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NATIONAL BESTSELLER • An up-close portrait of the mind
of an addict and a life unraveled by narcotics—a memoir of
captivating urgency and surprising humor that puts a human face on the
opioid crisis.

 
“Raw, brutal, and shocking.
Move over, Orange Is the New Black.”—Amy
Dresner, author of My Fair Junkie


When word
got out that Tiffany Jenkins was withdrawing from opiates on
the floor of a jail cell, people in her town were shocked. Not because
of the twenty felonies she’d committed, or the nature of her
crimes, or even that she’d been captain of the high school
cheerleading squad just a few years earlier, but because her boyfriend
was a Deputy Sherriff, and his friends—their friends—were
the ones who’d arrested her.
 
A raw and twisty
page-turning memoir that reads like fiction, High
Achiever 
spans Tiffany’s life as an active opioid addict,
her 120 days in a Florida jail where every officer despised what
she’d done to their brother in blue, and her eventual recovery.
With heart-racing urgency and unflinching honesty, Jenkins takes you
inside the grips of addiction and the desperate decisions it breeds. She
is a born storyteller who lived an incredible story, from blackmail by
an ex-boyfriend to a soul-shattering deal with a drug dealer, and her
telling brims with suspense and unexpected wit. But the true surprise is
her path to recovery. Tiffany breaks through the stigma and silence to
offer hope and inspiration to anyone battling the disease—whether
it’s a loved one or themselves.

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Reviews for High Achiever: The Incredible True Story of One Addict's Double Life:

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December 27, 2017

No matter if you are the addict, the one wanting to understand the addict, or just looking for a good read this book is for you!
I ordered this book in hopes of understanding addiction. I am a Deputy and I work with girls everyday that have serious addiction problems. I was completely amazed that for someone (me) that doesn't read at all, I couldn't put this book down. Not only did I read it but I was transformed into the book and felt as though I was right there with Tiffany the whole time. I got this book cleared by my programs in our jail and bought 3 more copies. This book is now in 4 different pods in hope to touch at least one other person and help change a life. Thank you Tiffany Jenkins for sharing your story. You are truly someone that people can look up to.
5

November 20, 2017

Tiffany Jenkins is and amazing writer! This is one of the best books ...
Tiffany Jenkins is and amazing writer! This is one of the best books I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time. She is real and tells it all, whether good or bad. As someone that has always been affected by and wanted to understand addiction better I have read many books on the subject and have never been so captivated by one. It is definitely a page turner. Every time I put it down I could not wait to pick it back up again. This book will take you through many highs, lows, and even full on "belly laughs". Tiffany is a true inspiration and an example of someone that has climbed their way up from the depths of the hell that is addiction and made it to the other side as a happy, healthy, beautiful, woman and mother. If you are struggling with addiction or loves someone that is you MUST read this book. Even if you're not affected by addiction this book will take you on an adventure you will not soon forget. I highly recommend it to anyone!

With addiction being the epidemic it is today and many of us looking for any hope we can find I truly believe this book arrived just when it needed to and that it will touch many lives. Thank you so much for sharing your real, honest story and your amazing talent with the world Tiffany!
5

February 12, 2018

absolutely the BEST memoir I've ever read (and I've read a ton ...
OMG! This memoir is by FAR, without a doubt, absolutely the BEST memoir I've ever read (and I've read a ton of 'em)!! It had me on the edge of my seat, heart racing, and at one point I even noticed that I was literally holding my breath waiting to read the next sentence. I did not want to put it down....which might explain why/how I finished all 425 pages in 4 days. If I didn't have to work for a living or sleep I could have finished it in one day! The story is amazing, incredible, unbelievable and so much more. You'll have to pinch yourself a number of times (like I did) and say, "Wow...all this REALLY happened!" I'm even quite bummed out that I'm done with it now because I want more!! There are not enough stars or a sliding scale that goes high enough to rate this book! It's a MUST READ!
5

