Not my story but close enough. Well, the rehab/relapse cycle is, uhhh, cyclical, which means that *you probably shouldn't write an interminable chronological account of it*. 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 and that all kids are experimenting no matter if they've been told that it's bad or not. Start by marking “Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction” as Want to Read: Error rating book. While Nic’s early childhood is idyllic, the missteps that both David and Nic make in his upbringing have a … One of the best books dealing with addiction I've ever read. This family has incredible moxie, man. He can't turn to God. It’s shitty of me to say these things, but my initial positive reaction to this book is hampered by the fact that it’s essentially about a severely addicted individual, who grew up in, and has maintained even after sobriety, a life of. 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. Publishers Weekly. 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 story of a talented, golden child, athletic, clever, dearly loved but addicted, told from his father's perspective is compelling searching and moving in the extreme. Our daughter said this book is so good. Okay, I just re-read what I wrote, and I know it's probably too harsh. I changed my rating from a 5 to a 4 after I read Tweak however. It's recently been adapted into a film starring Timothee Chalamet and Steve Carell. An incredibly sad, harrowing and depressing book to read, but also an absolutely essential read. So much of his horrifying journey struck a chord or a memory. I have some awareness of drugs, but not to this extent and it both scared and educated me. I have no doubt that the prayers were what was needed and I am so heartened that soul played a huge role in how the story unfolded and continues to unfold. 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. 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 father's account of his son's addiction to meth (among other things), but there's so much in here that's familiar to anyone who's known someone addicted to anything. The movie is based in part on David Sheff's book Beautiful Boy. Published in 2008, David Sheff’s memoir, Beautiful Boy, explores his experiences of coming to terms with his son’s addiction to methamphetamine. The point Sheff got across was just how hard it is to help someone with addiction, how draining it is. Oh boy, this was not an easy book to read, but I won't be quick to forget it either. I asked him about this sentiment, one that pervades rock and roll. "They made a movie out of it, starring Steve Carrell. Reviewed in the United States on February 11, 2017. It's been playing at the theatres since Oct 12th. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Beautiful Boy A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction (Book) : Sheff, David : #1 New York Times bestseller With a new afterword Now a Major Motion Picture Starring Steve Carell * Timothée Chalamet * Maura Tierney * and Amy Ryan A brilliant, harrowing, heartbreaking, fascinating story, full of beautiful moments and hard-won wisdom. I was so engrossed in this memoir. 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. He took strong, outraged exception to it. This is a cautionary tale for parents. This is in the father's perspective. ", I’m bitter about it. Plus, I don't think the author actually ever gets what he could have done to speed up his kid's coming to grips with addiction. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. We assign a color and icon like this one to each theme, making it easy to track which themes apply to each quote below. He was not telling the entire story about his son however. We’d love your help. It is multi layered and graphic and disturbing and not an easy book to read. 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. Yet as childhood exuberance faded into teenage angst, the precocious boy found himself … About the Author . DAVID SHEFF is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times best-selling memoir Beautiful Boy. It went on and on and on. A tough read, an easy read. 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