Saturday, April 18, 2009

Beautiful Boy

I just finished reading Beautiful Boy by David Sheff this morning. Truly an amazing book. It's the story of a father dealing with his sons addition to drugs, mainly meth. It's sad. Painful and frustrating to read at certain points. But worth the time due to the fact that we have all know someone with addition problems at some point in our lives.

Synopsis from Dave Callanan:
From as early as grade school, the world seemed to be on Nic Sheff's string. Bright and athletic, he excelled in any setting and appeared destined for greatness. Yet as childhood exuberance faded into teenage angst, the precocious boy found himself going down a much different path. Seduced by the illicit world of drugs and alcohol, he quickly found himself caught in the clutches of addiction. Beautiful Boy is Nic's story, but from the perspective of his father, David. Achingly honest, it chronicles the betrayal, pain, and terrifying question marks that haunt the loved ones of an addict. Many respond to addiction with a painful oath of silence, but David Sheff opens up personal wounds to reinforce that it is a disease, and must be treated as such. Most importantly, his journey provides those in similar situations with a commodity that they can never lose: hope

I also just discovered that Nic Sheff has written a book called Tweak: Growing Up on Methamphetamines. I think it might be interesting to read both books, this way you get the parent's and child's perspective. Nevertheless, it's a good sign that he has remained sober enough to not only write a memoir but also have it published.

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