February 6, 2018

Amazing read. I want more!!!!!
This book. I’ll tell ya. As a recovering addict myself, I found so much comfort in this book, knowing I am not the only one who has thought and felt things and emotions that aren’t easily described. I read a lot of reviews saying that you would finish this book in one day and I thought “yeah right, it can’t be that good”. Well, they were right. I started reading it yesterday at 12pm and read all the way until I went to bed at 12:30am. My dear husband came home to me shooshing him because I was trying to read. From the first page of this book you feel like you are IN the story with the writer. I cried, I laughed, I gasped. I wish I never read it so I could read it again for the first time. What an AMAZING story of despair and redemption. I literally never write reviews for things on Amazon, but I felt so close to the writer in this book that I felt I would be wronging her by not letting others know that this book will suck you in and not let go until the last page- at which point you will be devastated that it’s over and wishing she had 10 more books written for you to dive into. Please Tiffany Jenkins - write more!!!!!!!!!
5

January 7, 2018

Captivating someone who doesn't read, this book is amazing!
I first discovered Tiffany from a funny video from Facebook. I could not stop at just one video, I had to find more; I did. Tiffany not only is funny but creative, real, sensitive and positive. She captivated me with her funny videos,yes. There are so many of those but also, thought provoking ones,videos where she portrays her creative side. Once in awhile you will see her sister in the videos and you can tell they have a heck of a bond. It is awesome. Tiffany also does live videos and is raw and real and down to earth about her journey and helping you on your's. You do not have to be an addict to enjoy her. This book is also about learning the thought process of one. Maybe you have a friend or family member that was or is an addict. Understanding their mindset could be a huge help for their journey as well as your's. This book talks about it life in Jail as if you are right there with her. You will feel the emotions and feelings of one struggling the addict life. You need to also understand though, she is just not an addict. She is a woman, mother, daughter,sister, friend and comedian. She will tell you she also struggles with depression and anxiety as well. She has come incredibly far. This book is perfect for those struggling, those in jail. Maybe if you can purchase this for someone that is in Jail, have it sent directly to them. Another outlet for them to see there is hope. It does have some trigger points in it. It is descriptive but, it needed to be! It took me a day and a couple of hours to finish it and I want to re read it. You or your loved one will enjoy this book!
5

Dec 26, 2017

Hope

I found Tiffany on FB one night when I couldn't sleep. One of her videos just popped up and I was like who is this chick? Now I am a follower of her site.
My 23 year old daughter is a heroin addict. This book gives me hope that someday she will be clean and sober. With all the death surrounding her lifestyle, words from someone that has chosen sobriety despite the odds gives me HOPE.
5

January 17, 2018

Amazing Real life story
I loved Tiffany's story. With a few differences, her story could be my own and even my daughter's. Addiction to alcohol and drugs, and mental illness is deep rooted in our family's genes. Every single day on this earth, that addiction taunts and tempts us. I am on opiates for a chronic pain disease, and I feel as though I'm at fault for my baby girl's addiction. She's in a methadone program currently, and I hope I will live long enough to see her totally clean and separated from opiates entirely. Tiffany's story gives me hope that my only child can get well too.
3

Jul 02, 2019

High school cheerleader goes to prison after manipulating everyone in her life and stealing from people and we are supposed to be rooting for her. The tone of this book is so "white valley girl" and the way she describes some of the black and brown girls in prison made me want to beat her up too. She seems to think that only those kinds of women end up in prison. She uses her whiteness and charm to get drugs and get out of getting caught and getting people do things for her. I think drug High school cheerleader goes to prison after manipulating everyone in her life and stealing from people and we are supposed to be rooting for her. The tone of this book is so "white valley girl" and the way she describes some of the black and brown girls in prison made me want to beat her up too. She seems to think that only those kinds of women end up in prison. She uses her whiteness and charm to get drugs and get out of getting caught and getting people do things for her. I think drug addiction is real and I don't at all judge her for what she did. I was annoyed by the way she described her trials with no mention of her privilege and the way she used and manipulated a whole bunch of people. She talks like a fun girlfriend telling a cool story, which I think makes the book readable, but I don't think it's the right tone for the subject matter ...more
5

