In writing that is raw and honest, Nic spares no detail in telling us the compelling, heartbreaking, and true story of his relapse and the road to recovery. As we watch Nic plunge the mental and physical depths of drug addiction, he paints a picture of a person at odds with his past, with his family, with his substances, and with himself.
You can also hear Nic's father's perspective in his memoir: Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey through His Son's Meth Addiction.
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"Garcia becomes Sheff, offering a gritty and raw performance that demonstrates just how dire the circumstances surrounding Sheff's existence really were." (Publishers Weekly)
"Garcia delivers a strong and commanding reading that perfectly expresses the rawness of Sheff's most personal recollections….Endlessly memorable." (AudioFile)
If you or anyone you know or love has a problem with addiction, this is a must read. The addict understands everything that the author experiences. I listened to this going to work and couldn't wait to get back to it. If you liked "A Million Pieces", you'll love this one.
If it had been written by his father, David Sheff, but that would be impossible. His father's version of the same events from his perspective is so far superior to this effort that you can only be let down when you hear this 'fill in the blanks' version.
I was intrigued to listen to this because David Sheff's heart felt book, Beautiful Boy, was basically a mystery at it's heart. Learning what happened during Nic's absences and how it all began first hand was a big draw. Too bad it turned out to be a non-mystery and he really wasn't doing much at all besides living a cliche.
Unless he has matured and has developed some self awareness, it's doubtful. I was hoping for some insight but didn't really get any.
I found this complementary memoir to "Beautiful Boy" to be devoid of any insight, character development or nuanced emotion. It is simply a repetitious recounting of long sequences about either 1) the effects of doing drugs, or 2) the logistics of looking for drugs.
I am surprised, as this writer is self-described as quite accomplished in other areas of his life, and still, throughout this memoir, finds getting high his top priority.
I was hoping some of the narrative gifts and perceptive acumen of his father might have been included in this writer's DNA, but evidently not.
This book helped me see things from an addicts perspective.
My brother had been addicted to opiates for many years before tragically losing his life. The struggles he faced were so similar to Nic's in this story.
This was one of my brother's favorite books and he kept asking me to read it. I am so glad I did.
The writing, along with the narration had me feeling each moment as if I were there with the characters. I loved it!
A MUST READ if your child has a drug addiction. This book really helped me understand where my son was coming from as an addict. It validated what I knew to be. Thank you Nic for sharing your story!
Nic Sheffs story is beyond incredible let me just tell you. Going to the depths of addiction hell as many times as he did had me feeling like he is a bit of a masochist.....but it also helps shed light on issues that go beyond just wanting to get high. Issues like self-worth, self-respect and self love. A whole lot of self short comings that subliminally lead to the use of substance to cover them up. This book really really helped me out in the sense of making it so I don't feel alone in my struggle. It would be priceless to meet Nic someday and get his opinion on things but other then that the only downfall I found with the audible version is the guy who narrates it. His voice drove me nuts at first but I eventually learned to get over it.
A promising young man grows up with everything -- especially parental love -- and still, his life goes off the rails because of his addiction/illness. Nic is one of those people who should not drink or use drugs, period. It feels like he took it up because, well, young people experiment. In other words, I don't think anyone could've prevented him from going down the path he did. This is a book that parents and their teenage children should read and talk about. Having said this, it's repetitive at times and the writer uses "whatever" far too often. A third of this book could've been edited out and nothing would've been lost.
I first read "Beautiful Boy" written by Nic's father; and I was so happy to see Nic had written a book because I knew he was finally able to become sober. "Tweak" is beautifully written and amazingly honest. Thanks to Nic Sheff for writing a book which will be so helpful to people who are suffering with the effects of drugs and/or alcohol.
The memoir reads out like a long and endless thought, I felt as though I was looking through his eyes as he depicted the various stages of relapse and recovery. It weighed on me heavily as I listened, as if it were me experiencing it all. The accounts of emotional honesty are as real as it gets, don't go looking nice for fiction work, the unbelievable stuff is right here.
The reader has clearly edited lines stuck into the story that sound nothing like the original recording. It becomes so obvious and frequent that it's laughable.
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