A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me by Jason Schmidt is a memoir by a debut author that left me breathless. Jason writes in a simple straight forward manner – as if he is speaking directly to the reader. He is brutally honest about himself, his family, and the people he met and was influenced by before his eighteenth birthday. Growing up on the West Coast during the 80’s, raised (or at least controlled by) his father and his father’s “friends” his life is chaotic and sad. But this isn’t a sad book. It is instead an honest look at an alternative lifestyle. Only one thing detracted from my enjoyment; I read this in the Kindle version and the images of Jason’s list are not large enough to view. Learn more about Jason Schmidt on GoodReads.