You learn nothing about David Sheff's childhood and I only found out that one of Nick's grandparents died from alcoholism from reading Tweak. He also presents a lot of research on crystal meth and its effects on users. The writing was good, but I couldn't stop thinking that rich people are very lucky. I understand that drug addiction has its ups and downs, much like this book, and I understand it's a true account, but somewhere near the middle I really didn't care about Nic's story anymore. In 1986, when Nic was just four-years-old, his mum and dad divorced and David took him to live in NYC. I don't know whether or not you have to be a parent to be moved by it, but I feel hi. Thier kids can be drug addicts and not go to jail. It makes you laugh and cry. How to we love our kids and hate what they do to themselves and to us? To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There was a problem loading your book clubs. Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2017. We assign a color and icon like this one to each theme, making it easy to track which themes apply to each quote below. There is hope. Publishers Weekly. This detailed literature summary also contains Topics for Discussion on Beautiful Boy by David Sheff. This was an amazing, touching book told from the other side of addiction - a side not heard very often - the side of a parent watching their child slowly spiral out of control due to addiction. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. A self serving dribble of a book. But I really believe it's harmful over-indulgence to so glorify our kids' importance and intelligence. by Jesse Kornbluth, AARP The Magazine, March 2008 | Comments: 0 All Non-Fiction on Goodreads with 50,000 to 99,999 ratings, 9 Books that Goodreads Editors Highly Recommend. ", David Sheff is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling memoir, “In his suicide note, Kurt Cobain wrote, "It's better to burn out than to fade away." Also the impact on his family immediate and scattered and his heartbreak as he seems to understand and wonder if it is his fault. In the film, directed by Felix van Groeningen, young Nic is a happy, intuitive squirt … I'll need a while to really digest Beautiful Boy, but I do want to read the son's account, (Tweak by Nic Sheff), to try to understand the experience from his view. I've had this book for a year before I could bring myself to read it. Okay, I just re-read what I wrote, and I know it's probably too harsh. What I learned from this book? Vicki, also a respected writer, cut her teeth at Peoplemagazine. This book will save a lot of lives and heal a lot of hearts.” — Anne Lamott “‘When one of us tells the truth, he makes it easier for all of us to open our hearts to our own pain and that of others.’ That’s ultimately what Beautiful Boy is about: truth and healing.” — Mary Pipher, author of Reviving Ophelia David Sheff wrote a book about his son Nic, and about the period when he was addict to Crystal Meth. It pulses with the unconditional love of a father in a way that makes me admire him and the guts it took to tell this story. The book also won the Barnes & Noble "Discover Great New Writers Award" for nonfiction and was an Amazon Best Book of the Year (2008). After I read Beautiful Boy, I was really freaked out about the accessibility of drugs, and the father made it seem as if everyone in the world will eventually try drugs at least once in their life. Sometimes the picture the author paints of his son seems a little whiter than white, both before and during his battle with addiction (in the periods when Nic is sober and sane) which, for me, detracted from the tale. Can't an average child from an average family suffer, and cause suffering, on the same scale? It is the story of a father watching his child destroy himself and the havoc that wreaks on the family he comes from. The book grew out of the article "My Addicted Son" that Sheff had written for The New York Times Magazine in 2005. He was quoting a Neil Young song about Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols. Please try your request again later. Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction Read this Web-Exclusive Book Review by Jesse Kornbluth. Not my story but close enough. So much of his horrifying journey struck a chord or a memory. Well, the rehab/relapse cycle is, uhhh, cyclical, which means that *you probably shouldn't write an interminable chronological account of it*. Beautiful Boy A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction (Book) : Sheff, David : David Sheff's story is a first: a teenager's addiction from the parent's point of view--a real-time chronicle of the shocking descent into substance abuse and the gradual emergence into hope. David Sheff is the author of Beautiful Boy, published in 2008. David Sheff’s book was titled Beautiful Boy; Nic’s was called Tweak (both were published in 2008).Van Groeningen and his co-writer, Luke Davies, have … It affects all walks of life. I found this book annoying and unrevealing (for a memoir) and yet I couldn't put it down. I'll be thinking about this book for some time to come and definitely recommend it. