I certainly would never wish this on anybody. It scares the hell out of me to be so lost and helpless and out of control and afraid. Before Nic 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. But I really believe it's harmful over-ind This is a book full of numerous examples of how over-idealization of a son by his father can cause as many problems as insufficient attention paid to the child. And men did seem to like me. Do you abduct your child and drag them off to treatment? It was obviously stretched beyond it's means, and Sheff often relied on random quotes from movies and songs to fill space.
I hope that the Sheff story will help those other families not feel so alone, and that it will ignite more conversation on these serious topics. I was more interested in reading his son's account of the same events, but now that I've read this, I don't think I'm up for it! He painted such a perfect picture of his own fatherhood, it was a little hard to take for as long as this book was. Because of the power of movies, and movies starring great actors, that you get to spread the message even further. Eventually Nic was able to build up trust and reach back out to his sister and brother. He says that stealing money from his little brother's piggy bank in order to buy drugs is one of the lowest things he's ever done.
It was 2010 and I was a 21-year-old daily smoker of black tar heroin. The son's book is not as polished, but is unflinchingly honest. At the time of writing his book, Nick did not yet have the maturity or the distance to write a balanced story. What did I do wrong? At first getting high seemed like the only thing that could ever make me feel any different. It took a violent relapse one summer in California to convince him otherwise. Bravo to David Sheff for giving an honest voice to the other victims of addiction. He lived on the street for some time, sold his body for cash, dealt drugs, and stole money from his family.
I's gots to get crackin on this book--I am sharing it with a friend and I have to read it to give her enough to time to read it. Addiction as a disease is genetic, but the onset of drug use is environmental. But I think the movie did a good job showing that reality without glamorizing it. Not to mention, the father and son both did it. It's not the best work of non-fiction, but any stretch, but I'd pretty much recommend it to anyone.
I changed my rating from a 5 to a 4 after I read Tweak however. David: I feel the same way when I look at the scene. I really, really wish they'd cut out all the quotes and song lyrics. Of course, last year, I think 72,000 people died. We need to be focusing on getting people help. But I do believe that reading this book will bring humility and gratitude to those of us who have only had to witness the struggle as we've seen it in friends, and children of friends, and friends of children, and a rare empathy, if not comfort, to those whose circumstances have brought them more intimately into the struggle.
Nic's memoir as the addicted son gave me the needed context and perspective to better understand Beautiful Boy. I read this with a very heavy heart as time after time Mr. He makes himself physically sick. Sheff portrays addiction and its confusion in a way which is immediate, informative and heartbreaking. He hopes for the best for his son but he learns he has to literally and emotionally disengage completely because. Posso dizer que tive para com ele um sentimento ambíguo, se por um lado me era extremamente difícil parar de ler, por outro, sentia que não aguentava ler mais.
In the end, addicts follow uniform patterns of behavior. We are in the people business. Sheff didn't miss a fucking beat. In Tweak, Nic reveals some very graphic events in his early childhood, and his father exposed him to too much. However, I continued to feel an eternal ache of feeling unloved, and sorrow no one cared about my accomplishments. It felt like the author was looking for complete absolution, when there was none needed. You all are not alone.
I changed my rating from a 5 to a 4 after I read Tweak however. I am making an exception and breaking one of my own rules. And that's where the power of this book really lies - in its ability to provoke our empathy for both parent and child, because in doing so it enriches our connection, our humanity. My neglect to mention my drug use to the doctor treating me nearly caused me to have a heart attack. No doubt it cannot reflect complete truth - who of us can see all of ourselves and our loved ones at all times? But I kept trying and trying.
He seconds guesses himself repeatedly. He hopes for the best for his son but he learns he has to literally and emotionally disengage completely because. Case in point: at some point after Nic has his 32587th relapse, David and Jasper go for a hike together. One of the best things about sobriety for me is the incredible friendships I have. This memoir fills an important void, because, as Sheff revealed, their suffering is life-altering and nightmarish too, just in a very different way, and they need validation and support. This is not uncommon or unnatural, though. If you can believe this father, his son was nothing short of the second coming.