From New York Times bestselling author Courtney Cole comes “a raw, powerful, heart-wrenching read” (Robyn Harding, international bestselling author of The Party) about a son’s heroin addiction and its harrowing effects on both him and his mother, reminiscent of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir Beautiful Boy.
There comes a time when offering your life for your child’s doesn’t work, when you realize that it’ll never be enough.
The cold needle in his warm vein was a welcome comfort to my son at first. But then it became the monster that kept us apart.
Heroin lied, and my son believed. It took him to a world where the last year didn’t happen, to a place where his father was still alive. What Beck didn’t understand was that it couldn’t bring his father back from the dead. It couldn’t take away his pain, not permanently.
You think it can’t happen to you, that your kids, your family, will never be in this situation.
I thought that too. But you’re wrong.
Step into our world, and see for yourself.
Watch my golden boy become a slave to this raging epidemic. Watch me try and save him.
Drug addiction comes with a price.
Trust me, you’re not equipped to pay it.
Don’t miss this heartwrenching, evocative, yet hopeful novel—“it will rip your heart out but then leave you knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel” (Nikki Sixx, New York Times bestselling author of The Heroin Diaries).
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Raw and harrowing read about drug addiction
They weren’t kidding when they said it was a heartbreaking read. I cried, I had to put it down and walk away, just to come back and cry some more. It’s an eye opening read from mother’s point of view and the son’s point of view, which the son is the addict. It is a heart pounding, adrenaline filled, and race against time the entire book. A must read!
Saving Beck is about a young man who lost his way in life, to addiction. The
pressures of life got to him.
A heartbreaking backstory is woven into both characters points of view stating the emotional turmoil both encountered from the shared experience. Beck recounts the events that took place before bringing him to this point in his life. His mother does the same thing. It’s an excellent way to deliver the truth.
It’s unequivocally raw and honest. A family broken by tragedy, torn apart by guilt.
Each headed down separate paths of destruction until their worlds implode.
Beck is fighting for a life he’s not sure he deserves. His family and friends are by his side reminding him that he is still a good person despite the bad choices he made.
This story is character driven to help support Beck and his mother. This story illustrates the various ways people cope with tragedy and how each persons choices not only effect them but effect everyone else as well.
I’ve never read a story about the actual experience a person went through while addicted to drugs. I understand the process and stages of addiction, but to hear
Beck recount each and every time he took drugs was scary and eye opening.
This story was intense, it was filled with a sadness that is difficult to relate to. But
with love and much support this family manages to pick up the pieces of their broken life. I loved the unconditional love and support Nat gave her son throughout this book.
Courtney showed what addiction is and what it can do to a family and the person using. She illustrated along the way the importance in never giving up hope. She believed in her son’s recovery and believed if he set his mind to it he could accomplish it. She reminded the reader how good her son was and still is even after making bad choices. She states that’s is okay to call yourself an addict because it’s
a reminder that you are human and you survived the battle.
Saving Beck is a haunting, touching, and heart-wrenching story about a teenage boy’s downward spiral into the hellish world of addiction; and his grieving mother’s inability to help him.
Beck was a star football player, from a loving family, who was brought up to say, no to drugs. Yet, when tragedy struck his family, Beck couldn’t resist the seduction of escape. He wanted freedom from the agonizing pain, guilt and endless responsibilities that he’d been shouldering. But the more Beck relied on drugs, the worse his life became. When the relentless and unforgiving claws of addiction dug into Beck, he was powerless to fight back.
Natalie blames herself for her son’s Heroin addiction. After losing her husband, Natalie spent most of her time in a Xanax haze, lying in a darkened room. She knew that having her eldest son, Beck, care for his siblings, day in and day out, was unfair to him; Natalie just couldn’t get herself together enough to change that. Although people told Natalie that her son’s addiction was not her fault, she couldn’t help but think that it was. If only she’d paid closer attention to, the tale-tail signs, that were right in front of her. But, what she didn’t realize was, that Beck had his own demons he was dealing with. Things that Natalie knew nothing about.
This is a heart-breaking story of a Heroin addict. His pain, his existence, and what he had to do to survive. I read the book in a day because I was too emotionally involved to put it down. It touched my soul. The book is told from two points of view, Beck’s and Natalie’s. Saving Beck is a raw, engrossing, heartwarming, and emotionally draining novel. This is the first book that I’ve read by this talented author, but it won’t be my last.
Thank you, Gallery Books and NetGalley, for my advanced review copy. I loved it.