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"The author's second memoir begins with Sheff in an Arizona rehabilitation center after relapsing into drug use in 2005, while he was writing Tweak. After he is expelled for having a relationship with another patient, Sue Ellen, he moves in with her and attempts to stay sober, but his addictive behavior continues (he develops a brief, intense alcohol problem, snorts cocaine, steals his mother's medication, and relies on marijuana). While on tour for Tweak, Sheff feels like 'a phony — a goddamn liar,' since he still has to smoke marijuana to face life. The present-tense storytelling and Sheff's authentic voice will keep readers engaged, even when it's unclear where his story is going. He presents visceral images of both the gritty details of an addict's life and the desperation of a life of sobriety (' 'Cause really, what life is there to live? Working this dead-end job? Eating takeout with Sue Ellen?'). Saying a traditional 12-step approach 'doesn't work for me,' Sheff doesn't provide simple answers — or any answers, really — but readers will respect his ability to move forward 'at my own pace.' Ages 15 — up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWxyz LLC)

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In his bestselling memoir Tweak, Nic Sheff took readers on an emotionally gripping roller-coaster ride through his days as a crystal meth and heroin addict. Now in this powerful follow-up about his continued efforts to stay clean, Nic writes candidly about eye-opening stays at rehab centers, devastating relapses, and hard-won realizations about what it means to be a young person living with addiction. Nic Sheff and his father, David Sheff, captured a nation of readers with their bestselling memoirs Tweak and Beautiful Boy.

About the Author

Nic Sheff's 2008 bestselling memoir, Tweak, chronicles his battle with crystal meth and heroin. In 2008, while on a highly publicized book tour with his journalist father David Sheff, author of the bestselling Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, Nic relapsed again. We All Fall Down explores Nic's recent relapses and presents a young man struggling to find his own personal path to sobriety.

Nic currently lives in Los Angeles with his two dogs, Ramona and Quimby. When he's not writing, Nic volunteers at a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping teenagers battling addiction.

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M F Hadley, May 3, 2011 (view all comments by M F Hadley)
I read "Tweak" so I was curious to read about the next chapter in Nic Sheff's life. In spite of his ongoing struggle with addictions of all kinds the book does have a promising ending. It serves as a testament to the reality that each person's addiction must be treated in the way that truly works for that individual - a fact that flies in the face of much current thought on addiction recovery. I appreciated Mr. Sheff's honesty. I thought it was interesting that toward the end of this memoir, Sheff realized that it might be beneficial to address a mental illness with which he had been previously diagnosed, thus highlighting the commonly-occurring connection between mental illness and drug and alcohol abuse. All in all, I recommend this book for those who struggle with alcohol and drugs and others who love those whose lives are an ongoing fight to beat the disease of addiction.
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Ramona Qwimbly, April 5, 2011 (view all comments by Ramona Qwimbly)
I had the opportunity of reading this book before it publication date and have given my opinion some thought. I have read Tweak and Beautiful Boy (his dad's book about Nic's addiction) so I had some idea what to expect out of Nic's second book or well, his writing style.

This book is incredibly sad and does not feel like much has changed since Tweak. Nic comes across as a self righteous, manipulative, addict who goes through life using people, much like he does with drugs. There is no real plot, just Nic's rambling thoughts and rationality to every one of his actions. There is very little remorse in his writing and very little truth to what is really going on. It's as if he is writing this and using it as justification to all his past actions. He moves in with his girlfriend, Sue Ellen and makes it blatant that he is using her for support financially and emotionally only to run right through her as he has seemed to do in all his past relationships. I imagine Nic as a coward, a very sad one. Who in the end you can't help but feel sorry for because his reality is so far off from the truth.

I've followed Nic. I watched Oprah with his father and him and have read some other things. It is completely disheartening to know that there are people making money off of his many addictions and personality disorders. It's almost encouragement for Nic to remain "The Struggling Artist" because he gets praise and money with another book deal, speaking tours, etc. It is sad that our culture is so fascinated with train wrecks. You don't want to watch, but at the same time you can't look away.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316080828
Subtitle:
Living with Addiction
Author:
Sheff, Nic
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Teen Issues
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20110405
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 10 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 x 1 in 0.75 lb
Age Level:
from 15 up to 99

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The author's second memoir begins with Sheff in an Arizona rehabilitation center after relapsing into drug use in 2005, while he was writing Tweak. After he is expelled for having a relationship with another patient, Sue Ellen, he moves in with her and attempts to stay sober, but his addictive behavior continues (he develops a brief, intense alcohol problem, snorts cocaine, steals his mother's medication, and relies on marijuana). While on tour for Tweak, Sheff feels like 'a phony — a goddamn liar,' since he still has to smoke marijuana to face life. The present-tense storytelling and Sheff's authentic voice will keep readers engaged, even when it's unclear where his story is going. He presents visceral images of both the gritty details of an addict's life and the desperation of a life of sobriety (' 'Cause really, what life is there to live? Working this dead-end job? Eating takeout with Sue Ellen?'). Saying a traditional 12-step approach 'doesn't work for me,' Sheff doesn't provide simple answers — or any answers, really — but readers will respect his ability to move forward 'at my own pace.' Ages 15 — up. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWxyz LLC)
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