November 28, 2017

Wow, what a book! It’s hard for me ...
Wow, what a book! It’s hard for me to get into a book. This one, I absolutely can not put down. Last night I had to force myself to put it down and go to sleep. Today, as soon as the kids were off to school I picked it back up and haven’t sit it down. I’m over halfway through and I’ve laughed (several times) and cried. This book has every emotion and knowing that it is a true story even makes those emotions that more surreal. I pray she continues on her book writing journey because I will read everyone she writes. Thank you for sharing your story Tiffany and giving so many people hope.
4

Jul 24, 2019

This book, a real life account of an addict and later on prisoner, reminded me quite a bit of the TV show/book Orange Is the New Black.

The book is in parts about the author’s time in prison – that’s where the Orange is the New Black similarity comes to play, and the other part is about her life as an addict.

Both parts of the novel are incredibly raw. An up-close, sometimes too close, portrait of an addict and what such a person would do for the next high.

The manipulation, the recklessness, and This book, a real life account of an addict and later on prisoner, reminded me quite a bit of the TV show/book Orange Is the New Black.

The book is in parts about the author’s time in prison – that’s where the Orange is the New Black similarity comes to play, and the other part is about her life as an addict.

Both parts of the novel are incredibly raw. An up-close, sometimes too close, portrait of an addict and what such a person would do for the next high.

The manipulation, the recklessness, and stone cold attitude astonished me. This book portraits the sad truth about an addicts mind. An addict ONLY cares about their next fix. Family, friends, boyfriends as well as moral and ethics – everything can become a kind of collateral damage.

I was hooked from the very beginning, I’m not going to lie about it. Some parts were hard to swallow and listen to. For example hearing the author describe her actions in such a cold and brutal way was a bit disconcerting to me. And her willingness to destroy her own life as well as everyone else’s was quite shocking.

On the other hand I applaud the author for being this truthful (I hope it doesn’t turn out to be a work of fiction). The brutal honesty, was refreshing and probably the reason why this book is so hard to put down.

The author narrated this book herself, and even though I had some doubts about it in the beginning, overall she did a fantastic job. She has an incredible way of telling a story. The book didn’t sound like a non-fiction at all. And the plotting was very well done.

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5

Nov 26, 2017

Literaly the best book I have ever read. I could not put this book down. When I did, I still found myself wondering what was going to happen next. I laughed ans cried. Found myself at a juicy part of the book and was trying to speed read to see what happened. I highly recommend this book. It's not very often I come by a book that has me so hooked...it literally was a better version of "Orange is The New Black" Literaly the best book I have ever read. I could not put this book down. When I did, I still found myself wondering what was going to happen next. I laughed ans cried. Found myself at a juicy part of the book and was trying to speed read to see what happened. I highly recommend this book. It's not very often I come by a book that has me so hooked...it literally was a better version of "Orange is The New Black" 😱 ...more
1

November 13, 2018

No recovery
It amazed me after reading this how many drunkalogs/drugalogs people were writing. Recovery is not about how much you drank/used it's about the life you build after you quit. Nothing this writer has accomplished she has done on her own. She got off on a light sentence went to rehab and even though she had just lost the love of her life hooked up with another addict and got pregnant. An absolute nono in recovery. She gets married aquires a home through a family member and proceeds to claim this is her work. In her book and all of her social media 12 step programs are not spoken about. People claim clean and sober even though they just relasped. There is no one talking recovery. Just "I did this so can you". In order to get clean and sober you HAVE to be in a 12 step program. You cannot use or drink. And absolute honesty is required. Tiffany is close than most to a relaspe and if she doesn't get humble and admit how she got where she did and get grateful for the program that cleaned her up she will use again!
4

May 9, 2018

Incredible Story of Redemption
I watched Tiffany open a Fab Fit Fun box knowing nothing about her and laugh-crying by the end of her FB live. I promptly then watched several more of her videos. When I told a friend how much I enjoyed them, she told me Tiffany was in recovery. I bought the book that night.

