Book Review | Drugs Make You Un-Smarter

Title: Drugs Make You Un-Smarter

Author: Savanna Peterson and Jill Ammon Vanderwood

My Review:

Drug use has had a devastating effect on my family as we lost a beloved young family member to an overdose at a young age. The loss haunts me every day and I frequently wonder if there is anything different that I could have said or done to have changed the way it turned out. The loss of her life is so senseless and I will never be able to understand what happened and “why”.

Drugs Make You Un-Smarter is a very real and down to earth book that would be appealing to tweens and teens because it is written from the perspective of fifteen year old author, Savanna Peterson who took a stand against drugs when her family was affected by drug use.

The author and her grandmother collaborated on this book together and it includes stories of people who have abused drugs, including actors and other professionals. It effectively shows the young reader what will happen to their life when they use drugs. What makes this book different for the reader is that it is written from the perspective of a peer who had every opportunity to use drugs but took a stand and went in a very different and positive direction. It also shows the reality of those who took a different path and were devastated by drug use.

I think this book should be required reading for all tweens and teens. I just wish my loved ones story had turned out differently and I would do anything to have just one more minute to talk to her, hold her hand and tell her that her “Aunt Mo” loved her more than life itself. Though reading this book and reliving the emotions of our story was extremely difficult I pushed through this very worthy read and I have written this review in my niece’s memory. If one person reads this review and is inspired to get this book for a loved one, possibly preventing another tragic loss it will have been worth it.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


Maureen is a SAHM who left the Corporate healthcare field to home educate her 6, 7 and 8 year old children. She is a voracious reader for both herself & her kids and also enjoys a natural and organic lifestyle. She lives in Orlando, Fl with her husband Mark, three children and 5 year old boxer, Jack.

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