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.
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.
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.
This is one of the best books I have ever listened to on audible!!! The narrator reads magnificent. The story line is great!! Well written!!!!
This book is so honestly written. The pain, dread, injury inside & out. As a mother I appreciate the knowledge shared in this book. Although I have never been substance addicted, I had many of these same crushing thoughts. I was a great & practiced victim and could not see past myself. It was beautiful how Nic was able to grow with the help of so many caring people. So much wisdom & very happy that it was shared. Thank you for this wonderful book.
A harrowing story of a young man's struggle to recover from addiction. Being a young author there is some perspective and maturity that has surely developed in years since. Recent interviews have been indicative of these changes. I look forward to reading more by Nic and his father.
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