Her honesty and raw real-ness was breathtaking. I was awed by her story and how much she could remember! She has lived a powerful life already and I’m excited to follow along as she continues to help change lives.

**book has a lot of language**
1

Jul 30, 2019

First -- I love Tiffany online. She's hilarious and comes across as 100% genuine. Unfortunately, this might have been one of the most disingenuous books I've read.

It's possible to ignore the poor grammar and continuity errors (changing names of characters within the span of a page, for one?). And I really tried to like it, but the more I read the more I couldn't stand it.

It comes across as completely false humility. Her character would acknowledge that she was terrible and the worst, but that First -- I love Tiffany online. She's hilarious and comes across as 100% genuine. Unfortunately, this might have been one of the most disingenuous books I've read.

It's possible to ignore the poor grammar and continuity errors (changing names of characters within the span of a page, for one?). And I really tried to like it, but the more I read the more I couldn't stand it.

It comes across as completely false humility. Her character would acknowledge that she was terrible and the worst, but that was juxtaposed with an obvious sense of pride about how "outrageous" her addict story is. It was almost comical how she cartoonishly had other characters "gasp" and "jaw drop" and "eyes bulge" at the WILD OUTRAGEOUSNESS of her story, which was... not worthy of any of that. It was pretty run of the mill to be honest. There is no way that she shocks a therapist who is used to dealing with addicts. PLEASE.

She humble brags about being a master manipulator, without even ONCE acknowledging that she may have (perhaps often) been given the benefit of the doubt in the face of extremely obvious clues, because she was young and white and pretty. Even at points that seem like rock bottom, where she "doesn't want to live", felt more like a tantrum and not wanting to suffer the consequences of what happened. There is no meaningful relationship with any of her "best friends" in the book. She uses them to advance her plot just as she used people in real life to progress the Tiffany Show.

I think that the last conversation with the "bad" therapist was most enlightening. (view spoiler)[ Suddenly the doctor closes up and accusing her of spinning this fantasy and not being truthful. Tiffany rages about that and how unfair it is, and I realized that I was beginning to be like this therapist. And she knew it. So she was cutting her readers off at the pass, putting it out there to US that "if you think I'm making stuff up or exaggerating, even if it TOTALLY seems like I am, you are terrible just like this doctor who conveniently is also doing illegal things." Manipulating us into feeling shame about questioning her. But come on...she is conveniently a bunk mate with the pregnant girlfriend of the guy she sold guns to who got caught? She was conveniently on a ridealong when the guy who taught her to shoot up died? It's all trite and made for TV, just like her "turning point" moment with the convenient old man spewing the most generic shit I've ever read about "Don't let your life slip away". (hide spoiler)]

It feels like this whole thing is a manipulation of the readers. Some of it happened, I'm sure. But it feels fake, poorly edited, and just another version of the Tiffany Show that got her in the mess in the first place. ...more
5

Nov 24, 2017

I couldn't put it down!

I saw this book was released today so I purchased it as I follow the author on Facebook and I love watching her videos and only knew a little about her life story but I was always intrigued. I'm not a reader and if I do get a book it better be good because I need to be hooked immediately. I purchased the book this morning and just finished it. So soo good! I couldn't put it down! I had moments of shock and moments where I wanted to cry. I wanted to reach into the book and I couldn't put it down!

I saw this book was released today so I purchased it as I follow the author on Facebook and I love watching her videos and only knew a little about her life story but I was always intrigued. I'm not a reader and if I do get a book it better be good because I need to be hooked immediately. I purchased the book this morning and just finished it. So soo good! I couldn't put it down! I had moments of shock and moments where I wanted to cry. I wanted to reach into the book and hug her. She is truly inspiring. I am so happy her story has a happy ending. I started watched her videos because she always made me laugh and I related to her mommy moments! I am so happy I purchased the book. Thank you for writing it. ...more
3

