Synopses & Reviews
"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)
"Nic Sheff captures the insidious, almost vampiric mind-set of an addict who shrinks from any form of light. This book has more in common with Kafka than any recovery memoir I've read."--Mary Karr, New York Times bestselling author of Lit and The Liars' Club
"Sheff's journey, like his writing, is raw and compelling, heartbreaking and witty. An honest and gracious reflection about the challenges of recovery."--Rachel Sontag, author of House Rules: A Memoir
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.