War, Love, PTSD, Love, Drugs, Love, Bank Robbery, Love, Prison

Cherry by Nico Walker is a novel that has been adapted by Apple TV into a new movie. Both the book and the movie are jam packed with the horrors of drug abuse, war, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and armed robbery all set against a backdrop of twenty-something love and romance. As a reader of the novel or a viewer of the movie, you feel you are looking into the details of a life that is rapidly spinning out of control. From a somewhat normal late teen crush, to Army service in Iraq the story illustrates the course of so many young people who came of age in the early 2000s. Coming home from the war to a full blown OxyContin / Heroin addiction epidemic paints the picture of a society gone wrong onto the day-to-day life of one young couple. Look beyond the book and movie and you’ll find it’s a mostly true story. The author, Nico Walker, is a young guy who grew up in Cleveland Ohio, served in Iraq, came home, suffered from PTSD, got addicted to drugs, robbed banks and is now in jail for armed bank robbery.

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