August 8, 2018

It was okay, not really remarkable
I see all the 5 star reviews and I genuinely just don't get it. I didn't know anything about Tiffany before reading, that may have something to do with why I'm not falling all over myself over this pretty standard tale of addiction. I did not find it very shocking, her story has been told a thousand times, and nothing made this one stand out for me. It wasn't even funny, and I had heard she was humorous. If you really want to read a gut wrenching, shocking, yet hilarious tale of addiction, I suggest 'American Dug Addict' by Brett Douglas. I'd skip this one.
1

May 20, 2019

This was possibly the most self-serving memoir I've read. Jenkins literally describes a therapist as telling her she "has a way of talking that makes [her] feel like [she's] in the room next to [Jenkins]". She acts like she's this master manipulator, that EVEN her police officer boyfriend didn't know she was getting high. Ignoring, apparently, the fact that most addicts believe they have everyone fooled, and most families ignore the warning signs.

If you're looking for a memoir of addiction, you This was possibly the most self-serving memoir I've read. Jenkins literally describes a therapist as telling her she "has a way of talking that makes [her] feel like [she's] in the room next to [Jenkins]". She acts like she's this master manipulator, that EVEN her police officer boyfriend didn't know she was getting high. Ignoring, apparently, the fact that most addicts believe they have everyone fooled, and most families ignore the warning signs.

If you're looking for a memoir of addiction, you can do much, much better. ...more
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Mar 08, 2019

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 1) what sex was the dog?
2) this book was irritating to read bc of the improper grammar (not her slang, the proper way to write a paragraph with dialogue)
3) how can you be an addict and misspell the spelling of the pills?
4) hear the vein pop.
5) you can’t get Hep B from using IV. You catch it by SHARING NEEDLES. I have a hard time believing the SWAT cop said that.
6) I’ve had fucked up therapists but this story is pretty tame, and she was accused of lying. It’s weird, bc I think she’s lying 1) what sex was the dog?
2) this book was irritating to read bc of the improper grammar (not her slang, the proper way to write a paragraph with dialogue)
3) how can you be an addict and misspell the spelling of the pills?
4) hear the vein pop.
5) you can’t get Hep B from using IV. You catch it by SHARING NEEDLES. I have a hard time believing the SWAT cop said that.
6) I’ve had fucked up therapists but this story is pretty tame, and she was accused of lying. It’s weird, bc I think she’s lying about that 😂

I have 8.5 years clean. I’m also a RN. I also was administering Chemo before I got clean. In my few years of nursing of starting IVs, I’ve never “heard” a vein pop. You can feel it. But I’ve never heard, in the 20 years of studying addiction/nursing ever heard someone say they heard a vein pop when you hit it with a rig. Then again, I wasn’t an IV user.

The only thing that separates her, which she admits, is she dated a cop.

She has an enormous Ego. She still sees the world as it owes her something. I’m a “white” cheerleader 🙄 There is something so irritating about her, how she thinks she’s funny when she’s not. I know she would be a person I would avoid at a meeting.

She went through a few tough things during moments like all addicts do, but she never really hit a rock-bottom in terms that she REALIZES what she did was wrong.

I thought once I got thru her drama that she would have something inspiring to say. It’s a LONG book. That never happens. (According to the Bio, she’s known on social media.) That is why I’m scoring this so low. Her personality wants to give one star, but you have to give a person credit for making it 5 years clean. If you are expecting something with substance, you won’t find it here unfortunately.

