04/22/2014 01:53 pm ET

How A Promising Ivy League Student Ended Up A Heroin Addict And Convicted Felon

"I want a cigarette. I know I have a cigarette here. Which friggin pocket did I put it in? I'm patting myself down frantically trying to find this damn pack because nothing makes me want a cigarette like the massive shot of heroin I just did."

Thus opens the first chapter of Keri Blakinger's manuscript of her book IV League — a title, purposely misspelled, that alludes to her drug use during her time at Cornell University from 2007-2010. She wrote the book, which she finished in January, because she found that people she met in prison were fascinated by her story, as it wasn't a "particularly common prison background story," she said.

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