Crystal Clean

Posted on: September 25th, 2013 by David M.
Assigned categories: Movers and Shakers, Non-Fiction
Crystal Clean book cover

By Kimberly Wollenburg


“There are precious few things in this life of which I am certain. One is the love I have for my son, Andy…
The other thing of which I am certain is this: no one wants to be an addict.” – from the book.

Here’s what readers have to say:

“Kim’s writing style is clear, lucid, revealing, and on a par with the best of skilled non-fiction authors – Thor Heyerdahl, Thomas Thompson, even James Michener or my favorite, Jan de Hartog, and she is able to make the reader relive her addictions – all of them – to the point that I HAD to put the book down several times and “de-tox” myself, or at least breathe normally, before I could return to it. I’ve never felt so much inside the skin of someone who is going through the horror of addiction as when reading this biography.”

“Kim has cleansed her soul by once again facing the demons of her past, and I can only imagine how much strength it took for her to reopen her wounds and recount them one by one.”

“Crystal Clean is a book I couldn’t put down about an amazing woman who was once completely immersed in the world of crystal meth. If you didn’t know that she made it through the other side (because she is telling her own story), you might not believe she will come out of it alive. Kim lays out her life story, with memories that help show her state of mind as she started using different drugs and then meth. But it’s not a “woe is me” story, and she doesn’t dwell on the bad things that contributed to her mental state. It is ultimately a story about how a mother’s love can overcome the terrible odds associated with this addiction.”

“This is a well-written, entertaining book. The author’s style is light even when when the subject is not. It would have been easy to simply write about the misery that must come with Meth addiction. Instead, the author gives insight into her background and motivations. You can’t help but root for the author as she describes her descent into drug addiction “hell,” even though she is responsible for all her choices.”

“Being a mom of a special needs son (only child) and struggling to be everything to that child, while barely hanging on yourself is such a familiar story to me.”

“While reading this book, it hit home so much I had to stop reading it for moments at a time. So real and writing was so descriptive, I had to separate her feelings from my own in some regard.
Thank you for opening up to your readers and trusting us with your story. I picture you kind of like a female “Rocky” winning in the end. Can’t help but root for you and Andy!”

“What an insightful and bravely written book. What Kim has shared is an amazingly helpful understanding to anyone who has been touched by the outreaching fingers of meth addiction and mental illness. And to those who haven’t, a good reminder that not everyone or everything is as it may seem.”

“A beautiful memoir about one mom’s struggle with her lot in life and how she chose to deal with it using illegal drugs. It’s told in a brave, clear manner with no careful wording. I loved reading more about Andy and was absolutely rooting for Wollenburg through it all.”

“At first, you don’t understand Kim. Then you love her.”

“Kim illustrates with graphic detail and genuine emotion the pain of addiction as well as the sometimes circuitous path to recovery. This book is extremely well written. I wish I lived next door to this courageous mother, daughter, and woman of worth.”

“CRYSTAL CLEAN: A mother’s struggle with meth addiction and recovery is an honest and transparent look at the world of meth addiction and recovery. As a reader, I was swallowed up into this world of addiction, pain, anger, and fear. Many times I wanted out — I wanted to skip to the end of the book and be assured that this young woman was going to be okay. I applaud the author for her obvious courage in sharing her story and exposing her pain and allowing herself to be so vulnerable. The author’s writing is superb — strong imagery and an authentic voice. “


About the Author

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Kim was born and raised in Boise, Idaho where she still lives with her son, Andy. Born with Down syndrome and some serious medical issues, Andy, now 21, has always been a fighter. Known to people close to him as, “Andy-Bug,” Kim calls him a, “perfect person and the best human,” she’s ever known.

In 2011, while finishing her memoir, Kim started her own business called Kimbo’s Cookies where she makes custom designed sugar cookies. (You can find her work on her Kimbo’s Cookies Face Book page or web site.) Kim’s business will be featured in the Dec. 2012 issue of Women’s Day magazine.

When asked why she wrote a book that was so personal and revealing of the worst time in her life, Kim says, “If you let enough people into your closet, there’s no room for skeletons.” Her hope is that Crystal Clean will show other addicts, like herself, that no matter how far they’ve fallen, there is a way out. Families and loved ones of addicts have found clarity and understanding of meth addiction, and have said, “This book is a must read for anyone who has loved a Meth addict.”

Kim wrote her first story at age 9, and has been writing in one way or another since then. Crystal Clean is her first published book.


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