BJC, September 2, 2011 (view all comments by BJC)
A fascinating story of a father's journey through his son's drug addiction. Discouraging in parts, but that's reality with addiction. Important lessons for anyone dealing with family members with serious problems.
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A_Machette, May 20, 2009 (view all comments by A_Machette)
This book is a very intense read. You really feel it when the writer fights with when to be the parent who never stops trying to help his son and when he feels like its pointless to continue trying to break his son's addiction. My heart goes out to the Sheff family and it is a blessing that this book is getting so much attention because it may help prevent meth abuse in the future.
This book is awesome.
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asdfjklbailey, April 8, 2009 (view all comments by asdfjklbailey)
This is a truly inspirational memoir. Although at times it can be frustrating and hopeless, I still seemed to have an optimistic attitude and faith that I couldn't let go of. It showed the intensity of meth addition and the heart wrenching consequences. This was a beautiful story that I will remember for years to come.
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Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction
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Houghton Mifflin Company -
"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
by Library Journal,
"An excellent book that all parents can relate to whatever their children's situation."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"A clear picture of what meth addiction does to a user and those who love him that may help other families better cope with this growing problem."
Sheff's story tells of his teenage son's addiction to meth, in this real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the family's gradual emergence into hope.
What had happened to my beautiful boy? To our family?What did I do wrong? Those are the wrenching questions that haunted every moment of David Sheff s journey through his son Nics addiction to drugs and tentative steps toward recovery. Before Nic Sheff 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 subtle warning signs: the denial, the 3 A.M. phone calls (is it Nic? the police? the hospital?), the rehabs.His preoccupation with Nic became an addiction in itself, and the obsessive worry and stress took a tremendous toll. But as a journalist, he instinctively researched every avenue of treatment that might save his son and refused to give up on Nic.
Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help.
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