lindsay warner
  • 31-03-2016

Suzanne's Dilemma

Powerful, funny,scary book. Ms. Fisher describes the descent into drug use in a rhythmic way of writing that gets the reader on the ride with the character. This intensifies and billows in the insanity description s.. Ms. Fisher is a brilliantly gifted writer. I wish we were pen pals. We are both Libras born 1 day apart.Hmmm.

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  • T. Herbert
  • 27-12-2018

What a wordsmith

Immeasurably sad that her unique voice and talent are forever silenced. Even more sad that she never really knew or gave herself credit for the gifts she had.

I love that she personally reads her books. Even more than her movie role, it is a way to keep a piece of her… The real her

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  • Jackyde
  • 02-10-2017

I loved it.

particularly harrowing if you're bi-polar...which I am. And yet romantic. great, read in her own voice.

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  • Leigh A. Barrett
  • 12-09-2017

Candid and heartbreaking

The courage this woman had to share this. Alternately hilarious and gut-wrenching, hearing the story from the woman herself adds immensely to the heartbreak.

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  • llake
  • 30-08-2017

Carrie at her best

Carrie Fisher is and was a phenomenal writer. I've read most of her books. But this by far was her best. Semi autobiography about her dealing with being bipolar. Loved her sense of humor and her use of wordage. Trust me you will enjoy this book.



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  • Danielle
  • 17-04-2016

Wishful Drinking in fictional form

Would you recommend The Best Awful to your friends? Why or why not?

I would prefer one of Carrie's autobiographies instead.

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Basically the same as her autobiographies but with different names attached.

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  • Kieran
  • 03-05-2011

Fantasy catches up with me and knocks me flying.

I was always a huge fan of Carrie Fisher. Yes, I loved her when she was a Princess and I had posters of her everywhere and even an action figure or two. Well my memories of her are fond, well, they were. After listening to this download I began to feel guilty for my fandom. Clearly she was being manipulated and was not enjoying the celebrity journey. I recall her being interviewed in the 80s and just wanting to be old enough to ask her out. Had I known she was on drugs and our of control, I am sure I'd have questioned my choice. This is a great book. Its hard hitting if you have ever fantasised about sharing a moment with Carrie Fisher.

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  • Chris
  • 16-01-2017

Had me hooked...

Good and kept me hooked all way through..Found Carrie Fisher easy to listen to .

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  • melissa bullock
  • 28-02-2017

fantastic

could read this book over n over again and not get bored with it. just a shame we wont be seeing any more books from carrie 😢 . may u r.i.p 💖

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