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. No quick fixes, no answers, no miracles on this journey, but hope and love in a world that often reads as idyllic a place for children to be reared but pernicious drugs easily accessed hover as temptation in paradise. September 4th 2018 So here is a sad, beautiful book about a father who loves his son so much but he was struggling with drug addiction. He was not telling the entire story about his son however. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. Beautiful Boy is a non-fiction story about a fight: a desperate father and a doped son embarked in a battle against methamphetamine. I checked this book out of the library after hearing David Sheff and his son Nick interviewed on NPR. I was so engrossed in this memoir. I'll take the living and the healthy.”, “An alcoholic will steal your wallet and lie to you. I felt such deep sympathy for both the father and the son, all the while being so frustrated by Nic's perpetual relapses. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. It's a disturbing and challenging read as The Radium Girls was I found. (A fact also glossed over by Sheff in his memoir but revealed in Nick's memoir Tweak). I changed my rating from a 5 to a 4 after I read Tweak however. The same things that make me consider this book "just okay" (the repetition of themes, the over-dramaticism, the self-absorption) are the same things that make it so realistic and relatable to anyone who's had with an addict in their lives. This is a grueling and sad account of a family torn apart when a beloved son with a promising future becomes addicted to alcohol and meth (one of the worst of all drugs because it permanently alters your brain). DAVID SHEFF is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Beautiful Boy. Before meth, Sheff's son, Nic, was a varsity athlete, honor student, and award-winning journalist. When I was released from jail one year ago, I decided to read Tweak. Beautiful Boy David Sheff 57-page comprehensive study guide Features detailed chapter by chapter summaries and multiple sections of expert analysis ... Sheff’s struggle to overcome his codependent addiction to Nic’s addiction is one of the key themes of the book. I feel for all of these ‘beautiful children’ and the families who love them. Why did I do this to myself?! by Mariner Books, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Meth Addiction. Sheff interviewed John Lennon and Yoko Ono in September 1980, roughly three months before Lennon's murder. Don't waste your money. No wonder the son became a lying, stealing, self-absorbed addict who took multiple rehabs to kick a habit. Nothing that the addicted son, nor either of his other two children, nor he himsel, What I learned from this book? This is in the father's perspective. It is moving, timely and startlingly beautiful.' As you can imagine, Goodreads editors are voracious readers and there's nothing we like more than talking shop.... To see what your friends thought of this book. Relatedly, it's a boomer nightmare of "I'm not your dad, I'm your best friend, little dude!" A drug addict will steal your wallet and then help you look for it.”. I know. "They made a movie out of it, starring Steve Carrell. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2019. We work hard to protect your security and privacy. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. I've seldom been quite so thrilled for a book to be finished, not least of all because this author is one of the most hideously self-obsessed and self-congratulatory people I've ever had the displeasure to spend way too much virtual time with. "Hurry up and read the book, Beautiful Boy," the email from my mother read. It’s just, to be frank, irritating to hear about a young white male of high socioeconomic standing, manage to be so thoroughly privileged during (and subsequently following) such dark years, when there are stories out there of people (due to their lesser social stations) who don’t have the advantages that Nic does... and especially don’t have the connections that lead them book deals and careers working in television. When I was twenty-four, I interviewed John Lennon. But this book was so irritating to me. Beautiful Boy Report Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction is a best selling book written by a famous journalist David Sheff. It is the story of a father watching his child destroy himself and the havoc that wreaks on the family he comes from. Sheff didn't miss a fucking beat. burn this book to ashes, then burn the ashes. About the Author . But it just shows that even people with loving families are not exempt from drug addiction. Hi Ellen- Yes, my son wrote two books about his experience: Tweak and We All Fall Down. It was published by Houghton Mifflin on February 26, 2008. I'm cool, right? Beautiful Boy is a fiercely candid memoir that brings immediacy to the emotional rollercoaster of loving a child who seems beyond help. I am making an exception and breaking one of my own rules. The book was based on his article, “My Addicted Son,” which appeared in the New York Times Magazine. Read the other side of Nic Sheff's bestselling memoir, Tweak. It is multi layered and graphic and disturbing and not an easy book to read. