Now Available! A painfully accurate story about mental illness and addiction that culminates with hope.

“The Flawed Ones was a fantastic look into the world of mental illness and addiction. Filled with bizarre and lovable characters, many different kinds of illnesses are portrayed, all connected in that some trauma or event in each person’s life affected them in an intense way. The Flawed Ones shows that no matter what illness and/or addiction you are suffering from, you are not alone. You are connected to a large group of people in the world who feel the same way you do. And your flaws are what make you special to this world.” – Alexis Robinson

In this compelling novel, Jay Chirino channels his own struggles with depression and addiction, creating a universal story that is painfully relatable for those with similar issues, and eye-opening for the ones that haven’t dealt with the challenges of mental illness.

After leaving behind a trail of drug-addled destruction, Jay finds himself confined to the walls of a psychiatric hospital. He is now compelled to confront his actions, his issues, and the past that led him to such downhill spiral. But what surprisingly affects him most are the people that he becomes surrounded by; people with considerable deficiencies that will shed some light on the things that truly matter in life.

“The Flawed Ones” is a thorough examination of the struggles of mental illness, depression, addiction, and the effects they have on the human condition. Most importantly, it proves that physical and mental shortcomings do not necessarily define who we truly are inside- that the heart is, in fact, untouched by our “flaws”, and that love will always prevail above all.

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Whether or not we have gone through similar struggles, this read will give insight into the human condition, that which is common to us all. With Jay’s empathy and candor, not to mention his poetic turns of phrase, I am inspired to mold beauty out of tragedy , watch sunsets, and never give up. – Mari Carlson  (Mari’s Book Reviews)

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The Flawed Ones was a fantastic look into the world of mental illness and addiction. Filled with bizarre and lovable characters, many different kinds of illnesses are portrayed, all connected in that some trauma or event in each person’s life affected them in an intense way. The Flawed Ones shows that no matter what illness and/or addiction you are suffering from, you are not alone. You are connected to a large group of people in the world who feel the same way you do. And your flaws are what make you special to this world. Alexis Robinson

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I found this story to be incredibly eye-opening. Depression and addiction is thoroughly examined and described with a sensitivity to those who have gone through/are still dealing with these issues. I found The Flawed Ones to be written in a manner that for those who have never experienced or witnessed first-hand the destruction of an addict or the dark hole of depression in a way that made it quite clear what happens in the brain and the thought processes of these people. While I can speak for depression (thought not to this severity), I cannot say how accurate the addiction part is described. What I have witnessed first-hand of addiction though, I can relate and say that in my experiences, everything seems to be spot on and quite accurate. – Danielle

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The book covers the entire range of debilitating, disheartening shadows what people go through. From being positioned helpless!… Crippling Not only oneself but families, relationships…It is the unseen malady…A must readJames Palka

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Enter the world of mental illness and the challenges that one faces when having a debilitating mental illness. Bravo to Chirino for sharing the story. This story takes on the journey of the challenges of mental illness compiled with addiction, which leads to a downward tail spin which never seems to end. It’s a well written experience of survival and challenges, within the confines of a hospital, and confrontation of a past that is regrettable and forgettable. I enjoyed the story and felt drawn into. This story should be shared, so read it and share it with others. Amy’s Book Shelf Reviews

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The Flawed Ones by Jay Chirino is an amazing personal story that takes your breath away. – Andrew Michaelides (Thirsty for Health)

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 The beauty of this book lies in the fact that it not only concentrates on the mental illness but it also tells us about what lies beyond the dark face of the illness itself. This book is a highly compelling and a very intelligent book. – Heena (The Reading Bud)

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The admission to the hospital, 1:1 interviews with a doctor, and the embarrassing attempts to share something to a larger group up to the rehab tips and bid farewells to fellow patients before leaving form an impressive narrative – Henk-Jan van der Klis

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The Flawed Ones by Jay Chirino is a truly insightful book that explores the personal impact of a mental illness on the authors own life. The author draws upon personal experiences in an intelligent way, that allows readers to relate to his personal story in many ways. – Hinesh Nathwani

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For a first book this is a valiant effort and Jay writes with a natural ease and style. I hope that Jay continues his vocation as an author and would be interested to see what type of work he would follow the flawed ones with. – Paul Galbally (Men Tell Health)