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Nic Sheff was drunk for the first time at age eleven. In the years that followed, he would regularly smoke pot, do cocaine and Ecstasy, and develop addictions to crystal meth and heroin. Even so, he felt like he would always be able to quit and put his life together whenever he needed to. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. In a voice that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture for us of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself. It's a harrowing portrait — but not one without hope.

Review:

"A memoir written in the present tense, Sheff's first book graphically if self-indulgently recounts his addictions to various drugs, including meth and heroin, and his attempts at recovery as he reaches his early 20s. His narrative begins as he relapses, not for the first time, after 18 months of sobriety, taking readers down an exhausting spiral that includes a naïve attempt at dealing drugs; burglarizing his father's house; hooking up with a vulnerable ex-girlfriend and calling 911 after she overdoses; sleeping and shooting up in his car; and going back into detox. The cycle then repeats, in all its minute details. Flashbacks recall a privileged San Francisco childhood riven by divorce, youthful promise and subsequent degradation (prostitution, stealing from his young half-siblings). Nic's absorption in himself, often expressed as self-contempt, makes much of his account read like a therapeutic exercise, especially given its repetitious nature. While it's tempting to ask if Nic's journalist father's version of the same events, in Beautiful Boy (Nonfiction Reviews, Apr. 30, 2007), supplies the insights missing here, this book's unmediated, down-and-headed-for-disaster sensibility may, for some teen readers, produce the same transfixing quality as a highway accident. Ages 15-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Sheff narrates his story with many flashbacks that document in excruciating detail the drug underworld and how he dragged others whom he loved and himself down into a seemingly bottomless pit of despair. The author, in recovery (though not for the first time), nonetheless ends his memoir on a note of hope." School Library Journal

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"A raw, directionless search for the truth." Kirkus Reviews

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"Sheff's ruminations are too repetitive (even obsessive), yet readers who know of his world will grab this." Booklist

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About the Author

Nic Sheff is a recovering drug addict and alcoholic. Still in his early twenties, he continues to fight daily battles with his addictions. His writing has been published in Newsweek, Nerve, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Tweak is his first book.

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devonp, July 23, 2008 (view all comments by devonp)
i loved this book. It hit very close to home having gone through things on the other side of the fence. i can't wait to read his dads book to get the full light on things. amazing!!!!!!!!!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416913627
Subtitle:
Growing Up on Methamphetamines
Author:
Sheff, Nic
Publisher:
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - General
Subject:
Situations / Drugs, Alcohol, Substance Abuse
Subject:
Social Issues - Drugs, Alcohol, & Substance Abuse
Subject:
Health & Daily Living - Substance Abuse
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Rehabilitation
Subject:
California
Subject:
Drug addicts
Subject:
Methamphetamine abuse
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Publication Date:
20080219
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
f/c jkt
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in
Age Level:
15-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A memoir written in the present tense, Sheff's first book graphically if self-indulgently recounts his addictions to various drugs, including meth and heroin, and his attempts at recovery as he reaches his early 20s. His narrative begins as he relapses, not for the first time, after 18 months of sobriety, taking readers down an exhausting spiral that includes a naïve attempt at dealing drugs; burglarizing his father's house; hooking up with a vulnerable ex-girlfriend and calling 911 after she overdoses; sleeping and shooting up in his car; and going back into detox. The cycle then repeats, in all its minute details. Flashbacks recall a privileged San Francisco childhood riven by divorce, youthful promise and subsequent degradation (prostitution, stealing from his young half-siblings). Nic's absorption in himself, often expressed as self-contempt, makes much of his account read like a therapeutic exercise, especially given its repetitious nature. While it's tempting to ask if Nic's journalist father's version of the same events, in Beautiful Boy (Nonfiction Reviews, Apr. 30, 2007), supplies the insights missing here, this book's unmediated, down-and-headed-for-disaster sensibility may, for some teen readers, produce the same transfixing quality as a highway accident. Ages 15-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Sheff narrates his story with many flashbacks that document in excruciating detail the drug underworld and how he dragged others whom he loved and himself down into a seemingly bottomless pit of despair. The author, in recovery (though not for the first time), nonetheless ends his memoir on a note of hope."
"Review" by , "A raw, directionless search for the truth."
"Review" by , "Sheff's ruminations are too repetitive (even obsessive), yet readers who know of his world will grab this."
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