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“A brilliant, harrowing, heartbreaking, fascinating story, full of beautiful moments and hard-won wisdom. This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts.” — Anne Lamott
“‘When one of us tells the truth, he makes it easier for all of us to open our hearts to our own pain and that of others.’ That’s ultimately what Beautiful Boy is about: truth and healing.” — Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia
What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family? What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted David Sheff’s journey through his son Nic’s addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic became addicted to crystal meth, he was a charming boy, joyous and funny, a varsity athlete and honor student adored by his two younger siblings. After meth, he was a trembling wraith who lied, stole, and lived on the streets. David Sheff traces the first warning signs: the denial, the three a.m. phone calls—is it Nic? the police? the hospital? His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every treatment that might save his son. And he refused to give up on Nic.
“Filled with compelling anecdotes and important insights . . . An eye-opening memoir.” — Washington Post
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Music journalist David Sheff's addiction memoir is as complicated as life itself: at once kind, poignant, funny, enraging, brutally honest, and entirely unsettling. His book focuses on his eldest son, Nic, who became hooked on methamphetamine as a teenager—and it explores how the havoc of addiction reverberated through the entire family. To get Nic's own perspective on his experiences, read one of his memoirs—Tweak or We All Fall Down—next.
Expanding on his New York Times Magazine article, Sheff chronicles his son's downward spiral into addiction and the impact on him and his family. A bright, capable teenager, Nic began trying mind- and mood-altering substances when he was 17. In months, use became abuse, then abuse became addiction. By the time Sheff knew of his son's condition, Nic was strung out on meth, the highly potent stimulant. While his son struggles to get clean, his second wife and two younger children are pulled helplessly into the drama. Sheff, as the parent of an addict, cycles through denial and acceptance and resistance. The author was already a journalist of considerable standing when this painful story began to unfold, and his impulse for detail serves him personally as well as professionally: there are hard, solid facts about meth and the kinds of havoc it wreaks on individuals, families and communities both urban and rural. His journey is long and harrowing, but Sheff does not spare himself or anyone else from keen professional scrutiny any more than he was himself spared the pains and joys of watching a loved one struggling with addiction and recovery. Real recovery creates and can itself be its own reward; this is an honest, hopeful book, coming at a propitious moment in the meth epidemic.
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This book hit close to home. Amazing story
Most tedious memoir
I’m 3/4 into the book and have skimmed through several areas where the content is either repetitive, not interesting mostly because of its irrelevance, and the many overly detailed and elaborated descriptions the author uses. I’ve actually read 2 other books in between this one. Normally I wouldn’t review a book I have not entirely finished, but after realizing this book would be half the length if the author didn’t use so many nonsensical and useless fillers, I realized my opinion was not going to change anyhow. The author’s almost boasting and glamorizing father image he paints, feels to be a justification of some sort.
I read this book a few years back. I was in tears!