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3

Aug 08, 2018

Came to this book after reading more about the author after spending most of one afternoon laughing out loud at her videos on Facebook ("Juggling the Jenkins"). She could be me/you/our sisters/friends.....dealing with anxiety and cramps and life in general. To find out that she is a recovering drug addict who uses her voice on social media and in real life to support people coping with addiction/incarceration of any sort was surprising. Not the supporting part; I mean, you totally get the Came to this book after reading more about the author after spending most of one afternoon laughing out loud at her videos on Facebook ("Juggling the Jenkins"). She could be me/you/our sisters/friends.....dealing with anxiety and cramps and life in general. To find out that she is a recovering drug addict who uses her voice on social media and in real life to support people coping with addiction/incarceration of any sort was surprising. Not the supporting part; I mean, you totally get the feeling she would be a great shoulder to cry on, someone who would eat popcorn and M&M's with you until you both wanted to puke, then she'd get you to wash your face and soldier on. Nope, it's the felon/recovering addict part that makes you go, YOU? With your nuclear family and nice house and obvious intelligence and wit? Well, yes, of course her. Addiction doesn't play favorites, how many times must one learn that particular lesson? As to this book -- it was easy to read and told part of her story. But I found myself wishing she'd dealt with her teenage years and how/when/why she started using, to give full context. Probably quite selfish of me. ...more
1

Apr 07, 2019

Quit after 80 pages. Poorly written and lacked depth. Baffled by the number of positive reviews.
5

July 26, 2019

I am ashamed to admit that I was one who thought that addicts chose to do drugs, that if they OD'd oh well. They did it to themselves. After reading Tiffany's book, I now get it. They may have chose to start doing drugs but then the drugs take over and they have no choice but to continue. I cried many times reading this book because I finally understood. I am so proud of her for overcoming her demons and speaking out to help others do the same. Her FB posts are so funny and informative. Tiffany, you rock!
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Oct 09, 2019

I won this via goodreads giveaways in exchange for an honest review. All my opinions are my own.
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Started good but then lost steam for me *shrugs*

Seems I'm in the minority here. Not a horrible book, just a miss for me.

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Aug 25, 2018

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A lot of self-aggrandizing without a comparable amount of self-reflection. Even when Jenkins is ostensibly self-critical (which is limited to just calling herself some version of “worthless junkie”), her flaws are always overridden by the insidious actions of the myriad bad actors who surround her. The predatory inmates and the authoritarian C.O.’s (both of whose dialogue is rendered in cringeworthy, racialized “ebonics”), the duplicitous deputies, the enabling friends, the sinister dealers, the A lot of self-aggrandizing without a comparable amount of self-reflection. Even when Jenkins is ostensibly self-critical (which is limited to just calling herself some version of “worthless junkie”), her flaws are always overridden by the insidious actions of the myriad bad actors who surround her. The predatory inmates and the authoritarian C.O.’s (both of whose dialogue is rendered in cringeworthy, racialized “ebonics”), the duplicitous deputies, the enabling friends, the sinister dealers, the doofus boyfriend - they’re all complicit, and somehow come across as more at fault than Jenkins herself. Not only is there no exploration of what was underneath her consistently awful behavior (it’s all chalked up to and excused by her disease), Jenkins also doesn’t appreciate, much less recognize, how her socioeconomic and racial privilege (“I was a cheerleader!” aka “I was a white person!”) enabled her to get off virtually scot-free (and achieve internet-fame-level redemption!) for crimes and behavior that would literally destroy poor people of color. ...more
5

Jan 09, 2018

An inside look of the turmoil of addiction. This book helped me better understand what my family and friends battling addiction go through. It helps you understand reasoning and ways of thinking while in the grips of addiction. I do think this will be a hard read for recovering addicts as drug use is talked about quite often, how its used, how it feels.. that type of thing. I'm still in shock this is about the same girl making those relatable, hilarious videos on Facebook. High Achiever is the An inside look of the turmoil of addiction. This book helped me better understand what my family and friends battling addiction go through. It helps you understand reasoning and ways of thinking while in the grips of addiction. I do think this will be a hard read for recovering addicts as drug use is talked about quite often, how its used, how it feels.. that type of thing. I'm still in shock this is about the same girl making those relatable, hilarious videos on Facebook. High Achiever is the proof so many are looking for that you can overcome this. Tiffany Jenkins is hope. ...more
5

July 11, 2019

Absolutly Amazing! I literally could not stop reading this. I read this in 2 sittings. This is probably the most inspiring and true story I have ever read about addiction and recovery. Tiffany is an amazing person and I truly appreciate the time she spends sharing her life with the world. If you are...Full Review

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