Warren’s Finest – Entered in 2017 ATAI Book Award Contest
Warren’s Finest is Danny Range’s harrowing memoir about his tragic past as a drug addict. After reaching rock bottom more than once, Danny Range was inspired to better his life. Now, as a motivational speaker and businessman, he shares his story to inspire others who may be on the path he was once on.
There’s a lot going on in this book, and not all of it is particularly favorable. There were many instances where the jokes didn’t translate well; some of the humor ends up falling flat or coming across as mildly offensive rather than being genuinely funny. The constant font changes, exaggerated narrative, and seemingly irrelevant tangents proved to be more distracting than entertaining. Also, there were many areas of Warren’s Finest that (unfortunately) seemed to almost condone the abuse of drugs and alcohol, as if it was all some big joke rather than the serious problem it is. This is a read-at-your-own-discretion type of book, and even so, readers could get by (and perhaps be better off) by just reading the last chapter.
Warren’s Finest does have a great deal of potential, though, particularly in the portions that discuss his “comeback” and eventual bettering of his life. This book would benefit from sharing more of the optimism and encouragement Danny Range shares in the book’s closing chapter, as these portions are what made the whole book. Also, credit has to be given for Danny Range’s creative storytelling; it comes across as a bit eccentric, but it certainly serves to keep the pages turning. Warren’s Finest missed the mark in some areas, but it ended on a high note, and that alone makes the book a worthwhile read. There’s certainly a lesson to be learned here, and Warren’s Finest may be a valuable tool in that endeavor.
Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.