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  • High Achiever

  • The Incredible True Story of One Addict's Double Life
  • Written by: Tiffany Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Jenkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (658 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

National Best Seller

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 20 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, pause resisting memoir that sounds 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. 

©2019 Tiffany Jenkins (P)2019 Random House Audio

What the critics say

“Raw, brutal and shocking. Move over, Orange Is the New Black. There’s a new bitch in town.” (Amy Dresner, author of My Fair Junkie)

“A great read for fans of Orange is the New Black, this national bestseller provides a shocking and propulsive look into the life of an addict.... Jenkins breaks down the stigma around drug addiction and recovery in her first book, giving readers a story that is both joyous and heartbreaking.” (BookBub

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Not bad, not great

Author has a knack for story telling and does a good job voicing other characters. I expected a bit more details about the double life but a lot of it is from the time spent in prison - it was captivating but not why I chose this book. I think growing attached or knowing more about how she and her life was before the drugs, more about the ‘good stuff’ would have sold the ‘double life’ more. Nevertheless, put into perspective how life can easily spiral and was a quick, easy read. I didn’t put down for the day it took me to get through.

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Loved it.

I loved your book. But still have soooo many questions. Your ex boyfriends parents wanted to see you? What was that about? Did you ever see your ex again? Your book has so much information in it but it feels unfinished. It leaves me wanting to know more.

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Definitely recommend!!

Couldn't stop listening, I loved it. Thank you for sharing your inspiring story with the world.

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Amazing!

loved it! What an amazing woman! such an inspiration! This book should be made into a movie!

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Wow!

Amazing!!!! Highly recommend! It is such an inspirational story and she is an inspirational person!

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AMAZING!!!!

Such an empowering book! Tiffany did an amazing job expressing herself so well I felt like I was watching her life play out right before my eyes.

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A must read!

Great book from the viewpoint of a recovering addict. Everyone should read this book. If you are an addict, love an addict, or don't know yet, you should read this book.

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Obsessed! I couldn’t stop listening!

I had already followed Tiffany on social media but didn’t know her full story…
I love that this book is read by her - she tells things in such detail that it paints such a clear picture…I felt like I was watching the events unfold! Highly recommend to all my friends!

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Fantastic Book

This was an amazing book. As a mother of a recovery addict, it helped me to dig deeper into understanding her story, which was very similar. I am very proud of my daughter in her struggles and her sobriety. I highly recommend this book!

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  • Kim
  • 2022-06-17

Incredible Story!

I'm so glad Tiffany read her own story. She was easy to listen to, so honest and definitely inspiring. I believe her story will change many lives.

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  • Jim Thompson
  • 2019-10-16

I Get it, You Were an Addict

I've been in recovery for 32 years and I applaud Ms. Jenkins on turning her life around. But, my God, to go through every excruciating detail of her usage and then focus so little on her recovery? Just not for me. The miracle of getting sober is what it is complicated, hard to describe and incredibly beneficial for a wider audience to understand. Relating the behavior that leads to sobriety is mostly dull as toast, repetitive and indulgent. That is certainly the case here. Every addict thinks their story is so UNIQUE, hate to say it, we're all pretty much the same plateful of problems and hijinks.

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  • Kc80
  • 2019-06-21

One of the best books I have EVER listened to.

Tiffany is the most amazing human I have ever seen. Her truth and candor is unlike any other. I watch her VLOG and can't get enough of her. She is freaking hilarious!! I want to be her friend. I wish we could hang out. This story is so good I think it should be a movie. The was she describes her story is so detailed I could see it playing through in my head!!!

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  • Autumn
  • 2019-06-21

⭐ Absolute Best Must Read Book ⭐

This book is a must read for everyone because drugs affect every person's life one way or another and regardless of whether you're someone who is judgemental toward addicts, the parent/spouse/friend of an addict, or if you're going through the daily struggle battling addiction yourself...THIS BOOK IS FOR ALL OF US! It is an amazing page turner and you will laugh, cry and walk away with a better understanding that we are all just human beings that make mistakes but that can overcome them! Thank you for being such a brave inspiration Tiffany Jenkins!

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  • Bostonterrio
  • 2019-06-21

Highly inspirational !

The audio version of this book is incredible! Having the author narrate makes the experience more meaningful. Tiffany has a unique down to earth personality and listening to her tell her story in her own voice was quite moving. While based largely on her substance abuse and the path of destruction it took her on this book is for everyone not just those in recovery. She addresses the life events that prompted her into stepping into the world of alcohol and substance abuse, which include depression and anxiety. The author inspires the reader to get out of their comfort zones and embrace their awkwardness!! I highly recommend this book!

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  • Gainz
  • 2019-09-03

It’s ok

It’s ok, get tired of how selfish the main character is and dramatic. It’s just ok.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-19

WOW!!!

amazing journey she has been on. full of laughs and tears. I could feel every word in my heart. I laughed with her and cried with her. just wow!!!

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  • 2019-06-21

Truley an incredible story.

I finished this in 2 days. so good, I HAD to find out what happened next... powerful and honest.

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  • Gary A. Sjoberg
  • 2020-02-12

Cringeworthy

I’ve been reading for a long time and this is the worst “writing” I’ve encountered outside of my college fiction courses. Clumsy, lazy sentence construction riddled with cliche after cliche. Awkward use of vulgar language. And a tedious description of her time in jail. I stopped after 10 pages or so, and returned my audio book for something better, by which I mean anything else.

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  • cubed
  • 2019-06-21

Amazing!

Tiffany is just perfectly real. Fell in love with her realness in motherhood on Juggling the Jenkins and haven't been able to quit her. Great book, and I loved the she narrated it herself.
Thanks for sharing your story Tiffany!

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  • Jax M.
  • 2019-06-19

Inspiring true story by an incredible survivor!

Loved this book when I read it in paperback and loved it even more told by Tiffany herself! This book is for anyone who needs to hear that they are not alone and needs encouragement to keep going and never give up!
Her balance of complete transparency and relatability is remarkable! This is a story that needed to be told and she did a beautiful job!

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