Verdict: HAPPY CHASING HAPPY is an inspirational story for anyone who has experienced physical, mental or emotional problems and wants to discover the happiness that lies within their hearts.
From a teenage thug to a man who understands happiness.
A primer for anyone curious about the world of drug addiction, HAPPY CHASING HAPPY is a whirlwind rollercoaster ride through a man’s life as a teenager with zero motivation and less-than-zero ambition, down the spiraling well into drug abuse and addiction, to his climb back up into the world of the living. He uses the world that saved him – Mixed Martial Arts – to illustrate his understanding that happiness comes from within. It is in equal parts horrifying, harrowing and uplifting.
Isip pulls no punches describing his personal experiences with the likes of alcohol, Ecstasy, cocaine, “sexitcy” and hallucinogenic drugs, and his final ride with a combination of all of the above. His manner of description brings his audience into the center of his experiences, particularly his voyage through his first dance with Ecstasy, right up to and through his suicidal failure. Each chapter is called a “round”, a nod to his experiences in the world of Mixed Martial Arts, and an analogy to how his life spiraled down much in the way a fighter loses momentum as a fight proceeds. They are honest, blunt and frank. The drawings accompanying each story are crudely drawn; they graphically illustrate each round’s point and further accentuate the power of Isip’s story. The book is formatted in a manner similar to the “Dummies” books, with sections marked “Message!” which provide the science of each drug and the biology of what, exactly, each does to the brain and the body. This is invaluable to understanding the extent of damage Isip did to his physical and mental being. There are a number of bloody parts to the story, particularly scenes in the MMA ring and adventures from “down the shore”, described in plain language, leaving nothing and everything to the imagination; they require a strong stomach.
HAPPY CHASING HAPPY is an inspirational story for anyone who has experienced physical, mental or emotional problems and wants to discover the happiness that lies within their hearts.