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Wired, and many other publications. Clean: Overcoming Addiction and Ending America’s Greatest Tragedy, I Love You, More: Short Stories of Addiction, Recovery, and Loss From the Family's Perspective, Addiction and Change, Second Edition: How Addictions Develop and Addicted People Recover, "An honest, hopeful book, coming at a propitious moment in the meth epidemic." Oh boy, this was not an easy book to read, but I won't be quick to forget it either. A tough read, an easy read. Instead he writes family scene after family scene of Nick being this golden boy as a child/teenager which becomes annoying because clearly Nick had problems beyond the divorce when he was a young child. Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction is a 2008 memoir by journalist David Sheff that follows his experience trying … Anyone who's known an addict; anyone who knows someone who has an addict in their life, 3.5 stars. This is a cautionary tale for parents. Something went wrong. David Sheff is a courageous man. I read this after watching the grueling and heartbreaking movie of the same name. *Sunil*: I came back in here to 'edit' my *STARS*.....(you gave it 4): Pretty high for you, too! I liked this book a lot better than Tweak. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, No Import Fees Deposit & $9.54 Shipping to Netherlands. The first, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, was written by David Sheff, and … It's a disease; it's not their fault... but they're the only ones who can control it. If you can believe this father, his son was nothing short of the second coming. I don't know whether or not you have to be a parent to be moved by it, but I feel his pain. The strength it would take to throw your mess out to the wolves hoping it could help a few lost sheep is awesome. While painfully candid, Beautiful Boy is equally optimistic and powerful.” — Martin Sheen, actor A memoir may be an author's recollection of past events but is David Sheff really that clueless about the effects of his own behavior on his son beyond the obvious? David is depressed. Welcome back. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 31, 2019. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. If you want to read his son's perspective read Tweak. Lots of questions, lots of disturbing statistics and scenes. During teen years, the somewhat innocent experimentation/desire to feel differently mindset that teens get involved in can take them on a roller-coaster addiction cycle from which it is hard to break free. Beautiful Boy is based on a book — two books, actually. He can't turn to God. Now I'm off to listen to the son's account because I crave more torture, apparently. I recently did an online university course called understanding drugs and addiction and I am glad I did as this helped me with the medical implications and details threaded through this book which are explained and explored in Great detail and depth as David Sheff seeks to understand what is happening to his much loved son, mentally physically and emotionally. Our daughter said this book is so good. Drug and alcohol addiction is an un-biased monster. An engrossing, but often irritating, read. Refresh and try again. Start by marking “Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction” as Want to Read: Error rating book. And he suffered from the guilt of letting his family down. LitCharts makes it easy to find quotes by chapter, character, and theme. Power story about a family's struggle with addiction, Reviewed in the United States on October 19, 2018. It's recently been adapted into a film starring Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell. Tweak was relatable to me, and so was We All Fall Down. The father is a great writer, and he did a great job making me feel as if I was going through the experience with him. You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. In 2009, Sheff was included in Time Magazine ' s Time 100, The World's Most Influential People, and Beautiful Boy was named the best nonfiction book of the year by Entertainment Weekly. While Nic’s early childhood is idyllic, the missteps that both David and Nic make in his upbringing have a … Beautiful Boy a revelation. It would have been better if the author had really acknowledged that. https://www.amazon.com/beautiful-boy-Books/s?k=beautiful+boy&rh=n:283155 One of the best books dealing with addiction I've ever read. I am not sure if I exactly enjoyed reading it, I stopped and started, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 16, 2019.
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